COVID-19: What You Should Know

Here are some basic facts about the virus, from Public Health Ontario

Here is Guidance for Employers to address workplace safety during the pandemic

Here is Guidance for Vulnerable Sector Service Providers on how to work with highly vulnerable people during the pandemic and some basic screening tools and tips on PPE use

Since we’re meeting less and going online more, here are some Tips for Going Virtual with your activities and events as well as some tech guidance

Information about financial supports include:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit applications (and more details) are at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html or for those offline, calling 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 as well as a full overview of the Federal programs here.

Support for OW and ODSP recipients
OW and ODSP recipients will continue to get benefits even if they don’t report on their income, and they will have extended access to emergency funds, as outlined below.

Emergency Funds
In addition to OW and ODSP recipients, now all low-income families have access to discretionary funds to address emergency needs, and those funds can cover people’s needs for up to 48 days, with the potential to renew the support afterward, even within the same year. Applications can be made online through the MCCSS web site, using the blue emergency assistance button. 

Automatic One-Time Supplements
Low and modest-income individuals and families will receive a one-time special payment in early May through the Goods and Services Tax credit.

Families will receive a one-time top-up of $300 per child in the May payment of their Canada Child Benefit and can receive a one-time payment of $200 per child ($250 for children with special needs) from the Ontario Government.

Students 
The provincial government is temporarily suspending loan repayments and interest payments for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) between March 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020

The federal government is expanding the Summer Jobs Program and extending the duration of the program to February.

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