Emergency extended to June 2 as province gradually reopens economy

As stated in a press release received May 12: The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This additional time will ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities …

Ontario significantly increases COVID-19 lab testing daily

This afternoon the province announced that it has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes, and other congregate settings. In partnership with Ontario Health, Public Health …

Renfrew County announcements

Recent announcements of significance from County of Renfrew. Warden Robinson applauds MPP Yakabuski’s intervention on behalf of paramedics Renfrew County Warden Debbie Robinson in her address on April 29 said, “MPP Yakabuski has been influential in ensuring our voice is heard and has personally taken our issues to Ministers Elliott …

COVID-19 news round-up

Some significant announcements came from the province last week. Certain businesses may re-open on Monday On May 1st, the Ontario government announced it is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted …

Province announces guidelines to reopen the economy

Today Ontario released A Framework for Reopening our Province. It outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The …

Ontario keeps schools closed to May 31

In a news release received on April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical …

Frontline pandemic workers to receive pay top-ups

On April 25 2020 the Ontario government announced it is providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. These workers will receive temporary pandemic pay of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. In addition, the government will be providing monthly lump sum payments of $250 for four months …

Ontario extends parks closure to May 31

In a statement released this morning, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, said an extension of parks closures to May 31, 2020 was required to keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. “In order to keep …

Small businesses and landlords get urgent relief

A news release issued today states the Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal …

Health experts say Ontario likely past pandemic peak

The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which it says  shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures …