May 14th, 2020 | Weekly Update

Published on May 14, 2020

The government released details of the first stage of reopening Ontario's economy. The workplaces opening in this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.

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Dear Neighbour,

It's National Nurses' Week and I want to start off by thanking all our nurses across Ontario. They are working around the clock in settings including hospitals, long-term care homes, and public health units to keep us all safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for all of the work you do.
On Tuesday, I was at the legislature as it reconvened to extend the province's State of Emergency until June 2nd. Continuing the State of Emergency allows the Ontario Government to respond quickly to changing circumstances as we begin the process of reopening Ontario's economy. 
And this afternoon, the government released details of the first stage of reopening Ontario's economy. The workplaces opening in this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:

  • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
  • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:
  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
  • Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
  • Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
The Government has also removed co-payments for people on the Ontario Drug Benefit Program until July 1st for prescriptions being dispensed for over 30+ days. In addition, existing and new Trillium Drug Program households can apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden for families during the outbreak. I know this has been a concern for a number of constituents and am pleased to see this resolution come forward after a number of discussions between the government and our pharmacy partners. 

In other news, my drawing contest submission window is up! Continue to send in your drawings to [email protected] or mail them into my Constituency Office at 2882 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON., M6B 3S6. All drawings will be displayed on my window, and the best in my quarterly newsletter. Deadline to submit is June 10, 2020.  
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 symptoms 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.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit

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:

  • Community Gardens within the City of Toronto are open for the 2020 season. Visit the City's website for more information.
  • The Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNE) announced that this year's Exhibition is cancelled. This is the second time in Canadian history that it has been cancelled. 
  • 20 CurbTO sites have been installed with another 25 in the works. 
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!