COVID-19 - March 25 Update

Today there were a number of important announcements from all levels of government as we work to meet the challenge of the Covid-19 public health emergency.

The Federal government announced a benefit payment of $2,000 a month for four months for workers who lose their incomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Province released its COVID-19 Action Plan which includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and makes $10 billion available to support people and businesses through tax and other deferrals and to improve their cash flow as well as protect jobs and assist people with household budgets.

The Mayor and Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that City-owned playgrounds and park amenities are closed effective immediately. This was a difficult decision but one that is essential to protect residents of the City. Tomorrow, signs will be put up in Toronto’s park amenities to advise of closures, including playgrounds. Parks green spaces will remain accessible, but all amenities within City parks will be closed.

Local Updates

Toronto Police Parking Enforcement
Yesterday, I contacted appropriate City officials after a local restaurant owner (Sugo) reported to me that his van had been towed while he was loading food to be donated to people in need in our community. As a result, today Toronto Police have announced they will be relaxing their towing rules and allowing for increased discretion from their staff. You can see their full release here.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto closing playgrounds and other parks amenities to stop the spread of COVID-19
This afternoon, the City of Toronto announced that all City-owned playgrounds and amenities will be closed effective immediately.

Province

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
The provincial government's Action Plan is a major step in its response to COVID-19 and includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It will also make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
The province has launched a toll-free line, 1-888-444-3659, to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Federal

 Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: The Government of Canada is taking action to support the publishing and news sectors
The Government of Canada is taking action to support our publishing and news sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts will help ensure Canadians can continue to get reliable news and information related to COVID-19, so they can make the right decisions to stay healthy and safe.

CCOHS Makes Courses and Publications Available to Help Workplaces During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has made selected courses and publications freely available to help support workplaces in their efforts to protect the health, safety and well-being of their employees during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent
Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, today received Royal Assent, guaranteeing the rapid implementation and administration of measures to protect Canadians’ health and safety and stabilize the Canadian economy.

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