COVID-19 resources for youth and students

Information on how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, tips for taking care of your physical and mental health, and other resources to help you.

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Your role in preventing COVID-19

Youth and students play an important role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following public health measures. This includes:

We've responded to some of the top questions you may have about COVID-19 in a series of video interviews.

Physical distancing

You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you don't have any of the symptoms, such as cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Physical distancing helps slow the spread of this disease.

Tips for physical distancing

The following content has been adapted with permission from Ottawa Public Health.

Do: Don't:
  • use technology to keep in touch with family and friends, such as using social media, sending an email or text, or having a phone call or video chat
  • spend time with the people you live with
  • stay 2 metres away from others when you go outside for a walk, jog or bike ride
  • read a book or write in a journal
  • catch up on TV shows, movies or video games
  • cook a meal for the people you live with
  • try something new, like yoga, crafting or baking
  • hang out with your friends in person
  • have sleep-overs
  • take a drive with friends or anyone who doesn't live in your household
  • share food, drinks, makeup, cigarettes or vape devices

Learn more about how you can help protect your family, friends and community.

Taking care of your mental and physical health

For some of you, this can be a difficult time for many reasons. School has been interrupted. You aren't able to connect with your friends in the same way. Many activities and important events have been cancelled. It's okay not to be okay, especially when the world has been turned upside down. But it's important to remember that this situation won't last forever.

You're not alone. You may feel overwhelmed, confused, scared or angry during this time. Take care of your mental and physical health during this time by:

The above list has been adapted with permission from School Mental Health Ontario.

It's important to take care of your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ask for help if you need it. If you can, talk to a trusted adult. If you need someone else to talk to in confidence, reach out to a youth organization, such as:

Financial support

We have put in place a number of measures to help youth, post-secondary students and recent graduates financially, including:

Learn more about these and other financial programs, and how they can help you.

Preventing cyber scams

We've seen an increase in reports of harmful phishing campaigns and malware scams related to COVID-19. Learn how to protect yourself against scams.

For youth experiencing family violence

If you're experiencing violence or abuse at home, you should seek help at a time and place that's safe for you.

Visit our family violence youth site to learn more, and to find a list of who you can talk to.

For Indigenous youth

We've put together a list of Indigenous resources about COVID-19 across Canada. This includes two videos that show how you can help keep your family and community healthy and safe:

The videos listed above are also available in several Indigenous languages.

Other resources for Indigenous youth

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