Dear Neighbour,

A lot has happened today. I want to share the three key announcements.

The first key announcement is the
 mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in order to contain COVID-19 in Ontario. I fully support the directive. The unprecedented action to limit interactions is the only way to limit the spread of this virus. This closure will come into effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. Please see below for businesses that are considered essential. We expect a 1-800 phone number will be set up starting Wednesday for businesses to contact the government regarding their status.

The second key announcement is Andrea Horwath’s call for this Wednesday’s financial statement from Premier Ford to include a plan to send
 $2,000 Ontario Emergency Income cheques to households experiencing unemployment or lost income during the COVID-19 crisis and for it to be distributed to everyone who needs them by April 1 as we need to help people before rent is due and before the cupboards are empty. It would bridge the weeks-long wait for federal support payments and would help top-up the federal Employment Insurance and Emergency Care Benefit payments, which alone only replace about 55% of a person’s income. We’ve also offered our support to the Premier to help put this plan together, and enact the changes without delay. Please see below for a short summary of all the proposals. We’ve also offered our support to the Premier to help put this plan together, and enact the changes without delay. Please see below for a short summary of all the proposals.
The final announcement is that Mayor John Tory has 
declared a state of emergency in the City of Toronto. The declaration allows the Mayor to make decisions and issue directives without requiring a vote of Council.
Wash your hands. Stay home (except if you must work). Be kind. We are all in this together.


Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
Essential Businesses

The provincial government has released a list businesses deemed essential. These include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants (take-out only) and hotels
  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Taxis and other transportation providers
  • Veterinary services
  • Read the full list of essential businesses here
Summary of the emergency measures proposals
  • $2,000 Ontario Emergency Income cheques to households experiencing unemployment or lost income during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • A $250 per child emergency child benefit for households experiencing unemployment or reduced income
  • A minimum $1 billion in surge funding for hospitals
  • 100 per cent provincial funding for Public Health Units
  • A fund to provide child care for health care, public health and essential workers
  • A Personal Support Worker (PSW) retention fund 
  • Interest-free utility bill deferrals and the end of Time of Use hydro billing
  • A stabilization fund for the non-profit sector – like food banks
  • A wage-fund boost and remote-work set up a fund to support small and medium-sized businesses, which face much greater challenges now than large businesses
  • A program for ongoing income support for Ontarians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
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.
Community Office

While our office will be closing 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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