With Canadians taking precautions over the coronavirus, chances are you’ll be staying home for the foreseeable future. If you’re looking for a few ideas to keep yourself entertained and in the know, we’re here to help. Be sure to check out our list of free resources and activities you can take advantage of right now from the comfort of your own home!
For those looking to keep up with the news, CBC News is trying to make itself more accessible to Canadians. CBC News Network is now available to all subscribers of Bell TV, Shaw, Cogeco and Eastlink, Rogers andTELUS Optik TV.
Keep up with current events with CTV's 24-hour news channels. You can now get free preview of both CTV News Channel and CP24 through participating TV service providers through April 17.
As of March 16, National Post has dropped its paywall on all stories related to the COVID-19 outbreak, meaning you can now read these articles for free on all Postmedia websites across the country until further notice.
If you're quarantined indoors and you're looking for something to do, why not learn another language. Rosetta Stone is offering three months free if you're a student. There are over 20 languages available with this offer, including French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and more. This offer is available for a limited time and Rosetta Stone is accessible in browsers or the Rosetta Stone app (Android, iOS).
Keep your kids engaged and constantly learning with help from Sesame Street eBooks. Free books are available online for a limited time only. Apple and Google Play Books are readable on a computer, Android, iOS and compatible e-readers. No promo code is required.
Many of the gyms across the country, including GoodLife Fitness have shut their doors at this time. If you're a GoodLife member affected by the closures, you can still try to keep fit in the comfort of your own home, as the company is offering members complimentary access to over 100 LesMills On Demand workouts.
To claim this freebie, members will need to log onto their account on the GoodLife website -- if you haven't already registered for an account you can register for one using your email address or member barcode/keytag number and create a new password.
You may not be able to attend fitness classes for the time being, but Fit Factory Fitness is helping keep your body strong with free 30-minute workouts on Instagram Live.
These workouts are open to anyone with access to Instagram. You can also follow Fit Factory account in order to learn the times that they'll be streaming their workouts.
For a limited time, you can download and use Down Dog's apps for Yoga, HIIT, Barre, and more for free!
This offer is valid through April 1, however students and teachers can enjoy free access through July 1st when signing up using a school email.
Concert halls are one of the things closed throughout many parts of the world right now, but our friends down south at the Seattle Symphony are still helping bring the comfort of music to anyone who needs it with broadcasts of past shows and livestreams of new shows.
Enjoy the opera from the comfort of your own home, because The Metropolitan Opera is offering a series of free nightly streams. You can watch the stream online through the Met Opera's website, or access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
You can take a trip around the world while staying in the comfort of your own home, because Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2,500 museums around the world to offer free virtual tours from museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The British Museum in London, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Free until April 2, you can download the following games for FREE: World War Z (regularly $34.99); Figment (regularly $19.99); and, Tormentor x Punisher (regularly $7.99). You'll need an Epic Games account to claim these games via the Epic Games Launcher on Windows. These freebies are available until April 2 at 11:00 AM only, so be sure to claim them before it's too late!
No, you aren't misreading things -- There is a game titled Goat of Duty, and it's available for free on Steam through March 31.
All you need to do is log into your Steam account and add it to your library before the deadline. This game also has 4 online modes and you can compete against up to 10 players, which is great for anyone looking to socialize in some form while in social isolation.
If your child is out of school right now, you can keep their brain active with help from Scholastic Learn at Home, which is offering free online lessons for kids every day through April 1.
If you're looking for something other than the news to watch on television, you may be happy to hear that Rogers is offering their TV and Ignite customers free access to popular channels including Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, FX, National Geographic, and more between March 16 and April 30. You won't be required to do anything to take advantage of this, as customers should automatically start seeing these channels from March 16.
Thousands of hours of WWE videos are available to stream for free -- a free WWE Network account is needed, but a cable subscription and credit card are not required for registration. You can stream some of WWE's biggest event including Wrestlemania, the Royal Rumble, Summerslam and Survivor Series.
The current NBA season may be on hiatus, but you can relive old games with help from NBA League Pass. Now through April 22, you can stream every 2018-2020 game for free, including last year's historic championship run from the Toronto Raptors!
Our beloved game might be on hold but that doesn't mean that you can't catch up on the league's best players. NHL Live is a streaming service from Rogers that provides on-demand access to live and archived NHL games -- the service is regularly $29.99 per month, but Rogers will be making the service free for Canadians while the NHL is on hiatus. Check out Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews and some of the game's greats.