COVID-19 - March 31 Update

I recognize that one of the most pressing challenges for many people at this time is rent payments, many of which are due April 1st, the first due date since the state of emergency commenced.  The province, which is in charge of landlord/tenant regulations, has put in place a freeze on new eviction orders and directed that those already issued are not enforced during the emergency period.  If you are able to pay your rent it is important that you continue to do so.  It is also important that landlords and tenants work together if financial challenges mean paying rent is difficult at this time.  I am continuing to advocate with all appropriate officials at all levels of government on this issue.  I feel strongly that this is an area that we need all governments to continue working together in order to implement further measures.

The Mayor announced today that the City has had to cancel all major public events and festivals until June 30th in the interests of public health safety.  Although a very difficult decision, it is based on the advice of our City's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Government of Ontario also announced an extension of school and child care closures until Monday, May 4th. As this dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice. In order to reduce the impact of these closures on student learning, they have enhanced the Learn at Home program, which you can visit through the link provided below.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Connie Lamanna – Resident with a Big Heart
I want to give special recognition to Connie Lamanna of Ontario Fashion Textiles in Corso Italia, who donated fabric for up to 1,000 masks. These masks will be sewn together by the Green Neighbourhoods Network and donated to Michael Garron Hospital for their 1,000 masks a week challenge. This is a great example about how our community can come together to fight this pandemic. Thank you Connie for your generosity.

Ontario Works
A system has been set-up for the safe and efficient distribution of Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) cheques for those who normally pick up their cheques at an office or need a replacement payment card.  Cheque pick-up and card replacement started yesterday, March 30 and continues through to Wednesday, April 1 at tents located at 214 Wellington St. W.; 3660 Kingston Rd. and 605 Rogers Rd. The tents are not COVID-19 testing sites. More information is available on the City’s website.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Cancellation of mass events through to June 30
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the recent provincial emergency order to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, the City of Toronto will cancel all City-led major mass participation events, festivals, conferences and cultural programs, and all City permits for major mass participation events organized by external groups at civic centres and squares, parks, public spaces (including road closures), City-operated museums and cultural centres through June 30.

City of Toronto emergency child care centres open today
Today, the City of Toronto opened four emergency licensed child centres for the children of eligible, essential and critical service workers.

Toronto Police Service Update on On-Street Parking Enforcement and Change-Over Parking
On April 1, 2020, change-over parking will start in areas where parking regulations require a change from one side of the street to the other.

Parking Enforcement will be using a high level of discretion in these areas and enforcement will only take place when necessary to ensure the safe flow of traffic and emergency vehicles.

Canadians asked to disinfect mailboxes to keep mail carriers safe amid COVID-19
The union representing Canada Post employees is asking Canadians to disinfect their mail boxes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Province

Province Supports Postsecondary Students During COVID-19
Ontario Enabling Students to Complete the Academic Year, Offering Loan Payment Deferrals and Financial Support for Institutions.

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19
To ensure continuity of learning, the provincial government is launching the second phase of Learn at Home. Developed in conjunction with education partners, the government is establishing clarity for parents, enhancing education supports, and creating opportunities for teachers and educators to connect with students.

Federal

National Film Board of Canada offers free online learning resources for parents and teachers
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the country’s leader in audiovisual learning resources, is offering FREE online learning resources that will give Canadian families and teachers new tools to keep young minds engaged.

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