COVID-19: Guidance documents

The following is ethical and technical guidance on COVID-19 for various audiences.

About guidance creation

We have developed guidance for managing COVID-19. This guidance is for:

  • health professionals who manage clinical care, and infection prevention and control within health care facilities
  • health professionals who develop public health advice, policies and programs
  • a broad range of sectors, including:
    • industry
    • youth and child care settings
    • community-based services (for example, services for homeless people)
    • death services
    • faith community leaders

The guidelines complement provincial and territorial public health efforts. They were developed jointly by:

  • the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Health Canada
  • federal, provincial and territorial governments
  • health authorities
  • public health experts

We based this guidance on the best current scientific knowledge, expert opinion and public health practices. It may change as we learn more.

Provinces and territories also have guidance for health professionals. These may include legislative, regulatory, policy and practice requirements, as well as professional guidelines. Their recommendations may differ, reflecting differences in the epidemic across the country.

If you are a health care provider looking for guidance for your profession, contact the licensing or accreditation organization in your province.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety may also have guidance for your sector.


Child and youth settings


Death care services


Faith community leaders

Health professionals


National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)


Storage, handling and transportation

Vaccine confidence and training

Vaccine safety and side effects

Infection prevention and control

Acute care

Ambulance and outpatient care

Health care settings

Home care

Long-term care (general)

Pets and long-term care

Remote care

Surveillance and reporting

Contact tracing

National definitions

Surveillance recommendations


Clinical features









Oral health

Health sector preparation

Indigenous communities


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