COVID-19 - April 3 Update

The Ontario Government released extensive COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths across the province.

Ontario is estimated to have between 3 to 15 thousand deaths over the course of this virus. While these numbers obviously distressing, they will very much be impacted by how effective we are at following public health directive including physical distancing and remaining at home. The actions that we have already taken, has substantially decreased the number of potential cases and deaths. We need to adhere to public health directives as it is a matter of life and death for many people.

Even though the days are getting warmer and brighter, we must remain at home and practice physical distancing and well as follow other public health directives. The decisions we all make will influence the severity of COVID-19 in Toronto, the length of isolation and of our City’s recovery. Enforcement will be increasing but we should all do what we are directed to do because it is our responsibility to each other.

Due to the public health emergency the City of Toronto is experiencing a financial pressure estimated at $65 million a week. Work is underway, led by the Mayor's Economic Support and Recovery Task Force, to begin the recovery efforts after the City emerges from the emergency situation. The City is continuing to evaluate its workforce requirements and service levels. Many staff who are not in essential or critical roles are being redeployed to other areas to help the City continue to deliver essential, critical, and priority services during this time.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Supports for Small and Medium Enterprises
The Toronto Region Board of Trade and the City of Toronto have partnered to launch a one-stop service to help you access government & private sector aid. The site even includes a live-chat function to help direct you as needed. Click Here.

BIA Innovation Fund
The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 5 of the BIA Innovation Fund. The BIA Innovation Fund provides grants to BIAs to test innovative and creative solutions to local challenges. Successful projects will be profiled as case studies and shared through our BIA network. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000. Funding is limited. Learn more and apply.

Deadline: Thursday, May 14th, 2020, 4:30 p.m

MusicTogether
In an effort to provide a cash injection to Ontario musicians impacted by the effects of COVID-19, members of the Canadian music community with support from the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries have come together to create an emergency relief fund totalling $300,000. Launching today, MusicTogether.ca will facilitate live concert streams by at least 300 Ontario-based artists, each of whom will receive a one-time performance fee of $1,000. 

Yard Waste Collection Temporarily Resuming
The City of Toronto is resuming yard waste collection for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17. Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. To ensure health and safety, residents should only use yard waste bags, not open-top containers.

#TheStopNeighbourhoodRally (Donate)
The Stop Community Food Centre is meeting increasing demand for emergency food services with takeaway meals and food banks. The need has never been greater, please consider donating. The Stop is also collecting unused personal care products. To arrange a pick-up, please email thestopneighbourhoodrally@yahoo.com.

Prospect Cemetery Gate Closure
The Mount Pleasant Cemetery operators have informed us that they have made the difficult decision to close the gates of Prospect Cemetery to the public. Prospect Cemetery has experienced increased public use since the COVID-19 crisis began and physical distancing was introduced. They have made every effort to inform the public who use their cemeteries as a place for passive recreational purposes that we all bear an obligation to adhere to the safe physical distancing directives when walking through the cemeteries. Unfortunately, not everyone is exercising those important cautions. This was a difficult decision for the operator, knowing that this impacts many of the rights holders who still visit our cemeteries frequently to grieve and tend to their loved one’s graves, as well as those thoughtful citizens who are diligent about their physical distancing practices.

Learn more about Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Service protocols during COVID-19.

2020 Community Environment Days Cancelled
Toronto’s Community Environment Day events for the month of May and June have been cancelled amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is being made based on the announcement from Mayor Tory, with the advice from the Chief Medical Officer, to cancel all major events until at least June 30th. Scheduled events after June 30th will be assessed at a later date.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto addressing financial impacts of COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exert major stresses globally, the City of Toronto has been assessing, evaluating and monitoring the financial impacts to Toronto.

Fine for failing to keep your distance in parks set at $1,000
Today, Mayor John Tory announced the fine for people failing to keep at least two metres of distance from others in City of Toronto parks and public spaces has been set at $1,000.

City of Toronto to resume yard waste pickup for two weeks to accommodate resident needs
The City of Toronto is resuming yard waste collection for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17.

Provincial

Ontario Provides Full Transparency by Releasing COVID-19 Modelling
Today, the Ontario government released extensive COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths.

Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. List of essential services.

Ontario Increasing Public Health Units' Capacity to Stop COVID-19
To support public health units' extensive efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Ontario is taking further action to redirect existing resources to focus squarely on the fight against this new virus while allowing for public health units to considerably increase their capacity.

Ontario Protecting Seniors in Retirement Homes During COVID-19 Outbreak
A temporary order has been made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that will help retirement homes address emergency staffing needs as they respond to COVID-19.

Federal

Food Banks Canada applauds the federal government's significant investment in food banks to deal with COVID-19 crisis
Today's announcement from the federal government is welcomed with a sigh of relief from Food Banks Canada and the over 3,000 food banks and community agencies that come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours.  The $100 million investment, with $50 million going to Food Banks Canada, will help improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the short term.

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