I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Ontario’s Economic and Fiscal Update
Today, I joined with my colleagues to pass the Economic and Fiscal Update. In lieu of a full budget, the update provides a one-year spending plan that will allow the province to be flexible in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The update included a $3.3 billion funding increase to healthcare, 2/3 of which will go directly to pandemic response measures including funding for long term care, PPE, and testing capacity.
The update also includes $10 billion in tax deferrals targeted at business, a 6-month moratorium on OSAP payments, and a one-time payment of $200 per child under 12 to households, and $250 per child with special needs.
You can read the Economic and Fiscal Update here.
You can read my statement on the update here.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new income support that will replace the previously announced emergency benefits. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide $2000 a month for up to 4 months for those who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information about the benefit here. Stay tuned for details on how to apply.
Many Scarborough residents have contacted my office with questions regarding essential and non-essential workplaces. You can find the Government of Ontario’s list of essential workplaces here. The government has launched a hotline for questions regarding essential vs. nonessential workplaces. The hotline is available from Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 1-888-444-3659.
Kids Learning from Home
The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club has online resources for students learning at home during the extended school closure. You can find the resources here.
Scarborough Health Network (SHN) PPE Drive
Our healthcare workers at Scarborough Health Network need large amounts of various personal protective equipment (PPE) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. SHN are partnering with vets, dentists, police, and others to secure more PPE but the need continues to grow.
If you or your business has PPE supplies that could help keep SHN workers and patients safe, please email PPEdonations@SHN.ca.
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 email@example.com during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.
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