COVID-19 - March 23 Update

I know this has been a challenging time for all of us and the Covid-19 public health situation is evolving each day. Your City, provincial and federal governments are making decisions daily. 

Significantly, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Mayor John Tory declared a State of Emergency across the City to enhance the City's ability to protect residents.  This is a major step that I fully support as it will provide the City with additional ability to more effectively manage the Covid-19 emergency.  This was not a decision taken lightly but it is very much required and while it can certainly raise concerns it is really about ensuring that we are able to do all that is needed to meet this challenge. 

Please remember that our office is always available to help with any questions or concerns. We can be reached by email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or my phone at (416) 392-7012.

Resources for Individuals and Businesses

List of Government Supports for Individuals and Businesses We will be regularly updating this link to ensure you are made aware of every support available.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Mayor Tory declares a State of Emergency in the city of Toronto
Mayor John Tory declared a State of Emergency in the city of Toronto after receiving advice this morning from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the Office of Emergency Management.

City of Toronto to open child care for essential and critical service workers
The City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open licensed child care centres specifically to provide care for children of essential and critical service workers.

Toronto Public Health has received notification of Toronto's first death related to COVID-19
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has been notified of a death related to COVID-19. The individual, a man in his 70s, travelled to the United Kingdom.

City of Toronto urges residents returning from March Break travel to self-isolate for 14 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19
For those returning from abroad following March break, self-isolation is critical to helping mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19. Anyone who has returned to Canada, including from the United States, is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Provincial

Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19
To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis
The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports
With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has now launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool

Closure of Drive Test Centres In Response to COVID-19
Based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all full-time DriveTest Centres and part-time Travel Point locations will be closed.

Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19
The Ontario Government is launching Ontario Together, a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

Ontario Expands Coverage for Care
To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.

Federal

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.

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