Information on COVID-19:

COVID-19 and Settlement Services in Chatham-Kent:

  • Chatham-Kent based settlement agency, Adult Language and Learning, has cancelled a number of programs to ensure the health and safety of their staff, clients, and the public. Office and Settlement Services staff are still available to communicate with clients online or by phone, Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adult Language and Learning can be reached at 519.354.7424 or by email at: info@adultlanguageandlearning.ca.

  • College Boreal Chatham-Kent offers a unique service to Newcomers to Canada: Socio-economic Integration Navigation.  This multilingual service assists newcomers in creating a customized short and long term plan to ensure a sustainable career that will impact not only first-generation immigrants but subsequent generations as well. As of September 2020, College Boreal will also be offering fast-track English language classes (LINC) with a focus on education and employment. Contact them today by phone at (519) 397-1677 or by email at: jiohanka.perez@collegeboreal.ca.

Multilingual Resources:

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada has a number of multi-language awareness resources on COVID-19, including fact sheets on physical distancing, how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, how to self isolate, and much more. These resources can be found here.

  • The Ministry of Health Ontario has information on COVID-19 and ways you can protect yourself. These PDF documents are available in 31 languages, and can be accessed here.

  • The Government of Canada has resources available in multiple languages on COVID-19 financial assistance, along with frequently asked questions for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees. The page can be accessed here.  

  • The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program has created a summary of financial benefits available under Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. These PDF charts are available in 9 languages, and can be accessed here.

  • The Government of Canada has developed a COVID-19 guide customized for Temporary Foreign Workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.COVID-19: A Guide for Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada includes information related to quarantine period, rights and responsibilities, and much more. The guide can be accessed here in English, French, Spanish.  

  • Refugee 613, together with Ottawa Public Health have developed a series of multilingual videos, explaining where and when to wear masks. Mandatory Mask videos are available in these Arabic, English, French, Farsi, Hindi, Nepalese, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese. The videos can be accessed here.

  • Safely Putting on and Taking off a Mask Fact Sheets in multiple languages, Staying Safe During COVID-19 Multilingual Videos, Multilingual Mental Health Videos are available on the Ottawa Public Health website.  

Supports and Benefits Available:

COVID-19 and children:

  • My Hero is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19! is a storybook developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. The book is available in 41 languages.

  • The Lambton Kent District School Board offers Elementary Online Learning Resources and Secondary Online Learning Resources for children and parents while schools are temporarily closed.

  • The Chatham-Kent Public Library has online databases that children and parents can access online here.

  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has suggestions on how you can talk about COVID-19 with your children. The 8 tips to help comfort and protect children from COVID-19, can be read here.