COVID-19 update from
MPP Christine Hogarth
Enewsletter- April 9, 2020
COVID-19 has changed our world in a number of different ways. I've heard from many concerned about their health and the capacity of our medical system, while others want to know how they can provide for their family during this unprecedented time. With the situation changing hour-by-hour, it can be difficult to know what to do and when. The Government's top priority continues to be the health and wellness of all citizens.
I would like to thank you and all the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore for following the best advice of health professionals and practicing phisical distancing.
As Easter weekend approaches, many of us will be celebrating. Easter is God’s blessing to the world. It is his way of telling us that, love and hope still exist in the world. Although we may not be celebrating as we would in the past as we must stay home and practice physical distancing. We encourage you to find ways to stay connected and celebrate with loved ones and friends in different ways, by phone or video chat and some good news for the little ones, please let them know that the Premier has declared the Easter Bunny an essential service!
Stay healthy and stay safe. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 416-259-2249 if you have any questions or need clarification.
Christine Hogarth, MPP
For the latest information, please visit:
Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000 and https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
PLEASE STAY HOME
Stay home except for essential reasons, such as:
- Access health care services;
- Shop for groceries (please shop alone, if you are able);
- Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
- Walk pets or get exercise; and
- Support vulnerable community members.
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Provincial Government has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people and stopping price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and a decision that was not made lightly. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces for more information.
The government’s action plan provides $17 billion that includes $7 billion in direct supports for health care, people and jobs; and makes available $10 billion in support for families, seniors, and small businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flows. For more information visit: Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19.
ü Providing support for students by waiving any interest payments for OSAP until the end of summer.
ü Setting time-of day-use electricity prices for eligible customers at the lowest rate, 24 hours a day for 45 days.
ü One-time emergency payment of $2.7 million to support victim service organizations, including $118,000 to Victim Services Toronto.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
The new 'Support for Families' program will provide parents with a one-time per child payment of $200 for kids 12 and under; $250 for kids or youth 21 and under with special needs. If you applied to the 'Support for Parents' program during the labour disruption you will automatically receive the payment. Apply here
The government is making it easier for everyone, especially those on the front lines, to reach out for mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak. We've added resources to improve access to telephone, online and virtual supports. Learn more
ACCESSING TEST RESULTS
To give patients direct access to their COVID-19 lab results, Ontario Health has launched a new website. This new tool will help ease pressure on public health units and on frontline workers. Learn more
I’VE BEEN LAYED OFF. WHAT DO I DO?
If you've been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Canadians who are eligible for Employment Insurance and who have lost their job can continue to apply for EI. Please note, you can apply to one of these two support programs, not both. Apply for EI OR Apply for CERB
On April 3rd, Ontario released COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project both the potential number of cases and deaths. The models show that the potential to spread COVID-19 is massive and deadly if we don't act swiftly to stay home and practice physical distancing. Read the presentation
Our children remain a priority that is why the Minister of Education announced that school and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. Select centres designated to support frontline health care workers and first responders will remain open.
To ensure continuity of learning, the government is launching the second phase of Learn at Home. Developed in conjunction with education partners, we are establishing clarity for parents, enhanced education supports, and creating opportunities for teachers and educators to connect with students. To learn more visit ontario.ca/learnathome.
CAN YOU HELP?
Does your business have ideas or products that can help our response to COVID-19? If so, the government wants to hear from you! The Provincial Government has set up a $50 million fund to support submissions so that we can action quickly. The Ontario Together Fund will help companies retool, build capacity or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care homes and other critical public services. For more information visit Ontario Together.
More than ever it’s important to come together as a community and that each of us do our part to protect the health and safety of each other. Thank you, thank you, thank you!