COVID-19 - March 24 Update

Today the province introduced further restrictions on non-essential businesses and their need to close for 14 days. 

I joined with Mayor John Tory in announcing that Toronto Community Housing is introducing measures to assist tenants through this difficult time and we encouraged other landlords, private and non-profit, to do the same. The City has opened nine new facilities to assist those facing homelessness and we started a new Rapid Housing Access Initiative to place people in housing more quickly.

We were all reminded once again of the importance of physical distancing. Although challenging, this along with limiting public outings is essential to our efforts to end this public health situation. So, please practice physical distancing.

As always, my office is here to support you with any questions you have.

Local Updates

Converge Against Corona!
Convergence Theatre has launched there Converge Against Corona! two-part series to support artists by connecting them with art lovers. Part one – the Covid Confessions is launching this weekend. Donations are needed to ensure that all the artists can receive funding.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto taking action to help vulnerable tenants who need it most
After consulting with Mayor Tory and City staff, who approved both the form of the help and the financial implications for Toronto Community Housing, TCHC confirmed today that it will be flexible and work with market rent and rent-geared-to-income (RGI) tenants whose employment income has been impacted by COVID-19.

City of Toronto taking action to protect individuals experiencing homelessness from COVID-19
Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) is working with community partners to further strengthen this city-wide response and assure vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness that their health and safety is a priority.

Province

Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms During COVID-19
To support Ontarians through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Government of Ontario is providing immediate electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use (TOU) rates.

Ontario Implements Enhanced Measures to Protect the Safety of Residents in Long-Term Care Homes
Ontario is taking further steps to ensure that health sector workers, including those that work in the long-term care sector, are available, where and when they are needed.

List of Essential Workplaces
Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)

Federal

Parks Canada calls on visitors to stay home and implements additional measures, suspending visitor vehicle access to Parks Canada places across the country until further notice
To reduce the number of visitors at Parks Canada places and to minimize risks to visitors and employees, Parks Canada is building on actions taken last week and is now temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation area.

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