COVID-19 - April 21 Update

The Federal Government has announced that they are committing $350 million to support community services across the country. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency, our local non-profit community organizations have played even a more critical role in serving some of the most vulnerable in our communities. This funding will help to make sure that rapid relief reaches those that need it the most.

COVID-19 is not impacting everyone in the same way. Sadly, we see the alarming impact it is having on seniors, especially those in long-term care facilities and other vulnerable people including those experiencing homelessness. Today, the City and the provincial government have received 3 million surgical masks, the City, therefore, adding approximately 127 days of stock for dedicated shelter and long-term care staff.

The Ontario Government has also committed $11 million to help seniors and persons with disabilities with the delivery of essentials. This is being implemented with support from the Ontario Community Supports Association. This important support will help seniors by allowing them not to leave their homes for essential supplies. This week the province will also begin to deliver the first of the Guaranteed Annual Income System payments which have been doubled for up to 6 months, providing an additional $75 million to 194,000 vulnerable seniors who may need more help to cover essential expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Dufferin Grove Supports Sistering
A huge thank you to the Dufferin Grove community for stepping up for Sistering. This past week alone, the community donated:

  • Nearly 50 Tim Horton gift cards
  • Multiple grocery gift cards
  • 20 pairs of underwear
  • 100 pairs of rubber gloves
  • Over 100 masks

Child Care Centres for Essential Workers – Update
The #CityofTO is the first in Ontario to open 6 child care centres for essential workers. New centres are located in City-run licensed child care facilities using City workers. So far, more than 230 children have received care. Learn more or apply.

The Stop Community Food Centre (Donate)
The Stop Community Food Centre is on a roll, meeting the large increase in demand for their services. On April 9 alone, they served 400 meals, double their regular number. The food they prepare is healthy and nutritious and it is delivered to those most in need. Please consider supporting them.

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
DPNCHC continues to provide settlement and crisis intervention telephone outreach to community members and telephone information on how to access financial support, community services and support on weekdays from 9-5 p.m.

Please contact any of the staff members below for assistance:

  • Erika Garcia, Settlement Worker 416 656-8025 EXT 238
  • Leon Liberman, Family Settlement Worker 416 656-8025 EXT 223 (M, W, Thurs)
  • Ingrid Moreno, Crisis Intervention Worker 416 656-8025 EXT 401
  • Jedid-Jah Blom, RD, MSc, Community Dietitian, 416 658 6812 EXT 243

Services are offered in various languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto receives shipment of three million surgical masks primarily for long-term care homes and shelters
The City of Toronto is committed to ensuring our frontline staff, including emergency responders, those working with individuals experiencing homelessness, and staff in long-term care homes, have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to stay safe and protect their health and the health of the community.

TTC and Toronto Paramedics partner to repurpose decommissioned buses for emergency transport
The City of Toronto is supporting the evolving medical needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, the TTC and Paramedic Services have repurposed five decommissioned TTC buses to safely transport both ambulatory and stretcher-bound patients, including those on ventilators.

City of Toronto to virtually commemorate second anniversary of the Yonge Street Tragedy
The City of Toronto will virtually commemorate the second anniversary of the Yonge Street Tragedy that happened on April 23, 2018. This year’s commemoration will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety.

City of Toronto encourages residents to keep staying home and practising physical distancing
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 345 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 32 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 468. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 10,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Provincial

Ontario Providing Additional Relief to the Province's Most Vulnerable
The Ontario government is delivering much-needed support to Ontario's most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19. The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need and doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments.

Federal

Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers
To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This important economic measure provides a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks, preventing further job losses and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Prime Minister announces further support to help Canadians in need
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need.

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