COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

Coronavirus: Ontario invests $12M into mental health supports amid COVID-19 pandemic

From Global News - The Ontario government announced an investment of $12 million into virtual mental health supports amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement alongside Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Michael Tibollo at Queen’s Park Thursday afternoon.

Coronavirus: Ontario AG announces funds to support victims of crime during pandemic

From Global News -  Ontario’s Attorney General announced $4 million to support victims of crime and frontline staff who “uphold the administration of justice” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Doug Downey said $2.7 million will go to support services that help victims of domestic violence and other crimes that happen during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario Human Rights Commission issues a policy on human rights obligations during COVID-19

From the Ontario Human Rights Commission: Today the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a policy statement to guide all levels of government to adopt a human rights-based approach to managing policy, legal, regulatory, public health and emergency-related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more at: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/our_work/COVID-19

Ontario Government updates on emergency orders for COVID-19 (Update from March 31, 2020)

From the Government of Ontario - Update on March 31 - In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people at home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and emergency orders to April 13. These orders include the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings and events, among others.

Ontario Government - News Release Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

From the Government of Ontario - People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better protect people during this COVID-19 outbreak.