One thing that stays consistent about Canadians is that they want to help each other out. That's still true even with the coronavirus in Canada. Groups have sprung up on Facebook to spread a message of "caremongering."
The first of these groups was created for Toronto by Mita Hans, a social services worker.
The organization's page describes it as "A group for sharing and organizing community resources in response to COVID-19."
Members of Caremongering-TO can post questions, requests, information, and even offer up supplies. Posters can also utilize intersection hashtags such as #BloorLandsdowne to indicate locations for supplies or shops that are open.
"Scaremongering is a big problem," Valentina Harper, one of the group's other organizers told BBC News. "We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other.
"It's spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time - now more than ever."
While the Toronto group has grown to over 10,000 members, other caremongering groups for cities have popped up including Guelph, Hamilton, Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver.
The newly created word began trending on Twitter. It has drawn praise from people who commended the groups for providing help and reassurance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Well done, Canadians! Thank you for spreading the kindness during #COVID19. We look forward to more ‘caremongering’… https://t.co/bDsr8E7AFi— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) 1584451540.0
Canada is so Canada sometimes that you have to add a little caremongering. 🇨🇦 #coronavirus #caremongering https://t.co/T6tEk7phkp— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸) 1584408172.0
#Caremongering / kerˌməNGɡ(ə)riNG/ Noun: a movement rapidly spreading across Canada to spread kindness and help… https://t.co/mm2Ci24bdY— Future of Good (@Future of Good) 1584451625.0
We can learn from our Canadian neighbors by starting the #caremongering trend in the US and across the globe! https://t.co/5orLlJdrZR— Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed (@Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed) 1584468951.0
It's always cool when @BBCNews runs a story about their #Canadian cousins across the Atlantic. 😊 Particularly this… https://t.co/nxJjx9OA25— Terence C. Gannon (@Terence C. Gannon) 1584468665.0
Wow, I found a way to help 😲 Canadians invented "#caremongering" on Facebook where millennials help elderly & immu… https://t.co/H7XGSdaSGA— Talesh Seeparsan (@Talesh Seeparsan) 1584466434.0
May we all be wise and kind enough to participate in #caremongering during this difficult time. https://t.co/xq29EXl5EU— Rachel Rudwall (@Rachel Rudwall) 1584465111.0
The word "caremongering" did not exist on the morning of Friday 13 March. Yet just three days later what started as… https://t.co/mRmFY8Es75— ruthko🦂🌈 (@ruthko🦂🌈) 1584409147.0
Necessary in these difficult times. Proud of my compatriots. Things aren’t under control, but we’ll get through thi… https://t.co/J4JktsMd9M— Shiva (@Shiva) 1584462276.0
One of the reasons I love #Canadians. I have seen a huge outpouring of concern and care from my friends and peers t… https://t.co/42Tgm2ssTs— Derek Kwan (@Derek Kwan) 1584461881.0
If there is a silver lining in all of this, it will be that the kindness and compassion of Canadians will shine thr… https://t.co/zaIGJgxdIl— CB (@CB) 1584459311.0
At home, at the @UN, and around the world, let's replace scaremongering with #caremongering 🇨🇦. #TogetherAtHome https://t.co/ynV0vjbkF6— Canada Mission UN (@Canada Mission UN) 1584451554.0
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, wrote "Well done, Canadians! Thank you for spreading the kindness during #COVID19. We look forward to more ‘caremongering’ stories. #coronavirus"
"Canada is so Canada sometimes that you have to add a little caremongering. Flag of Canada #coronavirus #caremongering," read a tweet from the Canadian Forces in the United States.
Caremongering. Only available in Canada, you say? BBC News reports a new trend (and word) started by “Kind Canadia… https://t.co/ugez2ELdBy— Carrie Gallant (@Carrie Gallant) 1584471427.0
Among the posts in the caremongering groups are offers of homemade food delivery, requests for feel-good videos and content, and information about contacting specific agencies such as Service Canada about EI.
A number of different resources, including a guide on mental health during the outbreak from Ottawa Public Health, have also been made available to help Canadians.