March 30 2020 – COVID-19 Updates — 应对COVID-19每日更新 ─ 2020 年 3 月 30日
COVID-19 Updates – March 30 2020
Last week, I called for donations of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to our frontline workers. I want to thank the community businesses and stakeholders that stepped forward and provided donations to these workers. I had the pleasure of taking two truckloads of PPE to our Toronto Paramedics. We thank them for their service. As I understand, the PPE drive for the Doctors of Scarborough Health Network was also a success.
To the frontline workers that have been affected by COVID-19: our prayers and best wishes are with you and your families.
During this critical time, the Scarborough Health Network continues to call for financial, medical equipment and PPE supply assistance during this time. If you are interested in donating to the Scarborough Health Network, please visit their website at: http://www.shnfoundation.ca/covidfund.
City of Toronto
- The City of Toronto continues to receive many complaints regarding violation of orders to stay away from City parks amenities. Those who continue to use parks amenities at this time will be charged a minimum $750 and maximum $5000 fine.
- Mayor Tory has asked businesses that are still open to accommodate TTC operators along their routes for bathroom breaks.
- The City of Toronto has contracted 5 hotels, with a total of 650 rooms, to provide shelter for the homeless population. 2 of these hotel sites are already in use.
- A further 5 hotels with approximately 500 rooms in total are in the process of being secured to house the homeless population.
- Members of the homeless population have also been re-housed in Toronto Community Housing units. 19 units were occupied this week and 50 additional housing units have been identified.
- City staff continues to look for vacant sites for the homeless population and are also looking for potential sites for permanent housing to help with affordable housing shortage once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
- Applications for Ontario Works financial assistance will continue online and through the City’s Application and Support Centre from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Application and Support Centre will be accessible by phone only at 416-338-8888 or 1-888-465-4478 (toll free)
- There have been changes to Ontario Works payment methods and in-person payment pick-ups at Ontario Works offices. Please check the following link for changes to payment dates and payment pick-up: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=employment-and-social-services
- 3 Ontario Works offices are currently open:
- Metro Hall Employment & Social Services (214 Wellington St. W., 416-392-2600)
- Scarborough Village Employment & Social Services (3660 Kingston Rd., 416-392-2800)
- York Humber Employment & Social Services (605 Rogers Rd., 416-392-6200)
Government of Ontario
- Government of Ontario is strongly recommending that individuals over the age of 70 self-isolate given the greater risk of severe outcomes due to COVID-19
- Seek services over the phone or internet from family, friends or neighbours with essential errands
- If you are self-isolating, monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after returning and contact your primary care provider or Telehealth if you experience symptoms of COVID-19
- The Ontario government is working with businesses, volunteer organizations and non-profits to make it easier for Ontario seniors to self-isolate and practice physical distancing by ensuring they can receive the support they need to stay safe.
- The government is investing $10 million to help community organizations with the coordination of subsidized deliveries of meals, medicines and other necessities to seniors and is working with grocers and pharmacists to prioritize seniors’ delivery orders and establish senior-only shopping hours
- The government is working with province-wide organizations like Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) to identify and mobilize potential volunteer supports and expand the use of innovative technologies in the community to address social isolation
Government of Canada
- For businesses to qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: revenues must have decreased by at least 30% due to COVID19, no minimal number of employees, applies to non-profit organizations and charities. The federal government will cover 75% of wages on the first $58,000 of salary ($847 a week) for employees of such companies.
- This upcoming week is very critical in the fight against COVID19, Canadians must practice social distancing and stay home
- Federal government ensures that the Armed Forces are ready to be deployed to any part of the country
应对COVID-19每日更新 ─ 2020 年 3 月 30日
- Metro Hall就业和社会服务处（Wellington 西街214号，416-392-2600）
- Scarborough Village就业与社会服务处（Kingston 路3660号，416-392-2800）
- York Humber就业与社会服务处（Rogers 路605号，416-392-6200）