I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe.
As the summer winds down, please join me on Saturday, August 22 for a special, socially-distanced event for the whole family, “Ice Cream for Books”. My office has partnered with The Reading Partnership to provide a free sweet treat and free books for children aged 2-14.
Date: August 22, 2020
Location: 90 Mornelle Court (Basketball Court)
Masks are required for this walk-through event. Please register here.
If you have any events, updates, or stories from your neighbourhood that you’d like to share, please get in touch!
Mitzie in the Legislature
Mitzie on the Move
Centennial College 3D Printing Lab Site Visit
Boys and Girls Club – Back 2 Books Event
Carpenter’s Union Skilled Trades Outreach
Muslim Welfare Centre – Fill a Backpack Event
Toronto Zoo Birthday Bash
Federal Government Extending CERB, Expanding Benefits
Today, the federal government announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits. They also announced that in preparation for this transition and to ensure support continues for Canadians whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. This means that for the many Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits at the end of August, they will now be able to access an additional month of support.
To support Canadians still looking for work, the government will transition people who have been receiving the CERB to a more flexible and generous EI program for those who qualify, which will provide them additional features and tools to get back into the workforce.
To give Canadians seeking employment the support they need to get back on their feet, the government is making changes to the EI program. EI will now be available to more Canadians, including those who would not have qualified for EI in the past, adding more than 400,000 people into the program.Those receiving EI will be eligible for a taxable benefit rate of at least $400 per week, or $240 per week for extended parental benefits, and regular benefits will be accessible for a minimum duration of 26 weeks.
The government will continue to work with provinces and territories to ensure Canadians receiving EI benefits have access to skills training and employment supports, to help them get back to work.
The government will also freeze the EI insurance premium rates for two years, so Canadian workers and businesses will not face immediate increases to costs and payroll deductions due to the additional expenses resulting from the pandemic.
Additionally, to ensure Canadians receive the support they need during these challenging times, the federal government is proposing to implement three new benefits:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support and who are available and looking for work. This benefit will support Canadians whose income has dropped or not returned due to COVID-19. The benefit will allow Canadians to earn more income while on claim as well as include links to Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service, with career planning tools for those seeking employment. In addition, the government will be working with provinces and territories to share information to ensure that Canadians have access to tools and training opportunities to successfully return to the workforce.
- The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for:
- a child under age 12 due to the closures of schools or daycares because of COVID-19.
- a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
- a child, a family member with a disability, or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19.
The federal government intends to introduce new legislation to support the implementation of the new benefits.
You can read the full announcement here.
MPP Community Event: Ice Cream for Books
Coming Soon: Scarborough-Guildwood Education Town Hall
Boys and Girls Club Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru Hot Lunch
The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club will be providing a free hot lunch in the parking lot of their club tomorrow.
Date: Friday August 21
Location: 100 Galloway Road
Photography Contest: Scarborough’s New View
The City of Toronto and Scarborough Arts are calling upon new and experienced photographers to take their best photos of people, places and things in Scarborough.
From now until September 30, contestants are encouraged to post their photos to Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #scarboroughphoto to enter. Contestants can enter more than once for their chance to win. Scarborough’s New View photography contest has been made possible with the support of Scarborough Arts, Ontario Arts Council and XVXY Photo. Contest details are available at toronto.ca/photo-laureate and scarborougharts.com/anewview
We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at email@example.com.