Coronavirus disease (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.



  • Reducing COVID-19 risk in community settings: A tool for operators
  • Readiness criteria and indicators for easing restrictive public health measures
  • At home: Using ventilation and filtration to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19
  • Guidance on indoor ventilation during the pandemic
  • Plan a safe holiday or celebration
  • Safety advice for private indoor gatherings
  • Guidance for a strategic approach to lifting restrictive public health measures
  • Individual and community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Canada
  • Guidance for providers of services for people experiencing homelessness in the context of COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and people with disabilities in Canada
  • Child and youth settings

    Post-secondary institutions

    Health professionals



    Infection prevention and control

    Surveillance and reporting


    Oral health

    Health sector preparation


    Indigenous communities


    Death care services

    Faith community leaders

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