E-newsletter- July 17, 2020
This week, our government announced that more businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework which includes public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions put in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.
As part of Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing the gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:
- Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people.
- Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.
- Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.
Toronto (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) remains in Stage 2 and will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10 people. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide.
We will get there soon, thanks to all of your efforts!
For more information on the Stage 3 plan, please visit: Ontario.ca/reopen
JOBS AND RECOVERY COMMITTEE – HAVE YOUR SAY
The Jobs and Recovery Committee is looking for your input. Tell us about the economic impacts of the COVID‑19 outbreak on your business and our community. Your input will be shared with the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee and used to help plan for the economic recovery of the province. Please send your submissions to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-jobs-and-recovery-committee
Here are a few highlights from this week:
LONG-TERM CARE MODERNIZATION
Ontario’s aging population needs new long-term care beds developed and older homes redeveloped fast to meet their growing care needs. Our government is committed to building 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years
That is why earlier this week Premier Ford announced a completely redesigned funding model that will spur the development of more long-term care homes. This Modernized Funding Model will incentivise the development and redevelopment of all long-term care homes — for profit, not-for-profit, and municipal — to develop new modern spaces for Ontario’s seniors.
Our new funding model will encourage new beds to be built faster and upgrade existing homes to meet high-quality design standards, with features like air conditioning and private or semi-private rooms.
Working together with our long-term care partners, our government is using innovative ideas and modern solutions to support our most vulnerable Ontarians.
For more information: LTC Modernization
As the province safely and gradually reopens, Ontario is starting down the road to growth, renewal, and economic recovery. It is now more important than ever to support and promote Ontario’s world-class manufacturing sector and get people back to work. That is why our government is supporting the launch of the #OntarioMade program to raise awareness and support for the world-class goods that are made right here at home.
With the hardworking men and women of our province manufacturing everything from baby wipes to barbecues, cosmetic products to cars, supporting Ontario made products will be essential for building a strong, self-sufficient province. By supporting Ontario manufacturing, consumers are buying quality products and supporting friends, neighbors, and local communities. For more information, visit: #OntarioMade
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Our government is providing $9M to help those struggling to pay their electricity bills due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On June 1, our government announced a suite of initiatives to support Ontario’s electricity consumers, including a $9 million investment to support low-income Ontarians through the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). CEAP will provide a one-time payment to Ontarians who are struggling to pay overdue electricity bills incurred during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Applications for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program are now open! Contact Toronto Hydro here to apply.
Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/yc593sv8
IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS WEEK
- Bill 197, The COVID-19 Recovery Act – Second Reading Debate
- Bill 184, Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act – Third Reading Debate
- Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act was debated and passed
- Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act – Second Reading Debate
- Government Motion Number 84 – Extension of the State of Emergency was debated and passed
- Government Motion Number 85 – Establishing a Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight was debated and passed
The City of Toronto closes many streets for their ActiveTO project, plan your drive and avoid closures. Please visit: ActiveTO.
For information on the City of Toronto COVID-19 response, please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
The New Haven Learning Centre is doing a series of Caregiver Information and Wellness Micro-Workshops, held every Tuesday evening at 8pm. For more details, Click Here
My constituency office will be re-opening to the public by appointment only starting August 4, 2020, we are currently available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email email@example.com.
Christine Hogarth, MPP