Equity & Inclusion

How to be an inclusive leader through a crisis: Leaders are under extraordinary pressure right now. They are expected to make decisions quickly with incomplete and rapidly evolving information. And unfortunately, being in crisis mode can cause even the most intentional and well-meaning leaders to fall into patterns of bias and exclusion.


Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion: An article from CCDI regarding the need to maintain equity, diversity and inclusion principles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • CCDI Blogs: A series of blog postings from CCDI regarding equity, diversity and inclusion issues as they arise in relation to COVID-19.


Ten Equity Considerations of COVID-19: A report from the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People on the equity implications of COVID-19 in the United States. The report calls to attention stigmatism, exposure implications, social justice and testing procedures among others.


Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response: This document provides an overview of human rights concerns posed by the coronavirus outbreak, drawing on examples of government responses to date, and recommends ways governments and other actors can respect human rights in their response.


Ontario Human Rights Commission: A policy statement release from the Ontario Human Rights Commission to guide all levels of government on approach human rights approach to issues dealing with COVID-19 such as testing procedures, response to discrimination and racism and protection of vulnerable groups.


Mental health care for international Chinese students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak: Chinese students are living with the fear that their families in China are susceptible and at risk of infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for COVID-19. They also face discrimination and isolation in some countries due to being deemed as potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers.1 Some media outlets have used derogatory headlines, perpetuating stereotypes and prejudices about Chinese people. This coverage fuels public fear, alienation, and discrimination. Consequently, such students are at risk of hate crimes, especially when individuals consider them contagious. This situation can lead to mental health problems, such as denial, stress, anxiety, and fear. Hence, we urgently need to address the mental health needs of international Chinese students.


National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health: A resource page for COVID-19 put together by the National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health. The resources are broken down into categories such as environmental health, public health ethics and Indigenous health.

  • Multi-lingual Resources: A list of available multi-lingual resources on COVID-19 for the general public from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term care.

  • Equity Pandemic Planning, Response and Recovery: A list of public health journal articles specific to equity in relation to pandemic planning, response and recovery compiled by the National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health.

  • Conversation Series: A webinar series held weekly by the National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health regarding health equity and COVID-19. Previous episodes are also available.

Alliance for Healthier Communities: An opinion letter from the Alliance for Healthier Communities to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health regarding the testing and data technologies being employed for COVID-19.

Chinese Canadians Facing Hate Racism: A National Post article written by Larry Heng which discusses the stigmatism and discrimination taking place in Canada, specifically through social media channels, due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Response Must be Disability Inclusive: There are more than 1 billion people living with disabilities (PLWD) worldwide. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is likely to disproportionately affect these individuals, putting them at risk of increased morbidity and mortality, underscoring the urgent need to improve provision of health care for this group and maintain the global health commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

UN News: An article from the United Nations urging governments to take action to reduce discrimination against peoples with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic on the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rick Hansen Foundation: A list of resources for persons with disabilities to utilize specific to COVID-19 including financial support, mental health resources and shopping tips to avoid contracting COVID-19.