Updates from the field​


Updates from the field

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This page lists resources, reports, training events and sector updates relevant to immigrant and refugee mental health.

COVID-19 Resources

Mental well-being

Understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety, for all. 

This webpage is designed to help people with concerns and questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and mental well-being. Access here.

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Resource hub – Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access here.

Mental Health Commission of Canada: External covid-19 resources. Access here.


National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health: Equity-informed responses to COVID-19. Access here.

Government of Canada resources

For credible, up-to-date information, please refer to the following:

Public health Canada

IRCC – Covid-19: Qs and As for service provider organizations

IRCC – Critical services for service provider organizations

Immigration and Refugee of Canada – Covid-19 measures


*limited in-person events to share due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar: COVID-19 services for newcomers, August 27, 2020, hosted by Service Canada. Register here.

Webinar: Preparing and transitioning to month 13, August 27, 2020, hosted by Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. Register here.

Virtual roundtable series in five cities - "This was already a crisis": Intersectional impact of COVID-19 and gender-based violence against non-status, refugee and immigrant women across Canada, September 10 and September 24, 2020, hosted by OCASI in partnership with other community-based organizations. Register here for different sessions across Canada.

Reports and resources

Report: The mental health of immigrants and refugees: Canadian evidence from a nationally linked database, developed by Statistics Canada. Read more here.

Report: Transitions into and out of employment by immigrants during the COVID-19 lockdown, developed by Statistics Canada. Read more here.

Report: Global trends - Forced displacement in 2019, developed by UNHCR. Read more here.

Report: Youth suicide in Toronto Bengali community: Challenges and strategies, by Bengali Information and Employment Services. Read more here.

Report: Redefining accountability to promote settlement sector resilience, developed by Sharon Broughton of York University and John Shields of Ryerson University. Read more here

Information sheets: COVID-Analytical snapshots, developed by International Organization of Migration. Read here.

Resources: Multilingual information on COVID-19 for migrant communities, developed by International Organization of Migration. Access here.

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