Human Rights and Equity Office

Human Rights and Equity Office
Human Rights and Equity Office

From the Ontario Human Rights Commission:

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe, it has touched all 7.8 billion of us in some way…Many groups are particularly vulnerable to negative impacts from COVID-19 precisely because their economic, social and cultural rights, right to equality and Indigenous rights have not been effectively protected or realized in Ontario and Canada over many decades.”

Both the pandemic itself and the responses of the government and institutions can be and are impacting vulnerable groups in many ways. The only way to get out of this pandemic is ‘through’, and the only way through is together. This page includes a list of resources which we offer to you in the spirit of mutual aid. If there are any other resources which you think should be included on this page, please email them to

COVID-19: Queens Information for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Queen’s COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

Queen’s COVID-19 Information for Students

Queen’s Emergency Financial Aid Assistance — Includes bursary assistance for COVID-19 related extenuating circumstances

Human Rights and Equity Office —The HREO remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic but is working remotely. As such, we are now taking questions and requests via email and can respond to queries and issues using other remote technology options.


Local (Kingston/Katarokwi) Supports

Downtown Kingston COVID-19 Update — This page includes updates on downtown businesses, how they are adapting, their reduced hours or hours for specific needs, which businesses are closed, Kingston Transit updates, etc.

COVID-19: Kingston Delivers — Information on Kingston businesses which are now delivering their products to Kingston and the Area families

Emergency Food/Meal Programs Available in Kingston & Frontenac — A list updated as of April 3rd, provided by KFL&A Public Health

Mutual Aid Katarokwi — A local group organizing in social solidarity to support neighbours to come together in Kingston and deliver groceries to folks isolating due to COVID-19

CareMongering YGK/Kingston — A group for sharing and organizing community resources in response to COVID-19. The goal of this group is to organize the local community on the grassroots level to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. It is also for the redistribution of resources in the case that stockpiling prevents people from accessing basics. You can also post requests for aid/support here.

Donate to Loving Hands Kingston — Loving Hands Kingston is a 100% volunteer-based and free organization which is still accepting monetary donations, food, pet food, and isolation activity donations for homeless people in Kingston. Donations can be organized over the phone, email, or Facebook

COVID-19: Prisoner Emergency Support Fund — An emergency support fund for recently released prisoners re-entering the community and families of people still imprisoned in Ontario


State, Institutional, and Community Resources

COVID-19: World Health Organization Health Advice

COVID-19: Community Legal Education Ontario Updates on the Law and Legal Services

COVID-19: 211 Ontario List of Supports — Information and resources for government and community-based social services

COVID-19: 211 Ontario List of Agencies Providing Food Support — Includes food banks, meal programs, and updates on community services

COVID-19: Resources for Indigenous Peoples — Resources from Indigenous Climate Action, including health and social distancing protocols, mental health support, traditional medicines and holistic practices, community care, entertainment, learning, and emergency funds

COVID-19: Multilingual Resources — Provided by MCIS Language Solutions

Free Wellness Resources (focused on Disability Rights) — This is an open google doc made by Diane R. Wiener, focused on “wellness” for folks with and without teaching backgrounds, with and without children and families. While this resource doc is rooted in the American context, we want to highlight the “Disability Communities and COVID-19” section, as it provides information and access to many virtual toolkits which are useful in global contexts, as well as information on podcasts, Zoom Disability Support Networks, etc.

How to Make a Cloth Face Cover — While the use of face masks is controversial for those of us who are not frontline workers, the Center for Disease Control recommends one wear a cloth face covering to help protect the most vulnerable when you venture outdoors. Here you will find a tutorial from the U.S. Surgeon General make a face covering in a few easy steps.


 COVID-19 and Human Rights


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COVID-19 and Gender Based Violence


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What a pandemic teaches us about racism (I)

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What a pandemic teaches us about racism (II)

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