April 2nd 2020 | COVID-19 Update

Published on April 02, 2020

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use Ontario’s interactive self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care.

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Ontario’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool


If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use Ontario’s interactive self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care.
If you took the self-assessment before March 27th, please take it again. Updates include more specific instructions for people who have returned to Canada in the past month or have higher risks associated with getting COVID-19.

For more information, you can also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
For the latest COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario click here or visit ontario.ca/coronavirus


State of Emergency Extended

The Ontario Government has extended the state of emergency declared on March 17th to April 14, 2020. All associated emergency orders issued under the state of emergency have also been extended.
The following venues remain closed under this declaration:
• Indoor recreation facilities
• Public Libraries
• Licensed child care facilities
• Private Schools
• Theatres
• Concert Venues
• All bars and restaurants, except those providing takeout or delivery options.
• Outdoor recreational facilities including playgrounds and sports fields
• Non-essential businesses
Click here to read more about the Extended State of Emergency

Social Gatherings of More Than 5 Are Now Prohibited 

The Ontario Government has issued an emergency order prohibiting all social gatherings and organized public events of more than five people in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including parades, events and communal services with places of worship. This replaces the previous order that prohibited organized public events of more than 50.  This order would not apply to private households with more than five people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at a time.
Click here to read more about Prohibited Social Gatherings

Guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health 

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, is strongly recommending that all individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate. This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands. This also applies to individuals who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions.

In addition, he is strongly recommending that all local public health units in Ontario use their powers under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to enforce the mandatory self-isolation of all COVID-19 cases and contacts.
Click here to read the Chief Medical Officer of Health's Statement

Rent and Evictions Information

The Ontario government is asking landlords to be as flexible as possible when it comes to collecting rent at this time when may are struggling.

Tenants who can pay their rent must do so. Tenants that are having challenges paying rent due to the impacts of COVID-19 should speak with their landlords about possible deferral of rent payment or agreeing to other payment arrangements.

If a tenant has been locked out of their unit or is being threatened with eviction, they should contact the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (RHEU) immediately at: 1-800-772-9277
Click here to learn more about renting changes during COVID-19

Public Schools Closed Until May 4th

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all public schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least May 4, 2020. To support students during this extended closure, Phase 2 of Learn at Home will include online teacher-led courses for grade marks. This will ensure all students will get report cards and graduating students will still earn the credits necessary for graduation.
Click here to read more about Public School Closures


The Ontario Government has temporarily deferred OSAP payments by providing a six-month loan payment and interest accrual moratorium until September 30th, 2020. Any voluntary payments made during this period will be applied to their loan principal.
Click here to learn more about OSAP Deferrals

Protecting Workers

Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer has issued additional guidance to employers to do everything they can to make their workplaces safe. Employers continue to have obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace, including infectious diseases. 

Workers can report any concerns about workplace hazards related to COVID-19 to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development at 1-877-202-0008. 

As of today, Ministry inspectors have visited 1,454 workplaces and issued 286 orders related to COVID-19. Inspectors will continue their work every day to ensure the Ontario workers are safe on the job.

Price Gouging

Unfortunately, in recent days we have seen a small number of businesses and individuals selling basic necessities for higher than normal prices. In response, the Government of Ontario has announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable.

Effective immediately, individual offenders can face a ticket of $750 fine with a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or one year in jail. Convicted company directors can face up to $500,000 and/or one year in jail. Corporations can face fines of up to $10 million dollars.
Click here for more information for new penalties for Price Gouging

Ontario Together Fund 

The Ontario Government is investing $50 million into the Ontario Together Fund to provide innovative solutions or assist companies retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and/or equipment.

In addition, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade have worked closely with businesses across Ontario and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association to ramp up production of ventilators and other essential medical supplies to meet the need in Ontario and other parts of Canada.

The government recently placed an order with O-Two Medical Technologies who, with the support of Ontario's world-class manufacturing sector, will produce 10,000 ventilator units.
Click here for more information on Ontario Together

Enhanced Public Reporting for COVID-19

Ontario has enhanced the public information about COVID-19 through a new dedicated web page which features detailed summaries of epidemiological data provided by Public Health Ontario.
Click here to visit the new website for COVID-19

           FEDERAL GOVERNMENT          

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Applications will open on April 6. If you are a wage earner, self-employed, a contractor and have a loss of income due to COVID-19 you may be eligible for this new benefit.

For more information:

Small Business Loans

The Federal Government has recently announced support for businesses providing a loan of up to $40,000 to help businesses improve cash flow. Furthermore, the government has announced a 75% wage-subsidy for businesses that continue to employee workers, so long as they remain on pay roll.

For more information: 


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

This proposed benefit would provide a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Eligible employers would include individuals, taxable corporations, and partnerships consisting of eligible employers as well as non‑profit organizations and registered charities. This subsidy would be available to eligible employers that see a drop of at least 30 per cent of their revenue.
For more information:


         MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT         

Cancellation of All Public Events

Mayor John Tory recently announced that all public events on City of Toronto property are cancelled until June 30, 2020.

These include:
• City-led major events, festivals, conferences, and cultural programs;
• All City permits issued for major events organized by eternal groups at Civic Centres, squares, parks, public spaces including road closures, City-operated museums and culture centres.

Enforcement of Closures

Municipal by-law enforcement officers and Toronto Police are actively enforcing city by-laws and provincial emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. To report a potential contravention of emergency orders in the City of Toronto, please call 311.
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, individuals can face a fine of $750 for failure to comply with a provincial emergency order if ticketed by a provincial offenses officer.  If a summons is issued, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself.

Order Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act

Under an order issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, people who have travelled internationally, have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are ordered to stay home for 14 days.

For more information: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
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Robin Martin, MPP 
Eglinton Lawrence 

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