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Dear Neighbour,

There are a lot of updates from all levels of government and so it is likely that you may have missed some smaller announcements that may impact you and your loved ones. I have compiled a list of announcements from the provincial government. You can read them below.

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has started a community-building initiative to thank health care workers and those on the frontlines. 
Please join me, your neighbours, and people across Ontario in thanking front line works by making some noise everyday at 7:30 PM wherever you are! 

Wash your hands. Stay home, if you can. Be kind. We are all in this together.

Warmly

Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
Smaller Announcements

COVID-19 Self Assessment

  • Ontario has launched a self-assessment tool. If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history. This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner.

Service Ontario

  • The validity period has been extended for Driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario Health Cards and associated materials that are expired or expiring soon. Expiring and expired health cards will continue to provide access to health services.
  • Three month OHIP wait waived for Canadians returning to Ontario. 
  • Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. 

Education

  • The provincial government is providing new supports for elementary and high school students learning from home during the school shutdown. You can visit ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home for tools to help students practice math. I recognize that this does not meet everyone’s needs.
  • EQAO tests are cancelled for 2019-2020, including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test. The literacy requirement for students graduating in the 2019-20 school year has also been waived.

Ontario Energy Board (Hydro)

  • The Ontario Energy board has put in place a ban on disconnecting energy services for non-payment for all residential customers until July 31, 2020, effective immediately. Low-volume, small business customers will now also be protected by the ban. In addition, the OEB is calling on distributors to be more flexible on arrears payment arrangements.  Unfortunately, this protection against disconnection does not apply to customers of sub-metering companies – normally apartment building tenants and condo residents, which is a problem. 

OSAP

  • The provincial government has announced that Ontario will soon join the federal government in freezing student loan repayment. Note: This has yet to become official.

Ontario Courts
There are changes taking place across the justice system

  • The Superior Court of Justice has suspended all regular court operations until further notice, while continuing to hear urgent matters during this emergency period.
  • All sittings of the Small Claims Court in Ontario are suspended until further notice. 
  • The Ontario Court of Justice has established procedures to reduce the number of people who attend court in-person for criminal and family matters. All non-urgent matters have been adjourned.
  • All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled up to and including April 3, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. Tickets, fines or other court business may be handled online. 
  • The Court of Appeal has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. During this period, urgent appeals will be heard based on either the written materials or remotely.
Reminder: For the most up-to-date information and contact information for Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada please visit my website here.
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Tel: 416-763-5630
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Email: bkarpoche-co@ndp.on.ca

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