COVID-19: Resources for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community

As we continue to grapple with COVID-19 and learn to live with the virus, the safety and well-being of the Foundation community remain our primary concern. We will continue to update this page to reflect changes to our programming brought on by this pandemic and the influence of any restrictions in the interest of public health. 


In the face of uncertainty, the Foundation continues to deliver on its mission empowering scholars to have meaningful impact in the world and encourages Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence – values at the heart of the Foundation’s work that are greatly needed in a historical moment such as this. 


Changes to programming 

The format of forthcoming events will be adapted in accordance with national and local restrictions. Some small, local in-person gatherings may take place, if conditions allow. Otherwise, the Foundation will continue to engage its community primarily through digital events. 


The Foundation’s videoconferencing platform is available to members of the community for informal gatherings, whether they be networking events, workshops, or roundtable discussions, to facilitate discussions on interdisciplinary issues relating to the unique challenges COVID-19 presents. 


For further information, please contact 



Resources for you 

Mental Health 


We understand that the nature of this situation can be a source of stress and anxiety and encourage you to take advantage of the mental health services available to all active Scholars through the Foundation’s Policy on Mental Health. Importantly, telephone-counselling services are available 24/7 and free of charge and can be reached via Shepell Care Access Centre toll free at 1.844.880.9142 in Canada and the United States and 1.905.886.3605 from other countries, or online via   



Public Health Information 


The Government of Canada provides comprehensive information updates on the pandemic, and has announced measures, including financial support, to assist Canadians during these challenging times. Visit for more information. If you intend to travel as part of your research, we strongly encourage you to follow local, regional, and national guidelines and follow restrictions. 


COVID-19 Impact Committee 

Leadership is critical in a time of crisis, even more so in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as it touches so many aspects of our lives in profound ways. By creating our COVID-19 Impact Committee, the Foundation is elevating the voices of the experts in its community within the national discourse. Our committee is composed of active and alumni community members who are among Canada’s leading thinkers in various sectors and disciplines, including bioethics, public and global health, Canadian and international law, human rights, Indigenous welfare, the arts as well as migration studies.