COVID-19 - April 14 Update

My Councillor colleague and I wrote this month about the need improve how we support people experiencing homelessness. Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, General Manager of the City’s Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA), Mary-Anne Bédard and prominent medical and social service leaders provided an update on the existing and forthcoming actions taken to protect individuals experiencing homelessness from COVID-19.  This includes creating a coordinated group that involves all levels of government and public/private stakeholders. The City has relocated over 1,000 people to programs that provide a range of support to clients, including spaces in community centers, hotel rooms, and permanent housing and we are on track to relocate another 1000 into new spaces by April 30.

At the provincial level, the Ontario Government announced their decision to extend the Declaration of Emergency for a further 28 days. While this is a difficult decision, it is the right one to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keeps our healthcare system from being overburdened.

In order to protect our food supply, the Federal government announced $20 million for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to support critical food inspection that helps to ensure that Canadians will have continued access to safe, high-quality food to feed their families.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

#TakeOutDay
Tomorrow, and every Wednesday is #TakeOutDay. Please consider ordering in from one of your favourite local restaurants.

College Promenade Interactive Business Map
Want to know which businesses are operating during the pandemic and their hours of operation? Check out this helpful map.

Distantly.ca
Today, Mayor John Tory highlighted the launch of an online donation platform that allows community members to make direct donations to small businesses to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This platform allows customers to continue to support local main street businesses impacted by non-essential closures, such as coffee shops, restaurants and hair salons.

Local businesses can visit distantly.ca to set up their free account today or contact their local Business Improvement Association for assistance. Toronto residents who are able, can make a secure online donation to their favourite local business. These contributions will help to alleviate expenses, such as rent and payroll.

Itacate Tacoria
I want to give a special shout out and thank you to Itacate Tacoria at 998 St Clair Avenue West which generously provided meals at no cost to health care workers and those who have lost their employment due to COVID-19. Thank you for being good community partners.

Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood Support Network
Two amazing Dufferin Grove residents are working to support their community! For those on Rusholme, Havelock and Gladstone from Bloor to College or Sylvan, Lindsey, Dewson and Hepbourne from Dovercourt to Dufferin who are in need of support, they can contact Meagan at meganjeandavies@gmail.com (or anagretakraljevic@gmail.com for service in Portuguese).

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto provides update on COVID-19 supports for individuals experiencing homelessness
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration continues to lead the City’s three-tiered approach to protecting vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. The three tiers – prevention, mitigation and recovery – allow the City, community partners, and healthcare providers to respond to each stage of the pandemic.

Provincial

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario Legislature, the Ontario Government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal

Government of Canada provides $20 million to safeguard Canada's food supply by supporting critical food inspection services
The Government of Canada is providing $20 million to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to support critical food inspection that help to ensure that Canadians will have continued access to safe, high-quality food to feed their families.

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