March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates – 2020年3月18日 —-COVID-19 更新
COVID-19 Updates – March 18, 2020
City of Toronto
- Social distancing continues to be heavily encouraged by the City of Toronto. Public gatherings, meetups, house visits and playdates are NOT encouraged at this time.
- City of Toronto services being changed with immediate effect:
- Wedding chambers at City Hall and Civic Centres are all now closed.
- Marriage registry services are all closed.
- Marriage license issuing is suspended.
- Non-emergency Building, By-law, DineSafe and BodySafe operations are suspended.
- Access to Toronto Housing offices is closed. Payments and processing services continue.
- Planning applications will be delayed, and City Planning is looking at how to address delays.
- All Toronto Court Service Offices and Service Counters are closed. Provincial Offences Courts are closed. All scheduled matters are postponed across the province.
- Business licensing and renewing is suspending. Some can be renewed, through the City’s online services.
- Enforcement of expired business licensing has been suspended.
- Emergency inspections related to health and safety will continue, and are prioritized.
- 3 Toronto Employment and Social Services locations are still open. The rest are now closed. Clients will be asked COVID-19 screening questions before being allowed to come for appointments. Payments are not impacted.
- Visitors are no longer allowed at City-operated long-term care homes.
- Garbage collection continues, with the exception of yard waste. If you have put yard waste out for collection, please remove the yard waste until further notice.
- Public Health centres continue to experience a very high volume of calls. Your first point of access is encouraged to be toronto.ca/covid19
Government of Canada
- Both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the border, for recreation and tourism. Essential travel will continue. Supply chain and flow of goods will not be affected by these border restrictions.
- The deadline for individual taxpayers to file taxes has been extended to June 1st.
- For taxpayers who owe money, tax payments can be now be deferred until after August 31st (amounts that are due between today and September 1st)
- An $82-billion package has been promised by the Federal Government to provide relief to Canadian households and businesses.
- For Small Business Owners, a temporary wage subsidy for a period of 3 months will be introduced, to discourage layoffs.
- The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.
- The Emergency Care Benefit has been introduced by the Federal Government. Application will be available in April 2020.
- The Emergency Care Benefit will be introduced and will provide money every 2 weeks for up to 15 weeks, comparable to Employment Insurance amounts (approx. $900), for:
- Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits;
- Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits; and,
- Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school closures and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.
- A 6-month, interest-free moratorium will be placed on student loans.
- GST credit for low-income Canadian families will be increased in May 2020. Those eligible will receive $300, plus $150 per child.
- A temporary boost to the Canada Child Benefit in the coming months is currently in the works. It will bring approximately $2-billion in extra support.
- The Reaching Home Program for the homeless will be doubled in funding.
- Canada Post has introduced new safety measures. These include:
- No longer requesting signatures for any door deliveries.
- Safe drop process will be applied – items will be left in the mailbox or outside a door if it is safe to do so. Where it is not possible to safe drop, delivery agents will leave a notice card indicating the post office where items can be picked up by showing ID.
- For Registered, Xpresspost Certified, Proof of Identity, Proof of Age, Collect on Delivery (COD) and items where custom fees are due, these items cannot be released without a signature; a notice card indicating the post office where items can be picked up and signed off will be left.
- If you are sick or under self-isolation, please arrange for someone to pick up items at the post office for you.
Government of Ontario
- Ontario’s Telehealth system is currently experiencing some technical issues. Services have not fully resumed.
- Ontario Superior Court of Justice operations have been suspended. This includes all new trials, and will last through April 3rd. All criminal, family and civil matters scheduled to be heard on or after Tuesday, March 17th 2020 are adjourned.
- Only urgent and emergency cases will continue to be heard, including public health and safety, civil, family and criminal matters.
- The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is postponing hearings indefinitely.
- All EQAO standardized testing has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes Grades 3, 6 and 9 standardized math testing and Grade 10 literacy tests.
- All LCBO stores in Ontario will be operating on reduced hours, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Delivery options remain available but are subject to Canada Post delivery requirements.
- The 14-day self isolation for healthcare workers returning from foreign travel is mandatory; the directive will be going out shortly.
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, 1 of 4 major education unions, will suspend all strikes indefinitely.
COVID-19 更新 —— 2020年3月18日
- 3个多伦多就业和社会服务中心仍然开放。其余的现已关闭。客户将在赴约前被问及COVID-19的筛查问题。 付款则不会受到影响。
- 引入“紧急照护福利”，每两周提供一笔款项，最多15星期，与就业保险金相当（大约$ 900），为：
- 低收入家庭的GST货劳税退税将增至2020年５月。那些符合条件的将获得$300，外加每个儿童$150 。
- 对于已注册、Xpresspost 已认证、身份证明、年龄证明、货款到付(COD)及应付海关费用的物品，未经签字不得领取；快递员会留下一张通知卡，指明到某邮局签收领取物品。
- 取消2019-2020学年所有EQAO 标准化考试。这包括3年级、6年级和9年级的标准化数学测试和10年级的读写能力测试。
- 省内所有LCBO 商店的营业时间均减少，变为从上午11点到下午6点。送货方式仍然可用，但必须遵守加拿大邮政的送货要求。