April 6th 2020 | COVID-19 Update

Published on April 06, 2020

COVID-19 is a serious, contagious and life-threatening illness. Each of us has a responsibility to prevent its spread. To protect the vulnerable, to protect our families and communities, we must refrain from holiday travel and only celebrate Passover and Easter with the immediate members of our household.

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Important Message about Passover and Easter
 
COVID-19 is a serious, contagious and life-threatening illness. Each of us has a responsibility to prevent its spread. To protect the vulnerable, to protect our families and communities, we must refrain from holiday travel and only celebrate Passover and Easter with the immediate members of our household.

We know that for many, not being able to join together in person to celebrate these important holidays will be difficult. But that is no excuse to violate mandatory Public Health measures meant to save lives.

People over 70 years old or who have underlying medical conditions should self-isolate. Visiting them or inviting them over to your home to celebrate these holidays puts their lives in danger.

Gatherings of more than five people who do not live together in the same household are illegal and could be subject to a fine of up to $100,000 and/or one year imprisonment under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act. 

Cross-border travel for these holidays is not essential travel. Those who enter Canada are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine under the Quarantine Act. That means staying home at all times and not receiving visitors under any circumstance. Violating the Quarantine Act is punishable by up to $1 million fine and/or up to three years imprisonment.
 
Whatever your tradition or custom is, keep it alive in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy.  Let us protect our loved ones this year so we can all celebrate together next year. 
 

         PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT        

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.
 
 
For more information, you can also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
For the latest COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario click here or visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
 
CHANGES TO THE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES LIST
 
The Ontario Government has updated the list of essential services, ordering more workplace to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The updated list has directed additional businesses to close and restricts specified businesses to providing services by alternate methods such as curb side pick up and delivery, except in exceptional circumstances. This includes stores that sell hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office supplies and computer products and repairs and safety supplies. 

Only critical construction projects will continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue. 

Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659 available from:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m.― 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. 


To see a list of the updated essential services click below: 
Click here to see the list of updated essential services
 

Support for Families


While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home.

There is no income cap on this program. If you have more than one child, you must submit one application per child.

Parents already receiving Support for Parents payments through direct deposit will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application.

For more information and how to apply click on the link below:

Support for Families
 
COVID-19 Modelling

On Friday, the Ontario government released extensive COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths. In doing so, the province is providing the public with full transparency about the consequences should everyone but essential workers fail to stay home and practice physical distancing. Key highlights from the modelling include:
  • While COVID-19 impacts Ontarians of all ages, those over the age of 60 face higher risk of severe disease leading to higher mortality rates. The data demonstrates the need to focus public health measures on protecting seniors.
  • Had Ontario taken no action, the impact of COVID-19 would have risen to an estimated 300,000 cases and an estimated death toll of 6,000 people.
  • Due to timely public health measures, Ontario has avoided much more dire impacts, preventing an estimated 220,000 cases and 4,400 deaths to date.
  • Over the course of the pandemic, between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected 100,000 deaths if no action were taken.
  • By taking further measures, Ontario can further reduce the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 down to projections as low as 12,500 additional cases and 200 additional deaths by the end of April.
Click here to view the COVID-19 Modelling
 

           FEDERAL GOVERNMENT          

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Applications are now open. 

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.
 
Days to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
 
Birth Month       Apply for CERB on           Apply
Jan, Feb, or Mar,       Mon           April 6
Apr, May, or Jun,       Tue           April 7
Jul, Aug, or Sept,       Wed           April 8
Oct, Nov, or Dec,       Thu           April 9
Any month       Fri, Sat & Sun      N/A

For more information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html
 
 
 

         MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT         

Enforcement Blitz in Full Effect


The City of Toronto's enforcement blitz is in full effect. Toronto Police, Municipal Licensing & Standards By-Law Enforcement Officers as well as Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff are in parks across the City enforcing proper education and physical distancing. 

Emerging problems area include: 
Bluffer's Park, Canoe Landing, Christie Pits, High Park, Humber Bay Park East, Sunnyside Park, Trinity Bellwoods, Van Horne Park, Woodbine Park, and Sherwood Park.

Violations include a minimum $1000 fine. 

To report a potential violation of municipal by-laws or provincial emergency orders, please call 311. 
 
 
Constituency Office Operations
Following recommendations from public health to practice social and physical distancing, my constituency office remains closed at this time. My staff and I are working remotely and remain available to answer your inquiries via phone or email. We appreciate your patience as it may take us longer than normal to get back to you.
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