COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

It is important that you continue to monitor information about COVID-19 as a citizen and as a health professional.

You are urged to regularly (at least daily) visit the webpages below so that you can review timely and critical updates:



  • MSOT is pleased the provincial government is publicly and financially recognizing the risks and challenges of being on the front lines of health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, however we have concerns with how the new Risk Recognition Program may exclude Occupational Therapists on the front line.

    We have written a letter to send to government officials outlining our concerns and asking that all Occupational Therapists on the frontline be included and recognized for the increased risks we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    View a copy of the letter here: Risk Recognition Program Letter. 
    To see if you qualify for the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program, go to: 


  • MSOT has heard your concerns regarding acquiring appropriate PPE to ensure safety and protection of yourselves and the public, in compliance with public health directives.  (Please read to the bottom for urgent information).  We have reached out to Shared Health, as well as to a number of vendors in Winnipeg in attempt to gain clarity and support you in your search for PPE, and finally received the following reply today:

    “These are unprecedented times, and the Manitoba government is working to ensure the safety of all Manitobans. Across Manitoba, health authorities have undertaken actions to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread, including implementing strict infection and control precautions, enhanced cleaning protocols and daily screening of staff before shift. In collaboration with infection prevention and control experts and public health experts, Shared Health has established provincial guidelines based on the best available evidence for the use of PPE in various health care settings, available at Shared Health and the health authorities continue to monitor and ensure that standards of care are being upheld and appropriate PPE is available to staff to best serve health care clients. We are unable to inform you of specific quantities of various PPE as quantities on hand change daily based on use.

    The Manitoba government acknowledges both the public and private sector occupational therapists who are doing essential work to ensure Manitobans are able to safely return to or stay in their homes. I appreciate you raising the concern regarding access to PPE equipment as they do their work.”

    The Government of Canada has a resource of approved surgical/procedural masks online –  – you can type in the manufactures name under “filter items”, and this will verify if a device (mask or shield) are an authorized medical device by the Government of Canada.  I’m not sure how the Government determines what masks are certified or authorized, but that information may be somewhere on the website.

    MSOT currently does not have the capacity to bulk purchase PPE, however we have reached out to some vendors in the Winnipeg area and currently (writing on June 9), the following vendors have stated that they have surgical/procedural masks in stock. 

    Diamond Athletics – they have received Level 3 surgical masks, and are holding a case of 10 for Occupational Therapists (one box of 50 per therapist at this time).  The cost is $25.95 – 15% (professional discount) for a box of 50.  Please let Heidi Garcia – know by Thursday, June 11 at 9am if interested.  He is only will to hold them on behalf of MSOT until the end of the week… and Ben was able to source these for a cost less that non-medical masks he currently has in stock.

    IMS (Innovative Medical Supplies) – Level 1 surgical masks, packs of 10 (~$1.80/mask) – they have lots in stock.

    We have not reached all vendors, and some were not able to confirm the masks they carry were procedural/surgical.  If you know of others and are willing to share with the group please forward on that information so we can all support each other.

    Please keep in touch. Stay well,
    Heidi, on behalf of the MSOT Board of Directors



Visit the COTM website for updates

MSOT Monday Meet-Ups: 

Upcoming meet-up:

Monday, June 22, 2020 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

View past meeting presentations. Click on the topic below:

April 6, 2020 —    Essential Services
April 14, 2020 —  Telepractice
April 20, 2020 —  Coping with Grief, Anxiety and Re-deployment
April 27, 2020 —  Coping, Positive Growth & Success Amidst COVID-19
May 11, 2020  —  Building Resiliency & Managing Uncertainty as OTs and
Tolerance For Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
May 25, 2020 —   Advocacy For Occupational Therapists/Therapy

June 8, 2020 — Advocacy – A Continued Discussion (coming soon)



COVID-19 Caregiving:

The Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba (LTCAM) is requesting help to tackle social isolation among seniors through donations of devices such as IPads, or Tablets – anything that can be used to connect with family and friends through real-time video chats.
Drop off locations for devices or cash donations are in Winnipeg (Riverwood Square -1778 Pembina Hwy) and Brandon (Hillcrest Place). E-transfer donations will also be accepted. 
Contact for more information. Let us know if you make a donation, as MSOT will donate $5.00 for every device donated & match cash donations, up to $100.00!
Caregiving with Confidence:
Resources Available During Social Distancing for Older Adults


Health System Volunteer Support for COVID-19

As the health care system in Manitoba is preparing for further activity related to COVID-19 screening, there is a need to increase the health system’s volunteer pool to support these efforts. As a result, existing volunteers from various organizations in the community would provide significant support.

Please view the following Shared Health and Manitoba Health communications:

COVID-19-Letter_Request for Volunteers from Other Agencies

COVID-19_Volunteer Request_WRHA