COVID-19 Information Sources

Site: COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Abuse Prevention and Isolation Support

Description (Service) In this listing, you will find information about Safety Resources, Crisis/Distress Lines, support for Older Adults, Online Community Groups to help you through this pandemic.


In an emergency call 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance
Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • call Crisis Line at 705-728-2544 or 1-800-461-1716 for immediate help
  • call Outreach Services at 705-721-9977 for phone support
  • 24 hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available
  • see website for more resources
Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre
  • 24 hour crisis line 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799
  • free and confidential individual counselling for women 16 yrs and up who have experienced sexual violence at any time
Sexual Assault Treatment Centre, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
  • provides emergency medical care and treatment options to victims of sexual and domestic assault
  • police involvement is not required to access the service
  • see website for more resources
Assaulted Women's Helpline
  • counselors continue to be available 24/7 to support women and seniors experiencing abuse
  • Assaulted Women's Helpline 1-866-863-0511
  • Senior Safety Line 1-866-299-1011
  • see website for more resources
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
  • access child protection services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 705-726-6587 or 1-800-461-4236
  • see website for more resources
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
  • Charity dedicated to personal safety of all children with goal to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and prevent child victimization
  • see website for COVID-19 Resources

Older Adults

Seniors Centre without Walls
  • free interactive telephone-based program that connects seniors and enables them to be social, informed and connected during difficult times, program run by City of Barrie 55+ Centre staff and volunteers
  • enjoy a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brain stimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks
  • see website for more information
Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe, Reassurance Call Program
  • free regular phone calls Mon-sun 9 am-9 pm available to anyone within the local calling area who experiences loneliness or isolation, is housebound, has reduced mobility and would like to engage in friendly conversation with a trained volunteer
  • to register for service in Barrie call 705-726-7922, in Orillia call 705-325-9534
Ontario Caregiver Organization
  • 24/7 Helpline for caregiver information, assessment and referral to connect people to community services
  • live chat through website, Mon-Fri 7 am-9 pm
  • online support groups and tip sheets related to COVID-19
  • call Helpline at 1-833-416-2273, for all other details see website
North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network
  • Regional Bereavement Support Line 705-325-7871
  • if you are anticipating the loss of a loved one or have recently lost a loved one, this support line can connect with you with resources to help you through your grief journey
  • line is monitored from 8am to 8pm daily, all calls received after hours will be returned on the next day in order they were left - * please note that this is not a COVID-19 information resource
  • see website for more information
Resources for Supporting Kids Barrie Transit
  • paid transit resumed Aug 2, 2020
  • regular buses run hourly Mon-Sat from approximately 5:30 am-12:30 am and Sun from approximately 9 am-11 pm
  • for routes see Schedules and Maps or call 705-726-4242
  • for people with functional mobility problems who are unable to access regular public transit call Specialized Transit 705-792-5033, press 1 for more information
  • For assistance with Food, including grocery or meal delivery, see Grocery and Food Delivery Options

Facebook Groups

  • Barrie Families Unite Facebook Group, started in March 14, 2020 - "A space created to facilitate HELP within our community. Posts of NEEDED help; due to self quarantines, school closures or other trickle down effects that have resulted from the current COVID-19 pandemic"
Service Details
Public Comments Reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 Pandemic: 
*City of Barrie COVID-19 Information and City of Barrie Cancellations and Updates  
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 
* Ontario Ministry of Health  
* Health Canada  
* Public Health Ontario Association 
Toll-Free Phone Numbers 
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520  
* Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397
Hours Hours vary
Areas Served Barrie ; Simcoe County
Eligibility Varies by website/service
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable
Contact Information
Office Phone Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520
Toll Free Phone Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 
Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397

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