Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Daily Update - Coronavirus - March 30, 2020

Published on March 30, 2020

Dear Community,

As we begin a new week, I want to thank everyone who stayed in over the weekend. I know the weather was good but we can’t be tempted and lose sight of the vital task of physically distancing ourselves from one another.

I want to start with a frank reminder: We all need to follow the rules.

While the vast majority of our community has been cooperative, I want to take a second to remind everyone that we must follow the rules and not go to dog parks, playgrounds, or any of the other facilities that are now closed. 

These rules are put in place by our medical health officials to ensure we have the best fighting chance to flatten the curve. 

While, this is an inconvenience for many – closing these spaces will save lives.

We’re in this together – and we’re going to get through this together.

Stay strong,

Jill Andrew

If you have a positive story from our community OR a virtual event you're hosting that you want amplified, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca

 

 

 

I want to reach out to everyone who is renting here in Toronto-St. Paul’s, residential or commercial. Today, alongside our Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and my colleagues – I am demanding real financial support for tenants.

Our demands include an 80% rent subsidy UP TO $2500.00 for everyone who has lost income due to COVID-19, a six -month rent freeze and an immediate halt to evictions, disconnections and threats of evictions or disconnections.

Sign the petition here:
www.jillandrewmpp.ca/support_tenants  

 

Daily Updates

Wage Subsidy Details

Today the federal government announced further details regarding the newly increased wage subsidy being offered to small and medium sized businesses. In order to qualify, businesses must have seen at least a 30% drop in their revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Businesses that see a 30% drop in revenue due to the pandemic will be eligible for the 75% subsidy.

For more information:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-covid19-business-supports-1.5514558
 
Housing for the Homeless
The City of Toronto has secured five hotels with five more on the way as well as two vacant rental buildings. These units will be used to enable our shelter system to better maintain physical distancing protocols and hopefully slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information:
https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/03/29/toronto-homeless-coronavirus-hotels/
 
State of Emergency Extended and Gatherings Now Limited to Five People
The Government of Ontario has extended the state of Emergency another two weeks and is also using the powers under the Quarantine Act to now further reduce the maximum gathering size to five.
The exceptions to this are for private households of five or more and for those who operate child care centres for front line personnel. Funerals will be allowed up to 10 people.

For more information:
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-prohibits-gatherings-of-five-people-or-more-with-strict-exceptions
 
Price Gouging
We continue to hear reports of price gouging. While the vast majority of businesses are following the rules and working diligently to be community partners, we have heard some reports of price gouging.

If you witness or experience price gouging – please contact my office at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca.