COVID-19 - April 1 Update

The City of Toronto and the Provincial Government have provided further updates stressing the necessity of staying at home. Witnessing what is occurring in other cities across the world reinforces our need to follow physical distancing directions. This is a critical time.  In respecting directions from our Public Health officials we are all contributing to our efforts to bring this public health emergency to an end as soon as possible.

Across the world, the number of those infected has grown exponentially.  Here in Toronto, the number of cases have jumped 500% in the last two weeks. The City is taking all actions necessary to preserve life, protect our healthcare system and decrease the social and economic impacts COVID-19. Below, you can read about the additional measures the City is undertaking.

If you or someone you know requires assistance, especially those who are at higher risk, there are resources available to you, including those listed below.  As always, my office remains available to assist you.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Supporting Local Businesses
This morning, I hosted a call with Business Improvement Associations from across our Davenport community to discuss the challenges they are facing, their thoughts on government supports and what more the City can do to help them. Small businesses are essential to the vibrancy of our communities and are operated or employ countless people in our community. I want to thank all who took the time to join the call.  There were many great ideas which I will be bringing back to the City and advocating for with our provincial and federal counterparts. For any business people wishing to share their comments and ideas, the City has created this survey, where you can add your voice.

Sistering Supports Front Line Care Workers (Donate to Sistering)
I was pleased to see that Sistering has joined the cause to help create masks to donate to Michael Garron Hospital for their 1,000 masks a week challenge. Sistering is an important drop-in centre in our community that supports vulnerable women. Thank you for your efforts to support care workers.

Yard Waste Collection is Suspended
Our team has received a number of inquiries about yard waste collection. Seasonal yard waste collection is suspended. Residents are asked to store yard waste on their property until the service resumes. In addition, Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) are closed to the general public. For a complete list of affected City services, visit here.

211 Central
211 Central wants people in Toronto to know that help is available 24/7 for those who need it during the Covid-19 pandemic. Just call 211.

211 Central connects people living in the GTA to over 4,000 programs and social services such as financial help, employment services, mental health, home care, housing, shelters, food and childcare.  It offers a free, 24/7 confidential service in 150 languages, including online, text and chat services. 

Volunteer Toronto
Did you know that Volunteer Toronto is working to support non-profits and individuals looking to help their communities?

Non Profits - Start recruiting for free for urgent response efforts or remote support during #COVID19.

Volunteers - You play a crucial role in helping communities fill urgent needs. Join Toronto's COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team here: info.volunteertoronto.ca/covid19. Alerts with urgent community needs are sent to your inbox every 3-7 days.

Credit Canada
The Education Department of Credit Canada is providing FREE financial literacy webinars. This Thursday they will be hosting their TAKE ACTION webinar series.

Credit Canada has dedicated a web page that provides up to date information on how to deal with the financial stress COVID-19 has created for you and your family members. Please visit here for more info.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto taking unprecedented action to stop COVID-19, save lives, the healthcare system and the economy
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, under the strong advice of its Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is taking further action to aggressively halt the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto.

Provincial

Ontario Joins Forces with the Private Sector to Fight COVID-19
To stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe, the Ontario government is launching a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. This new Fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak
People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers.

Federal

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Further information was shared on the 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks. This wage subsidy aims to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Launch on April 6
Today, the Government of Canada announced that Canadians will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as of April 6th at Canada.ca/coronavirus

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