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Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to Support Canadians and Businesses

From: Department of Finance Canada

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Support for Canadians

  Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

  Flexibility for Taxpayers

  Mortgage Default Management Tools

  Role of Financial Institutions

Support for Businesses

  Supporting Canadian Businesses Through the Canada Account

  Helping Businesses Keep Their Workers

  Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes

  Ensuring Businesses have Access to Credit

  Supporting Financial Market Liquidity

Economic Response Plan – Cost and Implementation

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

March 17, 2020 9:13 A.M.

TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.

"We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority."

As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.

Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.

"We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We know these measures will affect people's every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. We're working with all partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and community care, to do everything we can to contain this virus and ensure that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario."

"Our government is taking an important step to protect Ontarians by declaring a provincial emergency through the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, establishing Ontario's ability to quickly implement and enforce orders in the public interest," said Solicitor General Jones. "Our government will continue to respond to this outbreak by limiting the exposure of individuals to COVID-19 and ensure the health and well-being of all Ontarians."

Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19 by providing the following:

  • $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
  • $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
  • $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
  • $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
  • $50 million for long-term care homes to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
  • $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
  • $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
  • $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.

 

Quick Facts

  • The increased funding includes investments from Ontario’s previously-announced COVID-19 Contingency Fund, as well as funding provided by the federal government.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
  • There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. To find out more visit Ontario's website.

Additional Resources

  • Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
  • Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
  • If you are a health care professional, learn how to protect yourself and your patients by reading our guidance documents.
  • For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

Media Contacts

PRESS RELEASE - Jeff Yurek MPP

IMPORTANT UPDATE- COVID-19 Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:30am

Based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario has declared a state of emergency. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions and the health and well-being of every individual and family must be our number one priority.

We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health sector fight the spread of this virus.

The first order under this declaration will be the prohibition of organized public events of over 50 people, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship until March 31st.

Secondly, the following establishments are closed effective immediately until March 31st:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies, and
  • Concert Venues

The vast majority of businesses will not be affected by this order. Essential services and essential needs will be available to every individual and family such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, manufacturing facilities, and public transit.

COVID-19 Relief Package

Our government is also announcing the first stage of our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package. This is over $304 million committed to supporting the fight against COVID-19.

The $304 million will enhance the province’s response to COVID-19 by providing the following:

  • $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
  • $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
  • $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
  • $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
  • $50 million for long-term care homes to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and one-time grants for homes for increased cost of supplies.
  • $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
  • $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures
  • $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.

This is the first stage of a larger Emergency Relief Package. In the coming days Ontario will face challenging times. We must come together as a province. Every Ontarian must support each other.

LOCALLY

In order to continue to protect the health and safety of our staff and constituents, the constituency office at 750 Talbot St. Suite 201, St. Thomas is closed to walk-in appointments. Staff are still in-office and able to serve and assist Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30 and all questions or concerns will be addressed by phone: 519-631-0666 and email: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org

At this difficult and uncertain time, we must come together as a community and support those around us who may be feeling anxious or isolated. If you or someone you know is a senior, living with a disability, living in a remote location, or has other needs that aren’t being met, please call the office. We will do everything we can to help.

Many thanks to all of the frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and retail workers in Elgin-Middlesex-London who are working around the clock to support their fellow community members. Every day, but especially in times like these, we are incredibly lucky to be part of such a dedicated network.

QUICK FACTS

  • The increased funding includes investments from Ontario’s previously-announced COVID-19 Contingency Fund, as well as funding provided by the federal government.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS
  • There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. To find out more visit Ontario's website.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Sincerely,

Delany Leitch, Executive Assistant to
Jeff Yurek - Member of Provincial Parliament, Elgin-Middlesex-London

Office: 519-631-0666
Fax: 519-631-9478
delany.leitch@pc.ola.org

PRESS RELEASE - Municipal Goods and Services

PRESS RELEASE

MUNICIPALITY OF DUTTON DUNWICH COVID-19 FACILITIES AND SERVICES

For immediate release:  Tuesday March 17, 2020

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and preparing for potential impacts to our community and workplace. The health and safety of the public and our employees is our main priority.  Please be advised of the following operational changes that are effective immediately, including:

MUNICIPAL OFFICE

The Municipal office remains operational between 8:30 and 4:30, Monday to Friday, however will not be open to the public.  Municipal staff can be contacted by email: info@duttondunwich.on.ca or telephone at: 519-762-2204.  ServiceOntario is now OPEN with reduced hours. For your enquiries please email  scundy@duttondunwich.on.ca or telephone at: 519-762-6892. 

Payments for goods and services can be made through online banking or left in the locked drop box located at the Mary Street entrance.

OTHER MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS/LOCATIONS

All other Locations are operational however we are respectfully requesting residents refrain from visiting these locations at this time and contact employees by telephone.

