Here are today’s new developments:
- The C.D. Howe Institute says Canada has hit recession status.
- Though rent is due today, many residential tenants, and their advocates, say Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) simply won’t help them. -- the NDP say people need an 80 per cent rent subsidy, and mandated protection from evictions.
- Many commercial tenants say Canada's commercial rent relief program, which Doug Ford has been touting, will not actually help them, as their landlords are unwilling to adopt the new rent assistance measures -- the NDP's proposal of a 75 per cent provincial rent subsidy would make sure direct payments go directly to tenants.
- As of Monday, a number of mostly seasonal businesses will be allowed to open back up -- the NDP has called on the government to provide clear rules, not simply guidelines, to ensure peoples' lives are not put at risk.
- The Ontario Health Coalition has launched an online campaign today, calling on Doug Ford to fix Ontario's long-term care sector -- their asks include immediately improving access to PPE for health workers, and increasing wages and working conditions for staff, things the NDP has also been urging the government to provide.
Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement marking International Workers’ Day and First Responders’ Day thanks the workers who are keeping our province running, and stresses that many of them are among the lowest paid in our society.
“Let’s make sure they get the wages and working conditions they’ve always deserved. And let’s make sure they’re never taken for granted again,” said Horwath.
- As Ontario contemplates reopening the economy, the NDP is calling on the Ford government’s Labour Minister to strengthen protections for workers who refuse to do unsafe work -- as reported by the Toronto Star, over 200 workers fearful of contracting COVID-19 at their workplace filed work refusals, yet the Ministry of Labour has not upheld a single one.
- The NDP is reiterating its call for Doug Ford to take urgent actions to protect Ontarians with disabilities and ensure they get through the pandemic safely, including a plan to conduct in-home testing for people with disabilities, and ensuring home care workers have proper PPE--so far, the Ford government has been silent on the issue.
Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:
- With rent due today, commercial tenants are worried about being able to keep the lights on. The NDP has renewed its call for Ford to provide desperately-needed commercial rent relief.
- Many residential tenants are unable to pay rent this month, and are terrified of being evicted -- the NDP has been calling for an 80 per cent rent subsidy for tenants, plus a legislated ban on evictions.
- Aaron Cappel Music is providing free singing classes for families on through Facebook on Wednesdays and Sundays at 11am. Click here to go to his Facebook page to tune in!