MCIS COVID-19 Response
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Ontario
- COVID-19 Communication Resources
- 2021-06-10: Ontario will begin accelerating second COVID-19 vaccine doses in 7 delta variant hot spots
- 2021-05-12: Ontario will no longer give AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as 1st dose due to blood clot risk
- 2021-05-12: Ontario stops increased vaccine supply Toronto hot spots as city officials urge province to reconsider
- 2021-04-21: Toronto to triple COVID-19 Vaccine doses in 13 hot spot zones
- 2021-04-20: These 20 Ontario pharmacies will administer COVID-19 vaccines 24/7
- 2021-06-10: Ontario to release updated COVID-19 projections as it prepares to enter step one of reopening plan
- 2021-06-08: Easing of border restrictions to apply to those fully vaccinated: Trudeau
- 2021-05-20: Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province
- 2021-06-03: Ontario eases restrictions on long-term care residents, updates guidance to allow vaccine mixing
- 2021-06-02: Government of Canada Announces Details of the New Canada Recovery Hiring Program and Extension of Business Support Programs
- 2021-06-02: Ontario won’t reopen schools for in-person learning this spring, Ford announces
- 2021-06-01: Ontario’s stay-at-home order set to expire but most COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place
- 2021-05-28: Ontario shortens COVID-19 2nd-dose interval, aims to have youth vaccinated before Sept.
- 2021-05-27: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on May 27, 2021
- 2021-05-27: Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
- 2021-05-27: York Region says it’s been given ‘heads up’ by Ontario to shorten 2nddose interval
- 2021-05-27: At current rates: when will most Canadians be fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
- 2021-05-26: COVID-19 information and resources: reducing your risk for infection and spreading the virus
- 2021-05-26: Why is Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan timeline slower than other provinces?
- 2021-05-21: Government of Canada extends quarantine measures and travel restrictions
- 2021-05-20: Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reopening starts Saturday, with gold, tennis, basketball; schools stay closed, most things to open by August
- 2021-05-20: Ontario government set to unveil gradual COVID-19 reopening plan for province
- 2021-05-20: Canadian study to investigate mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccines
- 2021-05-19: Canada’s privacy commissioners issue guidance as country mulls COVID-19 vaccine passports
- 2021-05-19: COVID-19 information and resources: reducing your risk for infection and spreading the virus
- 2021-05-19: Ontario reports lowest daily COVID-19 case count since late March
- 2021-05-13: Doug Ford extends Ontario’s stay-at-home order until June 2
- 2021-05-12: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on May 12, 2021
- 2021-05-07: Minister Miller talks about mental wellness during the pandemic
- 2021-05-06: Children aged 12-15 in Guelph can pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine
- 2021-05-05: Ontario expects 65% of adults to have first COVID-19 vaccine does by end of May
- 2021-05-05: Health Canada authorizes use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 to 15 years of age
- 2021-05-05: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on May 5, 2021
- 2021-04-29: COVID-19: Ontario to provide update on vaccine rollout Thursday
- 2021-04-29: Government of Canada funds two new projects to encourage vaccine uptake in Canada
- 2021-04-28: The Ontario government will offer workers in the province who need time off due to COVID-19 will be eligible to receive up to three paid sick days as part of a temporary provincial program that ends in September.
- 2021-04-27: Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on April 26
- 2021-04-19: Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, Resilience
- 2021-04-15: COVID-19 How to Get Vaccinated
- 2020-09-26: Government of Canada launches recovery benefits as CERB comes to an end.
- 2020-07-01: MCIS has resumed the provision of in-person interpretation services as of July 1, 2020.
- 2020-04-23: MCIS extends suspension of in-person interpretation services to June 30, 2020.
- 2020-04-15: Government of Canada announces CERB benefit for those who earn $1,000 or less for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week period of the claim.
- 2020-03-27: Government of Canada announces measures to support self-employed contractors affected by COVID-19.
- 2020-03-25: MCIS suspends in-person interpretation services from March 30 to April 30, 2020.
- 2020-03-25: Government of Canada mandates an immediate 14-day isolation quarantine for all Canadians returning to Canada as of 11:59 p.m. on March 25.
- 2020-03-23: City of Toronto declares a state of emergency
- 2020-03-23: Ontario orders non-essential workplaces to close.
- 2020-03-20: Manitoba declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19.
- 2020-03-18: Canada advises against all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
- 2020-03-17: Ontario and Alberta declare states of emergency in response to COVID-19.
- 2020-03-17: Canada closes border to non-citizens and non-PRs.
- 2020-03-11: WHO declares COVID-19 a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting lives across Canada and around the world. It is now more important than ever that non-English speaking communities have access to critical information about COVID-19 so they can keep themselves safe and healthy, so that everyone can work together to beat this pandemic. At MCIS, we do not want cost to be a barrier preventing people from having access to critical information in their language.For this reason, we have created a fund to assist organizations that are working hard to support these communities. We are offering a free interpretation phone line for COVID-19 related conversations and making it available to eligible SPs and partners. In addition, we are offering free and subsidized translation services for COVID-19 related materials. If you need either of these services and cannot afford the regular cost, please use the buttons below to access the application forms.
We asked our staff and language professionals to share multilingual video messages, consisting of working from home tips, wellness tips or messages of gratitude towards front line workers during COVID-19. Here are their messages:
As concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak continue to rise, we would like to assure everyone that the health and safety of our clients, employees and freelance professionals is of utmost concern to MCIS. We are working equally hard to also ensure service continuity while keeping our interpreters safe and contributing to the collective effort to #FlattenTheCurve. In response to feedback from customers and information available from public health authorities, MCIS is extending the suspension of in-person interpretation services from May 1 to June 30, 2020. Exceptions will only be made for critical cases.
All our other services are available, including immediate and scheduled telephone interpretation, as well as HIPAA-compliant, secure scheduled video interpretation. We encourage our customers to explore these as alternative options to replace face-to-face appointments.
We are monitoring all information provided by public health authorities and following official guidelines to minimize risks to all parties, including our customers, freelancers and staff. As the situation is rapidly changing, we are adapting as promptly as possible, so please monitor this page often for the latest updates.
We thank you for your continued to support in ensuring that we work together to ensure the safety of our customers, interpreters and staff.
And as part of our contribution to the COVID-19 situation, MCIS has collected multilingual resources on COVID-19 in a wide range of languages. Some of the materials were translated by us, others were kindly shared by our customers and partners. If you or someone you know needs access to COVID-19 information in other languages, please refer to the list of languages on this page. We encourage you to share them widely.
In addition, we have created responses specific to our customers and our language professionals. Please refer to the buttons on this page for this information.