Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Daily Update - March 19th

MPP Jill Andrew Daily Bulletin – March 19, 2020

INFORMATION ACCURATE TO MARCH 19 AT 4:30PM

Today the Ontario Legislature returned in a skeleton form to pass two pieces of emergency Legislation.

The first piece of Legislation will allow our City Council’s across Ontario to meet remotely, so that they can continue to do the work that they need to safely.

Second, the Ontario government has passed an amendment to the Employment Standards Act that mandates employees cannot be forced to produce a sick note to miss work, and implementing expanded protections for workers who need to miss work.

Meanwhile, the Federal government has begun to unveil the framework of their financial aid package – including where you can apply for funds should you be in need.

You can find the details on how to apply for EI here: Employment Insurance (EI): https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html

More information on Federal supports: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Supporting_Canadian_Business

Canada-U.S. Border Closure

It has been announced that the Canada-U.S. border will be closing to all non-essential travel, likely starting Friday night into Saturday morning. 

What this means:
  • If you are a Canadian resident returning home - you will still be able to cross the border. 
  • Trade will also continue, and commercial vehicles will be able to cross the border.
  • This means that you will no longer be able to cross the border for any recreational or tourist purpose.