COVID-19 - April 17 Update

As we head into the weekend, I would like to repeat what is now a familiar message for all of us...Stay Home! It has been difficult for everyone but we are seeing the results of our efforts. To remind everyone about the need to stay home, I invited some of our neighbours to help me create this video. Please consider sharing it in your networks to remind everyone of the importance of staying home and you can also find it posted on my social media channels, should you wish to share from there.

The Province has announced that they are expanding the definition of essential service workers, which will now include developmental services, victim services, shelter staff and Canada Post employees among others. In addition, they announced a partnership with Rogers and Apple to provide iPads for students who do not have access to technology.

While most air travel is restricted, the Federal government announced that for those still travelling by air will need to cover their mouths and noses, including at airport screening checkpoints when they cannot physically distance, or when directed to do so by a public health official. Aviation passengers on all flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports will also be required to demonstrate they have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey.

In community,


Local Updates

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market
Our office has been in frequent communication with the operator of the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, which was affected by the provincial shut-down of non-essential businesses. I am happy to share that they have shifted their efforts to provide their local, fresh and nutritious whole foods through a new website.

They have formed a partnership with the community-minded people at St. Anne's Church, and will be using their Parish Hall on Thursdays as a drop-off and distribution depot. Farmers and vendors will bring their pre-ordered, pre-paid, pre-packed products to the Hall, and a small team will assemble orders for customers to pick up during the afternoon. Customers will be assigned times to come, to keep the number of people on-site low, and social distancing will be maintained.    

Henderson Brewing and Parkdale Community Food Bank Partnership
Our local Henderson Brewing Company is working with the Parkdale Community Food Bank for their latest Ides Series of limited edition brews. These beverages feature iconic labels designed by Wayne Ruben, who created the posters for Honest Ed’s. Even better, all profits from the beer and glass sales will be donated to the Parkdale Food Bank.

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services is offering free online programming via the Zoom application from April 20th - April 24th to support newcomer/immigrant youth aged 13 to 24. For more information, please call (647) 456-1971 or email CICS at [email protected].

Friendly Neighbourhood Hotline
Need help during the COVID-19 pandemic? University Health Network and Open Lab have created the friendly neighbourhood hotline to assist seniors in low income housing. Just call 1 (855) 581-9580 or visit between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday to receive help picking up essentials like groceries and essential items.

Recent Announcements


City of Toronto provides update on financial impacts of COVID-19
Toronto Mayor John Tory provided an update today to the City finances as the City continues to monitor and address the impacts of COVID-19, as the pandemic emergency continues to exert major financial stresses locally, nationally and globally.

City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health stresses importance of data in public health response
Dr. de Villa shared insight on COVID-19 patterns in Toronto. In the city, 23 per cent of COVID-19 cases are in residents over 80 years of age. In hospital, 35 per cent of cases are residents between 40 and 59 years of age. Looking at transmission, 35 per cent of cases are the result of being a close contact of a confirmed case, underscoring the importance of strict isolation for those that are ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19. Trends and patters in data help public health officials understand how and where the virus is spreading and inform and evaluate the public health response. Dr. de Villa’s full remarks are available at

City of Toronto Maintains a Comprehensive Covid-19 Website that is updated each day
The City's website is updated every day with respect to announcements about City services and updates on issues. The site contains information on support programs, public health directives and much more useful information.


Ontario Establishes Key Partnerships to Make Home Learning More Accessible
The Ontario government has partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. iPads are being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data. Apple is providing on-going support in French and English to teachers, parents and students, with a collection of resources to support learning and working from home.

Ontario Offers Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Staff
The Ontario government is expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care. This will help additional frontline staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. An emergency order was issued which will offer support to those providing a variety of critical services including people who assist vulnerable communities, emergency response and law enforcement sector staff, more health and safety workers, and certain federal employees.

Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Vulnerable People from COVID-19
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 among the province's most vulnerable citizens and ensure frontline services can continue to be delivered in priority areas, the Ontario government has issued new temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.


New measures introduced for non-medical masks or face coverings in the Canadian transportation system
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced new measures requiring all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. These measures come into effect at noon EDT on April 20, 2020.

Statement by Minister Guilbeault on Canada Day celebrations
In light of the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the world, our government has decided to celebrate Canada Day differently this year, in a way that will allow us to come together virtually to share our pride in being Canadian.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: New Support to Protect Canadian Jobs
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The government is working in close consultation with all impacted sectors across the economy to take action where it is required, and is prepared to take further targeted action as needed to ensure that Canada is well-positioned for a strong recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 across all sectors of the economy.

City Hall Address:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C42
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-392-7012

Fax: 416-392-7957

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