March 26th Weekly Update

Published on March 26, 2021
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Vaccine Eligibility Update: 

 
Ontario is expanding appointments through its online booking system to individuals aged 70 and over, starting with Toronto on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:00AM and  expanding to more public health units in the near future.

Your options to book a vaccine appointment:

Provincial Booking System (including sites operated by the City of Toronto): www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488 

Toronto Hospitals Booking System (including sites operated by Sunnybrook, Baycrest, North York General, and Humber River Hospital): www.vaccineto.ca or call 1-888-385-1910

Contact a participating pharmacy: www.ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine
 
Passover is a celebration of the tremendous resilience of the Jewish people. I want to wish everyone a peaceful and joyous Passover - Chag Pesach Semeach!
 
Dear Neighbour, 

This week, the Ontario Government tabled and released Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario's response to COVID-19 and the second Budget the government has delivered during the pandemic.

The 2021 Budget builds on the government's record investments in response to the global pandemic, bringing total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people's health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario's COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion. 

This newsletter will provide highlights from the 2021 Budget.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario Government has provided direct financial support to parents through the Support for Learners program. We recognize the challenges that COVID-19 has created continue, which is why we've doubled the payments to parents through a third payment:

• $400 per child 
• $500 per child with special needs

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply again. If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for the COVID-19 Child Benefit. We will provide details on how to apply soon.
Earlier this year, the Ontario Government announced the Ontario Small Business Grant which would provide eligible small businesses in Ontario up to $20,000 to assist with operating expenses during COVID-19's challenging times. To date, over 120,000 applications have been approved.

In the 2021 Budget, the Ontario Government will double this support by providing an automatic second round of payments to eligible businesses. 
In the 2021 Budget, the Ontario Government announced historic investments to modernize and and upgrade long-term care homes in the province.

The Ontario government is investing $933 million in 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to thousands of additional new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. This announcement moves the government a step closer to fulfilling its commitment to add 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.

Additionally, Ontario is also investing $246 million over the next four years to improve living conditions in existing homes, including ensuring that homes have air conditioning for residents, so loved ones can live in comfort and with safety, dignity and respect.

To protect loved ones in long-term care from the deadly COVID-19 virus, Ontario is investing an additional $650 million in 2021–22, bringing the total resources invested since the beginning of the pandemic to protect the most vulnerable to over $2 billion.

To ensure loved ones receive the best quality care in Canada, Ontario is investing $4.9 billion over four years to increase the average direct daily care to four hours a day in long-term care and hiring more than 27,000 new positions, including personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses.
The Ontario Government recognizes that many faith‐based and cultural organizations that operate facilities for regular community gatherings are facing additional costs to meet public health guidelines as they safely reopen their facilities.

To provide meaningful support and help offset costs associated with making these facilities safe for regular community gatherings, the government will be making up to $50 million available for grants to eligible faith‐based and cultural organizations that are not currently eligible to access other provincial support grants.

To be eligible, organizations must operate facilities used for regular community gatherings and must not be eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Details on the grant and the application process will be available later this spring
In the 2021 Budget, the Ontario Government announced new and enhanced tax credits, including: 
  • A new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit for 2021. It would provide up to $2,000 per recipient for 50 per cent of eligible expenses, for a total of an estimated $260 million in support to about 230,000 people in 2021.
  • A 20 per cent enhancement of the CARE tax credit for 2021. This would increase support from $1,250 to $1,500, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families.
  • Ontario has introduced the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit for 2021. This new credit will provide an estimated $30 million in support for about 27,000 seniors and people who live with senior relatives.
  • Ontario is proposing to temporarily enhance the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit by investing an additional $61 million, resulting in total tax credit support of about $155 million by 2022–23.
Furthermore, the Ontario Government has set aside $150 million and intends to introduce legislation for a tax credit to encourage residents to explore Ontario when public health experts advise that it is safe to travel. 
My constituency office is open for appointments only. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.


Test Negative, Stay Positive,
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence
 
To book a COVID-19 vaccination, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488
Think you have COVID-19 Symptoms or have been in close contact with some who does? Click here for a self-assessment.
COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Ontario
Download the COVID-19 Alert App Today! Click here
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
 

Latest News from the Provincial Government:

Rapid antigen point-of-care tests have also been deployed to support asymptomatic testing of staff and students in schools across the province to support safe reopening... read more.
Ontario's hospitals have gone above and beyond to help keep our communities safe. The province is investing over $1.2B to support public hospitals impacted by COVID-19... read more
The Ontario Government  released Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario's response to COVID-19 and is the second Budget... read more.
Ontario is investing $3.7 million to help remove transportation barriers for people with disabilities, including seniors who require accessible transportation. As part of the 2021 Budget, the government will fund safe... read more.
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