Novel Coronavirus

Ontario Strengthening Victim Services in Response to COVID-19

Attorney General Doug Downey today announced emergency action to support victims of crime and protect front-line staff who continue to uphold the administration of justice in response to COVID-19. The government of Ontario is providing an emergency payment of more than $2.7 million to support services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes during the COVID-19 crisis. “Staying ...

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Launch on April 6

The Government of Canada is continuing to take strong, immediate and effective action to support Canadians impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that Canadians ...

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Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better ...

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Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff. This extension is being made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Today’s announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Ross Romano, ...

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Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement in response to COVID-19: “The Government of Ontario continues to take decisive action to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help contain its spread and to protect the public. This has involved some unprecedented measures, and I know many of you continue to undertake great ...

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Ontario Enabling Students to Complete the Academic Year, Offering Loan Payment Deferrals and Financial Support for Institutions

The government of Ontario is easing the financial burden on students and making sure they can complete their studies during the COVID-19 outbreak by temporarily deferring payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans and making online learning supports, including year-end exams, available to postsecondary institutions. “During this unprecedented period, it is important to help students and current borrowers, so ...

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Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational ...

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L’Ontario protège les consommateurs contre l’augmentation abusive du prix des produits de première nécessité

Le premier ministre Ford a annoncé de nouvelles sanctions visant à lutter contre les pratiques d’augmentation abusive du prix des produits de première nécessité, à amener les contrevenants à répondre de leurs actes, et à protéger les Ontariens, les Ontariennes et leur famille face à la COVID-19. Le gouvernement a émis un décret d’urgence qui entre en vigueur immédiatement et ...

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Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging

Premier Doug Ford announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. Effective immediately, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods. Individual offenders can face a ...

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Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19

the Government of Ontario is implementing a new emergency order to ensure that staffing and resources are available to help care for and protect long-term care residents during the COVID-19 crisis. These temporary measures provide further flexibility for long-term care homes and allow homes to redirect their staffing and financial resources to essential tasks. In addition, the Ministry of Long-Term ...

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First Case of COVID-19 in Thunder Bay District

March 27, 2020 – Today, Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU), confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the TBDHU region. A male in his sixties who resides in Thunder Bay is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 for TBDHU. His spouse is considered a probable case. The couple had recently returned ...

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Ontario Provides $3.3 Billion More to Increase Health Care Capacity

The Ontario government is providing an additional $3.3 billion to support frontline health care workers and increase health care capacity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding will allow the province to take immediate action to increase the number of assessment centres, add more acute care and critical care beds, improve testing and provide more protective equipment for frontline ...

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Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses

The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province. “During this unprecedented period of uncertainty and hardship, our government is ...

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