Our COVID-19 Response

In a time when we’re being told to keep distance, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stand together for inclusion.

With the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen fresh attempts to turn Canadians against each other by attacking particular individuals and groups with racist and discriminatory disinformation. These xenophobic and exclusionary sentiments are meant to divide; to fracture our inclusive societies. Their fearmongering floats across borders and aims to form cracks in our society.

We must recognize these attempts, reject division, and embrace inclusion.

Over the coming months, we at the ICC will be taking on this mission. We’ll be sharing stories about how this crisis affects members of our community, tools and tips on how to fight discriminatory information, and ways to stay connected while physically apart. Together, we can build a more inclusive world, online and off.

Since the pandemic began, there has been a rise in anti-immigrant discrimination. A reaction of fear, brought on by crisis. But in response to fear, we need to choose compassion. In defiance of discrimination, we need to choose unity. This video is our message of unity. It is our thank you to every new Canadian, immigrant, foreign seasonal worker, every frontline worker for your help. In a time when we’re being told to keep a distance, it’s more important than ever that we stand together.

Featured Articles

We have partnered with The Walrus, a leading Canadian magazine, to bring you weekly articles exploring disinformation and discrimination in the context of COVID-19. Below are a few of these articles; the full list can be found here.

How COVID-19 is changing the way that Canadians interact with each other

Fear and misinformation are proliferating online, fuelling racism and discrimination amid the crisis

Physician and author Vincent Lam discusses racism, anxiety, and working on the frontlines during SARS and COVID-19

Vincent Lam has experienced two viral outbreaks as a physician: SARS, and now COVID-19. We spoke with him about what it’s like to work on the frontlines, how to manage the fear and anxiety surrounding pandemics, and the subtle ways that racism functions and flourishes during a crisis.

Featured Collaborations

We’ve partnered with the Embassy of Canada to produce a series of conversations between Mexican and Canadian speakers, thinkers, and doers. The second chapter of the Mexico-Canada Dialogues focused on COVID-19 and the value of women.

A short animated video on how to protect yourself from false information. Video made in collaboration with Aude Favre, journalist and creator of the WTFake YouTube channel.