COVID-19 - March 20 Update

Today, there were a number of further announcements made by the City, Province and Federal governments to assist all of us to meet the challenges of this ongoing public health emergency. In order to support City residents, the Mayor announced a 60-day grace period for property taxes and utility bills. In addition, the City outlined the work it is undertaking with community and social service agencies to support people in communities across the City.

I want to take this opportunity to state my appreciation to all those people who continue to work diligently every day to support and help us.  From medical professionals, to TTC operators, to City crews and grocers, they are all doing their part to assist us and we deeply appreciate their efforts.

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Recent Announcements

  1. Municipal - Toronto announces 60-day grace period for property tax, utility bills due to coronavirus outbreak
  2. Municipal - City of Toronto working with community and social services to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Municipal - Toronto Public Health actively investigating new COVID-19 cases and working with relevant City divisions
  4. Provincial - Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home
  5. Federal - Government of Canada Announces Additional Measures to Support Continued Lending to Canadian Consumers and Businesses
  6. Federal - Canada’s humanitarian assistance to help developing countries prepare and respond to COVID-19
  7. Federal - U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes

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Recent Announcements

Municipal

Toronto announces 60-day grace period for property tax, utility bills due to coronavirus outbreak
Relevant Article
“In a continued efforts to help Torontonians through the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor John Tory is implementing a grace period for several city utilities.

A 60-day grace period is in effect for City of Toronto property tax, water and solid waste utility bill payments for all residents and businesses, for bills dated as of March 16.”


City of Toronto working with community and social services to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic
Full Release
This afternoon, Mayor John Tory and City of Toronto officials announced actions the municipal government is taking to help essential service workers with child care options; vulnerable residents such as seniors; people affected by untreated trauma, mental health and addictions; people in need of housing supports and emergency food access; and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Toronto Public Health actively investigating new COVID-19 cases and working with relevant City divisions
Full Release
Toronto Public Health is actively investigating a number of individuals newly infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, including a resident in a City of Toronto long-term care home, a Toronto paramedic and an individual experiencing homelessness.

Provincial

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home
Full Release
Today, Premier Doug Ford joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education to launch the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

 

Federal

Government of Canada Announces Additional Measures to Support Continued Lending to Canadian Consumers and Businesses
Full Release
Today, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced amendments to mortgage insurance eligibility criteria, set out in regulations made under the National Housing Act and Protection of Residential Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Act. These changes will help provide stable funding and liquidity to financial institutions and mortgage lenders and support continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers.


Canada’s humanitarian assistance to help developing countries prepare and respond to COVID-19
Full Release
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $50 million in funding to help vulnerable countries prepare for and respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As part of this, Canada will immediately provide $8 million of this funding to experienced humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes
Full Release
The U.S.-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $2.4 billion dollars in daily trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others. This collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.

 

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