Big Update – May 25, 2020

Miscellaneous Info Update

We have had a wide variety of information, links and data come our way over the past week. We have decided that the easiest thing to do was to put together all that information in one place.

Federal Government

Canada Child Benefit

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be increased on July 20th for the remainder of the 2020-21 benefit year. Moving forward, recipients of the tax-free support can receive a maximum benefit of $6,765 per child under the age of six, and $5,708 per child aged six to 17. Additional details are available in the following News Release: Just Click Here!

Domestic Violence

Canada has invested $40 million to help Women and Gender Equality Canada continue its work to support women fleeing gender-based violence. More information is available in the following News Release: Just Click Here!

Ontario Government

Emergency Orders Extended

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29.

School Closure

The Ontario Government has closed the schools for the rest of this school year. More information on this decision and the Province’s plans for reopening the 2020-2021 school year is available in the following News Release: Just Click Here!

School Registration

If your child is registering for a new school, please reach out to the principal of the new school. If you need further help, please contact David Green: (

Region of Peel

In Depth

For those of you who want the deep technical information about reopening the following are some links from the Region.

From the Region’s public health officer – a plan for the next phase: Just Click Here!

From the City of Brampton – the path forward: Just Click Here!

Public Health

Protecting yourself and others: The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. Just Click Here!

Peel Works Harm Reduction

Currently, harm reduction services are available in Brampton at the following sites:
Mobile van services – Hours of service are Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
To access harm reduction supplies and naloxone kits in Peel, call or text the NEP cell phone at 647-225-1623.
Harm reduction supplies in Peel may also be accessed at the following locations:

  • Bloom clinic – 40 Finchgate Boulevard Suite 224, Brampton. Call ahead for hours at 416-294-0561.
  • OATC Brampton clinic – 118 Queen Street West Suite 301, Brampton. Monday to Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • John Howard Society of Peel Halton Dufferin – 134 Main Street N. Brampton ON Fridays between 10:30am – 2:30 pm. 905-459-0111 x 317.
  • MOYO Health and Community Services– prearranged drop off service Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12 noon and 4:30 pm. Request service by calling 416-948-6459 between 9 and 4:30 pm.

Harm reduction supplies/services via the mobile van are accessed via phone request. Clients call or text the NEP mobile van number (647-225-1623) and arrange an exchange.

City of Brampton


The City of Brampton has a webpage with all kinds of information about what is happening in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: Just C

Brampton Library

While the branches of the Brampton Library continue to be closed, the online library system continues to be open. You can get an online library card and borrow ebooks. Check out everything that the library can and will offer as we go through the pandemic together: Just Click Here!


Region of Peel

The Region of Peel has a link to various services and organizations dealing with distributing food in Peel: Just Click Here!

Jen Reviews – Recipes

The following is from an email sent to us by: Jen Reviews
We just published an updated, comprehensive guide on how to make super cheap meals that taste delicious on our sister site, Happy DIY Home. It is completely free and you can find it: Here!

Virtual Tutoring and Summer Camp

The following is from an email sent to us by Varsity Tutoring:

Virtual School Day

Over 10 free live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students. More info: Just Click Here!

Virtual Summer Camps

Free half-day summer camps will be a week-long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive classes will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform. We already have 200 camps scheduled for the summer. More info: Just Click Here!


CESB for Post-Secondary Students

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will begin on Friday, May 15, 2020. The CESB, which will be delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), will provide temporary income support to eligible post-secondary students and new graduates who are unable to work or find work this summer due to COVID-19, or are working and are not making over $1000.
If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, or do not earn more than $1,000, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for. Registering with is a way for students to find available opportunities to earn an income and meaningful work experience that will help them succeed in the future.
The CESB will be available from May to August 2020 to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; or who ended their studies no earlier than December 2019. It will also be available to Canadian students studying abroad, as well as high school graduates who will be starting a post-secondary program in the coming months. The CESB will provide $1,250 every four weeks to eligible students, or $2,000 every four weeks to eligible students with disabilities, or those with children or other dependents.
To get ready to apply, the CRA is encouraging eligible students to take three easy steps:

  1. Create a profile with the CRA by calling 1-800-959-8281 (for students who have never filed a tax return)
  2. Register for a CRA My Account as it is the fastest and easiest way to complete an application
  3. Enroll in Direct Deposit to have CESB payments deposited directly into their bank accounts.

Financial institutions across the country are also allowing Canadians to sign up for CRA Direct Deposit through their bank portals in a few easy steps.

For more information: Just Click Here!

Say It Loud

Just before COVID-19 disrupted everything several of us on staff at The Journey had the privilege of attending the launch meeting of “Say It Loud.” This is: “A national campaign for Black Youth aged 14-29 that promotes Black pride and positive cultural identity through technology, entrepreneurship, social innovation, fashion, culinary, visual, literary and performing arts.”
While COVID-19 has certainly interrupted this program, it has not stopped it. We would encourage black youth to check our Say It Loud, we were certainly impressed by the program: Just Click Here!


EmpowHer was created to help young women learn necessary skills to become great leaders.
This program was developed specifically to empower young women to have the necessary knowledge, connections and relationships to gain personal growth and understanding of the complexity of today’s society.
This is perfect for young women with little or no work experience and for those with little or no Canadian work experience. The main project of this program is community engagement and civic action.
EmpowHER is looking for 48 special woman between the ages of 15-29 and living in Peel Region to contact us at
For more information: Just Click Here!

Brampton Youth Task Force

The City of Brampton has a great page with many links to assist family and youth to get through the lockdown: Just Click Here!

Mental Health and Crisis

For access points to child and youth mental health, please refer to the following link: Just Click Here!

Free Webinars for parent and caregivers: Just Click Here!

Tangerine is offering booked consultations on Wednesday and Thursdays. Please refer to the following link: Just Click Here!
Crisis Response Service number is 416-410-8615.