Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Canadian universities: Information and resources

Canada’s universities are on the front lines of addressing the COVID-19 situation and continue to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the broader community as this situation evolves. Universities are joining forces with governments at all levels, the private sector and civil society to donate and source critical medical supplies, and are working with community partners to provide a wide range of supports for the national public health response to COVID-19.

Universities have an important role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Canadian communities. They are following the directives of public health agencies and taking strong measures to facilitate social distancing while continuing to provide essential supports for students. 

Universities across the country, both large and small, are also conducting urgent and collaborative research to help address this global outbreak. With the support of $52.6M in funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 96 university research teams across Canada are undertaking wide-ranging, interdisciplinary projects to inform clinical and public health response, develop and evaluate diagnostic tools and vaccines, and tackle misinformation.  

Universities Canada continues to work closely with universities, partners and provincial and federal governments in mitigating risks and finding solutions to COVID-19As an organization,  Universities Canada has transitioned to a work-from-home protocol and continues to provide critical and timely support to our clients and members.  

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