COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis

From CBC News - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more help for small and medium-sized businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, including a 75 per cent wage subsidy and guaranteed interest-free loans.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-covid19-mar27-business-1.5512151

Guaranteed Annual Income System payments for low-income seniors will be doubled for six months

On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government announced a temporary top-up to payments made through the Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS). Beginning in April 2020, monthly GAINS payment amounts will be doubled for a period of six months. This action will provide additional and immediate financial support to low-income Ontario seniors who may need more help to cover essential expenses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Law Society of Ontario launches emergency family law referral phone line

From the Law Society of Ontairo - In response to COVID-19, as an interim measure, with support from the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society has launched an emergency family law referral telephone line to provide assistance to people who are self-represented (SRLs) and who are trying to determine whether or not their family court matter meets the criteria to be heard by the Court on an “urgent” basis and, if so, how to proceed in making their request.