Commercial infant formula is the only recommended alternative to breastmilk. Do not make your own baby formula at home as this is unregulated and not an appropriate substitute for breastmilk. Homemade baby formulas or watered down commercial formula can be unsafe. They do not offer the right amount of vitamins, minerals and energy that babies need and they could be a food safety risk.
Making your own baby formula may appeal to you during COVID-19, but please continue to purchase safe and nutritionally complete commercial infant formula and prepare it based on manufacturers direction. All commercial formula sold in Canada are safe and have the essential nutrients your infant needs. Canadian legislation ensures all commercial formulas sold in Canada undergo a full safety and nutritional quality assessment. These companies must also submit scientific evidence that their products support healthy growth in infants and do not pose harmful risks.
Please be respectful of the needs of other families and households. Infant Formula an essential grocery item for many, by practicing normal grocery buying habits we can ensure that everyone gets the supplies they need.
Infant formula is a product in high need at many food banks. If you have ‘extra’ unopened diapers or infant formula consider donating during this time of COVID-19. Please check expiry dates. Some individuals are not able to buy or store extra. Cash donations are always welcome and are the most effective way to donate food banks.
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
Home isn’t always a safe place and isolation during COVID-19 may make some situations worse. Plan for your safety if you are dealing with family violence. If you are in immediate danger call 911. Violence is never okay.
TEXT CRISIS NUMBER: 226-974-0755 - Women's Centre Grey Bruce is now offering their 24/7 crisis line service through text. A staff member will be there on the other end to chat anytime, whenever you're ready.
A comprehensive Guide to Safety Planning (PDF format) in domestic violence situations can be downloaded from Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth.
On site Safety Planning 24/7 for victims and survivors of domestic abuse: Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey (Kincardine), The Women’s Centre (Grey & Bruce) (Owen Sound) and Kaebashiwin Place of Rest (Saugeen First Nation).
Telephone Safety Planning is available 24/7 by contacting Violence Against Women Crisis Lines:
- Women’s House: 1 800 265-3026
- Women’s Centre: 1 800 265-3722
- Victim Services 1-866-376-9852
Shelters for Women and Children:
The Men’s Program:
Due to COVID-19 groups are not running. During normal operation, The Men’s Program offers a variety of programming including:
Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for men
Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for women
My Dad’s Group (a positive parenting program for men)
My Mom’s Group (a positive parenting program for women)
The Male Survivor Program (one to one counselling for men who experienced sexual violence as children or adolescents)
Male Survivors in Ontario have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services at 1-866-887-0015 from the Government of Ontario
Victim Support Line
To talk with an information and referral counsellor, call the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888
Also visit, Program and Services for Victims of Crime