Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Daily Update - Coronavirus - March 24, 2020

Published on March 24, 2020

Dear Community,

Tonight at 11:59PM we will see a full shut down of all services that have been deemed ‘non-essential’ by our Provincial government. I want you to know that I have heard the voice of our community loud and clear that there are some questions that must be asked about some of the services on the list. Especially looking at things like car sales and residential construction – we could certainly trim this list down further.

I will be raising those questions with my caucus and the government as we look to see that we are doing everything we can as a community to work towards flattening the curve and making sure that we get through this pandemic as quickly as possible.

Finally, I want to send my sincere thanks to those on the front line right now, fighting to keep our community safe. You are real heroes and the importance of the sacrifices you’re making right now cannot be overstated.

Our community stands firmly with you.

Stay strong,

Jill Andrew

 

Provincial Government Releases Essential Services List

Yesterday, the government announced that all non-essential businesses are to close for a period of 14 days starting tonight (March 24th) at 11:59PM. I am urging the Provincial government to set up a hotline for businesses to double check if they fit on this list, as some of the descriptions leave room for interpretation.

If you are unsure, I would urge you always to lean towards caution.

For a full list of services deemed essential click here:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

 

Hydro Rates Reduced

For the next 45 days all hydro will be billed at the off peak rate. This can mean a savings of up to 50% over typical peak pricing.

For the full breakdown from the Provincial government click here:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

 

Long Term Care Facilities Given New Powers

Long term care facilities have been granted new powers to ensure that they are able to provide a full complement of care to our most vulnerable during the COVID pandemic.

These powers include:

  • Redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities of the health service provider;
  • Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments;
  • Deferring or cancelling vacations, absences or other leaves, regardless of whether such vacations, absences or leaves are established by statute, regulation, agreement or otherwise;
  • Using volunteers to perform work, including to perform bargaining unit work; and
  • Providing appropriate training or education as needed to staff and volunteers to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.

Full details here:

https://news.ontario.ca/mltc/en/2020/03/ontario-implements-enhanced-measures-to-protect-the-safety-of-residents-in-long-term-care-homes.html