We’re now over a week into social distancing and I want to thank so many members of our community for taking up the call and staying at home as much as they can. I know it isn’t easy but maintaining our physical distance from one another right now is of vital importance. Now, while we cannot be physically close with one another – that doesn’t mean that we cannot be social. In fact, in this these uncharted waters, we need each other now more than ever.
It’s an honour to represent a community that has come together in such an incredible way so quickly.
From the neighbours on Gormley who have formed a group to check in on the seniors in their community, to the many volunteers who are flocking to the organizations that will support our most vulnerable right now – this community will stand with one another against COVID and that could not make me more filled with pride.
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 does this mean?
- 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.
- 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/