Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Daily Update - March 23rd

Daily Website Update: March 23rd, 2020

City of Toronto Declares a State of Emergency

The City of Toronto has declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as we have seen a rise in the number of identified cases in our City.

What this means?

  • This means that our Mayor John Tory can act without council voting

All Non-Essential Businesses to Close in Ontario

Today the Government has announced that they are taking the unprecedented step to close all non-essential businesses in Ontario to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Change will come into effect at 11:59PM Tuesday
  • This order will be in place for at least 14 days
  • Tomorrow (Tuesday March 24th) we will find out what exactly constitutes an “essential service”

New Provincial Funding

Provincial Government is committing $200 million dollars in relief funding that will go towards social service providers.

These include:

  • Shelters
  • Non-profits
  • Emergency services
  • Charities and non-profits

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has also made funds available for those who do not qualify for Federal support.

If you are in need of Emergency Assistance you can find out if you are eligible and apply here:



How You Can Help

Supporting Vulnerable Seniors in Toronto Community Housing

Seniors in Toronto Community Housing are a specifically vulnerable population in our community and need help collecting groceries and other essentials. If you are healthy and able to support this initiative I would encourage you to reach out to the University Health Network to sign up to volunteer.

More information is available here: http://uhnopenlab.ca/project/hotline/