Dear Neighbour,

The school year has come to an end and I’d like to congratulate all of the graduates who have achieved this milestone despite the unprecedented circumstances. From the school strikes to the COVID-19 crisis, this has been a school year like none other. 

While it was a challenging year for all, it should not take away from the achievements of students. I am very proud that everyone rose to the occasion and did their best to support each other during these trying times. Our students were able to succeed also because of the dedication from parents whose teaching duties expanded well beyond the usual homework help over the past few months.

With graduation comes new beginnings, whether that means entering high school, starting an apprenticeship, going to university/college, or joining the workforce. I wish all of our graduates the best in their future endeavours. While much remains uncertain in the face of the pandemic, our students can count on the support of the entire community to overcome any obstacles which may lie ahead.

I have prepared a special letter for Grade 12 students, which you can show or print at home for your graduate and can be found

As well, normally we would have been celebrating Pride and Canada Day in person over the next few days. While that is not possible this year, I hope everyone finds a way to celebrate with the various online celebrations, within their own social bubbles or in a safe and physically distanced gathering outdoors.

You can find other provincial updates below.

As always, wash your hands, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when needed, be kind.


Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park

PS. As we move into the summer, and as the COVID-19 announcements are becoming less frequent, I will be changing the frequency of my email to weekly. I look forward to keeping you apprised of the latest information on COVID-19.
State of Emergency Extension
The Ontario government has once again extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020. This extension was approved by the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday and provides the province with continued flexibility to dictate emergency orders that will facilitate the re-opening plan.
Stage Two Re-opening

All public health units in Ontario have now progressed to Stage Two of reopening, with two local exceptions. The towns of Leamington and Kingsville will remain in Stage One as they continue to deal with the effects of workplace outbreaks on farms with migrant workers.

Migrant Farm Workers

The NDP has called on Premier Ford to use all the tools available to solve the migrant worker crisis in Windsor-Essex. The outbreaks on farms have already led to the avoidable deaths of migrant workers. Our proposals are as follows:

  • Rapidly expand testing by deploying mobile testing units directly to farms to test all workers, whether or not they have symptoms, and protecting workers from facing any repercussions from getting tested
  • Provide proper accommodations for workers who need to isolate to replace the bunkhouses where physical distancing is impossible
  • Develop a long-term plan for the farming and food processing sector that ensures migrant workers have safe working and living conditions, and avoids any disruptions to the food supply chain in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 in the future
Long-Term Care Summit

The Ontario NDP will be hosting a virtual summit on Long-Term Care on July 2 at 7 pm. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up here.

Other Provincial Updates
  • Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Francophone Community Grants Program. This program is designed to help businesses and non-profit organizations who serve French-speaking Ontarians. Some operating budget thresholds have been lowered to account for the effects of COVID-19, full details available here.
  • The Ontario government has committed an additional $4M to the Seniors Community Grants Program compared to last year. The additional funding will help non-profit organizations, local service boards, and Indigenous groups to deliver programming which promotes seniors’ safety and combats social isolation. Full details available here.
  • The 2020 Youth Opportunities Fund will invest $13M in community organizations serving children and youth across Ontario. 
  • The NDP has called on Premier Ford to require major grocery chains to reinstate pandemic pay for workers.
Reminder: For the most up-to-date information please visit Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Contact information is available on my website here.
Community Office
While our office is closed to the public as part of our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. 

Phone: 416-763-5630
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