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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Have you heard of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? Happening all of June, every dollar you donate to OFCP qualifies us to win $20,000. Get all the details at #GivingChallengeCA 

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is an initiative from CanadaHelps that encourages Canadians across the country to donate to charities throughout the month of June.

For 2020, we're pleased to announce a grand prize of $20,000 —an increase of $10,000 from last year! The giving challenge runs from June 1st to June 30th, and is an opportunity for charities to rally their supporters and drive more donations for their cause.

Every dollar donated to any charity by an individual in June via,, or CanadaHelps fundraising tools* is an automatic entry for the chosen charity to win a $20,000 donation.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extended

The Prime Minister has announced an extension of the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit). 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is being extended by two more months, even as the government encourages people to look for jobs and to go back to work when it's possible to do so.

CERB has provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the financial supports will be extended for an additional eight weeks for those who still can't work as provinces and territories gradually reopen their economies.

For more information, click here to read a CBC article on the extension

Mandatory Mask Information

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) has announced that masks are mandatory, saying: as more customers return to transit, it will be increasingly difficult to maintain physical distancing. Face masks or coverings will help to keep customers safe from the spread of the virus.

The following are exempt from the mandatory mask rule
  • Children under two years of age.
  • Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering.
  • Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance.
  • TTC employees and agents within an area designated for TTC personnel and not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier or shield.
  • Additional accommodations in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code will also be considered.

In addition, Via Rail has made masks mandatory on all trains as of June 23rd. They must be worn throughout trips, except for when eating or drinking, and when physical distancing is not possible in stations and at boarding. Via Rail says it will have a limited number of disposable masks available for passengers who don't have one at boarding.

Finally, masks are required to be worn at the airport for those that are to partake in air travel, as Transport Canada says that people flying to or from Canadian airports will have to have masks to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Statistics Canada Survey

As you may have seen, Statistics Canada has launched a survey on how COVID-19 is impacting Canadians with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions. The survey includes questions about employment, household expenses, support networks and access to services. It will be posted online until July 6th. The more people who answer the survey, the better the information will be.
We have included the link to the survey below. Please fill it out. And spread the word!
Thank you.

March of Dimes Recreation and Interactive programs

March of Dimes Canada has gone virtual with their Recreation and Interactive programs. Taking part in online programs can help you stay connected and engaged from the safety and comfort of your own home. MODC's Recreation and Integration online virtual programming offers a variety of weekly online interactive activities hosted by the March of Dimes Canada Recreation staff, including virtual travel, music, art, exercises, theatre and interactive games.  

They are also offering an App & Technology assistance program, so individuals with a disability can get the help they need to download Apps or use their devices at home. For more information email their program staff at

Managing Difficult Emotions During COVID-19

A virtual workshop hosted by WCHC (Woolwich Community Health Centre) presented by Penny Bedford, Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Session's focus is on:
  • Understanding the emotional ups and downs people experience during the current pandemic
  • Impact on health, relationships and self-esteem
  • Ways to deal and manage difficult emotions

View presentation at - click on tab labeled 'Wellness Blog' (top right)


1. IN CRISIS? Call Here 24/7 at 1-844-HERE-247 (437-3247) or
TTY 1-877-688-5501

2. Canadian Mental Health Association:
3. Government of Canada website “Wellness together”
4. Dan Siegel’s Hand Model of the Brain:
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