MPP Mitzie Hunter June 1 6:00 PM COVID-19 Update

  • Community Update

Friends, 
 
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  
 
Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below. 

Pop-Up Testing Centres in Scarborough 
 
In partnership with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health, Scarborough Health Network is opening Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough locations to increase access to COVID-19 testing for our community. 
 
A pop-up testing centre will be available on Tuesday, June 2 from 9am – 5pm at Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Rd. 
 
For more information on pop-up clinics, click here

Prime Minister announces Support to Help Communities 
 
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities. 
 
This means that $2.2 billion in annual federal infrastructure funding for communities will be delivered in one payment in June.  Early delivery of the full funding for 2020-21 will help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects that will help restart local economies. 

Communities have flexibility to use the funding to meet their local needs. Projects could include access to high-speed broadband, improvements to water and road systems, and the building of cycling and walking paths. 
 
For more information on pop-up clinics, click here.

Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave 

Today, the province extended the infectious disease emergency leave for workers to include non-unionized employees. This will ensure businesses aren’t forced to terminate employees after their Employment Standards Act temporary layoff periods have expired. 

Time of Use Electricity Rates Extended​  

The province will introduce a fixed electricity price, known as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate, of 12.8 cents per kWh, which will be automatically applied to all time-of-use customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This fixed electricity price will be in place from June 1 – October 31, 2020.   

More information on the COVID-19 Recovery Rate, and government’s plan to build an electricity system that works for the people of this province, will be announced at the Premier’s daily briefing on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST 

For more information click here.

Province to allow Drive-in Movie Theatres 

Drive-in movie theatres that were in existence before May 29, 2020 will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in order to help support communities and local businesses recover from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The government is also allowing batting cages to open so that people can start to enjoy outdoor seasonal activities at safe physical distances. These changes will be effective on May 31, 2020. 

Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords 

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, has launched Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small business where Ontario Commercial landlords can apply for urgent rent assistance 

All commercial landlords in Ontario can now apply for rental assistance to help their small business tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To find out how much rent support you may be eligible for, visit Ontario.ca/rentassistance

Public Health Information 

You can find the latest public health information online at the following sources: 

As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it.  

My constituency office remains closed to walk-in visitors for the time being, but we are accessible by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance. 

Be safe, 

Mitzie 

For previous updates, click here