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Dear Neighbour,
 
This afternoon, the provincial government released Ontario’s plans to fight COVID-19. The full statement is available 
here, and for those of you interested in the accompanying legislation, you can read it here
 

Below you will find a breakdown of the announcement but only focused on the key areas where there are changes.
 
It is important to note that this is only a high-level breakdown. There is a lot of information to process and analyze. In the coming days, we will look at in greater detail and provide updates on how all of this will impact us.

As you will see below, the good news is that there will no longer be cuts to public health, but rather an increase in funding. However, the biggest gap in the government’s financial statement is that it leaves out immediate help for people as it does not put money in the pockets of those who desperately need it. There is no relief for renters, no support for those who have lost their jobs/income and no real help for small and medium-sized businesses keep their heads above water.

Notwithstanding the concerns about the gaps in the approach, all parties voted in favour and passed the bill and the financial package this afternoon as the government needs to act fast. We will now press to have the government address the gaps in their plans.
 
Wash your hands. Stay home (except if you must work). Be kind. We are all in this together.
 
Warmly,

Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
Financial Statement Highlights
Health Care 
  • Substantial funding for hospitals and the health care sector (includes long term care, paramedic).
  • Funds to be increased for ventilators, personal protective equipment, testing equipment and supplies.
  • Public Health units will not face further cuts and will instead see increases.
  • A COVID-19 Contingency Fund.
  • Indigenous communities to get more funding for health care and supplies.
 
Businesses
  • Five months of interest and penalty relief to file and for the payment of provincially administered taxes.
  • Employers will be allowed to defer Workplace Safety and Insurance Board payments. 
  • Raises the Employer Health Tax exemption.
 
Municipalities 
  • More funding for social service programs aimed at vulnerable people such as emergency shelters.
  • Deferral of municipal remittance of education property tax to school boards.
  • Allows municipalities to provide property tax deferrals to residents and businesses.
 
Child Care
  • A one-time payment of $200 for every child under age 12. 
  • Parents of children with special needs will receive $250 per child.
  • 24-hour childcare for front line health care providers.
 
Other
  • Student loan re-payment has been officially suspended for six months. 
  • Guaranteed Annual Income System payments for low-income seniors will be doubled for six months.
  • Eligibility expanded for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program.
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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