I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below.
Federal Supports for Persons with Disabilities
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.
This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:
- $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.
- $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
- $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically.
You can read more on the announcement here.
Federal Government to Work with Provinces to Re-Open Economy
This morning, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the federal government is willing to make $14 billion in new funds available to support provinces to safely re-open their economies.
No agreements have yet been reached, but negotiations are expected to take place in the coming days.
Short-Term Rental Accommodations Re-Open
As of 12:01 am today, short-term rentals have been permitted to resume operations.
Lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and bed-and-breakfast rentals are all included in the reopening.
City of Toronto advises restaurants and personal service settings to prepare for safe reopening
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy.
Business owners are advised to begin preparing for reopening but are not permitted to begin operating until the revised order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is announced by the Government of Ontario and comes into effect.
You can find more information in the Mayor’s press release here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.
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