COVID-19 - April 6 Update

Food security is a challenge for many in our City and the current situation has made this even more difficult. To help people with this challenge, the City of Toronto has partnered with United Way, the 211 community support network and other service agencies to support those in need. This includes issues such as food delivery for seniors, access to food banks, food for kids, supports for Indigenous communities, equipping community food programs and connecting resources to those in need.

The Government of Ontario has announced direct support for parents while schools and child care centres remain closed. The Support for Families initiative offers a one-time payment of $200 per child 0 to 12 years of age, and $250 for those 0 to 21 years of age with special needs.

Today is also the day that the Federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit launched, providing eligible Canadians with meaningful financial support to replace their income lost due to COVID-19.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

We need to stay home – but what if you don’t have one?
I wrote this article with my Council colleague about how we should be responding to protect the most vulnerable, the lessons we have learned from this pandemic and how we need to take a new approach to homelessness post-pandemic.

Flatten the Curve Survey
Toronto Public Health wants to learn how COVID-19 is moving through the community, to provide an indication of how well public health measures are working and help determine next steps. Residents who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms can help Toronto Public Health understand where Toronto is on the 'curve' of the epidemic by completing the survey at toronto.ca/flattenthecurve.

University Health Network Hotline (1-855-581-9580)
University Health Network’s OpenLab is helping vulnerable seniors—the group most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic—by mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and other household essentials. The service gives priority to seniors living in low-income housing. The toll-free Hotline is available in 180 languages and operates between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (1-855-449-9949 OR counselling@iamentalhealth.ca)
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health’s support line is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of mental health counsellors who provide individualized supportive counselling, system navigation, and customized information and education to caregivers, individuals living with chronic mental illness, and our community as a whole. Whether someone is dealing with increased stress and anxiety due to the pandemic, or experiencing challenges related to a mental health issue, they are here to help!

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto working with community and corporate partners to implement emergency food access for vulnerable residents
The City of Toronto is working closely with community and corporate partners to ensure that the food needs of vulnerable Torontonians are being met during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Toronto urges residents to adapt faith-based holiday observances during COVID-19 pandemic
Today, Mayor John Tory, based on the professional advice of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, urged residents to continue staying at home and keeping their distance from others during the upcoming holidays.

City of Toronto enforcement officers see encouraging behaviour, some problem areas persist
The City of Toronto continues to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) enforcement officers and police have been at City parks across Toronto this weekend to educate the public and enforce physical distancing and park amenity closures. The enforcement blitz is targeting busy parks, particularly the top 10 problem areas observed by City staff and reported to 311.

City of Toronto enforcement blitz ramps up across Toronto
The City of Toronto continues to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. As of today, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been mobilized for 25 days, working with Toronto Public Health, City divisions, and emergency responders to slow the spread of the virus and keep our community safe and healthy.

Provincial

Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID-19
The Ontario Government is offering direct financial support to parents while Ontario schools and child care centres remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new Support for Families initiative offers a one-time payment of $200 per child 0 to 12 years of age, and $250 for those 0 to 21 years of age with special needs.

Ontario Takes Additional Measures to Protect First Responders During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The provincial government has made an emergency order that will allow police, firefighters and paramedics to obtain COVID-19 positive status information about individuals with whom they are coming into contact.

Ontario Protecting Vulnerable Ontarians During COVID-19 Outbreak
As part of the Government of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the province is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence.

Ontario Takes Steps to Keep Food on the Table during COVID-19
In order to ensure grocery store shelves remain full and families have access to necessities during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Ontario is launching a new web portal, connecting workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector. This new online tool will make it easier to match people to essential jobs and training resources throughout the provincial food supply chain.

Federal

New Horizons for Seniors Program projects can now be used for COVID-19 support
The Minister for Seniors has announced flexibility for organizations under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to use funding previously received through the community-based stream to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.

Updated - CBSA is helping Canadians get home
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is prepared to help Canadians who have been outside of Canada for an extended period and are heeding the advice of the Government of Canada to return home.

Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Today, the Government of Canada announced that Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) at Canada.ca/coronavirus.

Canadians looking to get more information about the CERB or, who are unable to apply online, can call the toll-free telephone line at 1-833-966-2099.

Canada announces support to those experiencing homelessness and women fleeing gender-based violence during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
The health and safety of all Canadians is the top priority for the Government of Canada, especially the uniquely vulnerable. That is why the Government is making investments in those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic—those experiencing homelessness and women fleeing gender-based violence.

The Government of Canada is reconfirming its immediate investment of $207.5 million to support these organizations to meet the real and increasing needs they are facing.

Government of Canada partners with Amazon to help get personal protective equipment to front‑line healthcare workers
The Government of Canada is working closely with businesses and manufacturers nationwide to provide healthcare workers with the equipment they need to protect themselves and care for Canadians across the country.

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