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A guide to resources available to the University of Toronto community for Canadian government information prepared by Sam-chin Li, University of Toronto Libraries



"You cannot fight a fire blindfolded."

(Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO))

Stay informed with government information on our battle with COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus.

"Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019." (Q&A, WHO)


[See also WHO Timeline, WHO's responseEmergency Measures Tracker, Coronavirus News Updates and Hubei Timeline]

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020


Public health & mental health services

Outbreak updates

Updates from Governments & IGOs

Government responses

Check Media resources for the most up-to-date responses from the governemnts.

Guidance documents and statements

Legislative & other measures

Reopening & recovery

Business & workers

Economics & finance

Food, agriculture & trade

Housing, telecommunication & transportation

Testing, contact tracing & vaccine

Medical devices, PPE & public health management

Parents, children & students

Seniors, vulnerable people & inmates

Indigenous communities


Research & development

About this page

This page is a collection of government information related to COVID-19. It is a living document and will be updated as more resources are available. Please email for correction, suggestions or addition.