LIBRARY

In keeping with guidelines from senior levels of government and in order to protect the public and their employees, Elgin County have CLOSED their public libraries including John Kenneth Galbraith Library until further notice.  Library due dates will be extended, and the Library will continue to offer a range of online tools and resources – please visit the County’s website or call 519-631-1460 x. 148.

MUNICIPAL PROGRAMS

All Municipal run recreation programs i.e., morning walk and pickle ball are currently cancelled.

We continue to be guided by public health officials at Southwestern Public Health and the province in taking actions to protect Dutton Dunwich residents and visitors from COVID-19.  Any changes to meeting schedules including Council Meetings and Committee Meetings will be available on the Municipal Website. 

The Southwestern Public Health is your best source for accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Elgin County.  Visit the website at www.swpublichealth.ca.

We look forward to providing further updates to you in the days ahead.

For further information contact:  Heather Bouw, Clerk - hbouw@duttondunwich.on.ca - Telephone, 519-762-2204

Public Consultation - Consumer Protection Act

News Release

Ontario Launches Consultations to Update Consumer Protection Act

March 12, 2020

Reviewing the Consumer Protection Act for the first time in 15 years

Ontario is making government work smarter and rebuilding consumer confidence by conducting a comprehensive review of the Consumer Protection Act.  This review will ensure that consumers are protected in everyday transactions — from buying clothing in a store to renovating their home.

"The Consumer Protection Act has not been reviewed since it came into force in 2005, and the marketplace has drastically changed since then," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "The review is part of Ontario's plan to work smarter by putting consumers first and listening to their needs and concerns to help better protect them."

The review will consider opportunities to address changing technology, marketplace innovations, and streamlining requirements for businesses and consumers. As a first step, an online survey will gather information about consumers' understanding of the act and their experiences when engaging in consumer transactions. Ontarians can fill out the survey at ontario.ca/ConsumerReview until May 11, 2020.

The government will also be conducting consultations with consumers and businesses through the regulatory registry later this year.

"Our government is committed to providing best-in-class protections so the people of Ontario have confidence when they spend their hard-earned money," said Thompson. "We're building a foundation for a modern and equitable system that truly puts people at the centre of everything we do — both now and in the future. And we want to assure Ontarians that they have a voice in helping us create stronger rules to protect them and their families."

QUICK FACTS

  • In Ontario, many of your rights as a consumer are set out by the Consumer Protection Act and other consumer protection legislation.
  • On December 5, 2019, the government introduced Bill 159, the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, to strengthen protection and enhance business practices for the people of Ontario.
  • On December 19, 2019, the government released the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Report, which includes a commitment to review the Consumer Protection Act.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONTACTS

  • Nicko Vavassis, Minister’s Office - 647-283-2978
  • Barbara Hanson, Communications Branch - 647-293-3041
  • Ministry of Government and Consumer Services http://www.ontario.ca/mgcs

MP Vecchio Constituency Office Closed for Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From the Constituency Office of Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament

 

March 16, 2020

 

ST. THOMAS, ON- Effected immediately the constituency office of Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament, Elgin-Middlesex-London will be closed for walk- in services to the public. Out of an abundance of caution, health and safety to staff and the public, staff will be serving only by phone and email.

 

The public is advised to call our office at 519-637-2255 and please leave a detailed message if they are unable to connect and my staff will be returning calls as soon as possible. My office will also be regularly checking email and will be responding in priority at karen.vecchio@parl.gc.ca.

 

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. The Government of Canada has travel advisories for the following regions: China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore and South Korea. The Public Health Agency of Canada is also recommending Canadians avoid “all cruise ship travel” due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. This is a fluid situation.

For the latest information on COVID-19 please visit; www.canada.ca/coronavirus or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-784-4397.

 

For more information please contact: Jill Ferguson Member’s Assistant 519-637-2255

karen.vecchio.c1c@parl.gc.ca

Library Closed

In keeping with guidelines from senior levels of government and in order to protect the public and our employees, the John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library is CLOSED until further notice.  Library due dates will be extended and the Library will continue to offer a range of online tools and resources – please visit the County’s website or call 519-631-1460 x. 148.

Cancellation of March Break and Municipally Recreation Programs

The Municipality takes the health of residents and visitors very seriously and is carefully monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus in Ontario.  

Effective immediately the Municipality is cancelling March Break activities and Municipally run recreation programs (morning walks and pickle ball).

The Municipality is currently consulting the Provincial “Risk Considerations to Postpone or Cancel Public Gatherings Guidelines.  Should scheduled events, meet any of the Risk Guidelines the Municipality reserves the right to cancel events as recommended, and issue a refund where applicable.

We recognize that some residents may have concerns with respect to the COVID-19 virus and your planned event.  Should you wish to cancel your event, please contact the Municipal office at 519-762-2204 for a “Large Gathering Checklist”.

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing or sneezing cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.  Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1-part bleach to 9 parts water):
    • toys, toilets, phones, electronics door handles, bedside tables, television remotes
  • If feeling unwell stay home and keep your distance from family members.

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