May 21st 2020 | Weekly Update

Published on May 21, 2020

My drawing contest is still on and I love seeing the drawings coming in! Continue to sending them via email [email protected] or mail them into my Constituency Office.

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Dear Neighbour,

I am so thankful for the nice weather after a few cold months. A beautiful weekend is approaching and I know how many people are going to want to be outdoors. Go for it, do a barbecue with immediate household members in your backyard, take a walk,  enjoy some trails, but keep in mind physical distancing and public health measures when you do so. 

This week was definitely a big one in Ontario. On Tuesday, we began Stage 1 of the Framework of Economic Recovery by allowing all retail stores with street entrance to open if they are able to do so safety, amongst other things. To support our reopening, the Ministry of Health released updated health guidelines as more people now attend work and are outside:
  • Wear a non-medical face covering, such as a cloth mask, safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps. Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;
  • Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries;
  • Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, SickKids Hospital, and the health experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, the Minister of Education announced this week that all public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.

Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, summer day camps, both indoor and outdoor, may be permitted in July and August of this year with strict health and safety guidelines.
This week, I rose in the legislature to recognize those who are stepping up to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals and organizations embody the Ontario Spirit and give us confidence that together as a community and as a province, we will beat COVID-19. 

Speaking in the Chamber on May 20th, 2020

Applications for the 2020/21 Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are now available. Whether you're going to post-secondary for the first time or a returning student you can now apply! Temporary loan deferrals and interest waivers on existing loans continue until September 30th, 2020. 
My drawing contest is still on and I love seeing the drawings coming in! Continue to sending them via email [email protected] or mail them into my Constituency Office. They will all be displayed on my Drawing Contest Submission Window. Every participant will receive a Letter of Appreciation from me. 

Although my constituency office remains closed to walk-ins, my staff and I are working remotely and remain available to answer your inquiries via phone or email. Please contact us if you are in need of assistance - we are here to support you and appreciate your patience as it may take us longer than normal to get back to you.

Robin Martin, MPP

(416) 781-2395 - [email protected]

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: 

Ontario has expanded testing criteria to include all individuals displaying one symptom consistent with COVID-19. Some asymptomatic individuals may also be recommended for testing in consultation with public health. 
Click here for the locations of assessment centres in the City of Toronto.

I've launched a dedicated website which provides a one-stop resource detailing programs to support individuals and businesses from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated frequently as new information becomes available:

  COVID-19 TIPS   
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit
  • The Federal Government has extended the eligibility of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29th, 2020.
  • The Federal Government released a program named Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) for businesses that can demonstrate annual revenue of over $300 million. A requirement of this loan is that each company that borrows money must provide the government with an ownership stake or cash equivalent of 15% of the principal amount. No portion of this loan is forgivable. 
  • The City of Toronto will be opening more than 850 park amenities this week. 
  • The Toronto Zoo will begin opening for a drive-thru experience starting this Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online for a 45-minute safari adventure.
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas are now open in the City of Toronto. Physical Distancing measures are however in still in effect. 
I cannot wait to see the talent that children of Eglinton-Lawrence have! Mail in your drawing to Robin Martin, 2882 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M6B 3S6 - alternatively you can email it to [email protected]
Tell your friends and family who have children to participate! 

Deadline: June 10th, 2020


Download my recently released Activity Book for kids. I know how hard it is to keep your kids busy at this time - so I hope this book will provide them a bit of fun, while keeping them busy! Click on the photo to direct you to the Activity Book!