COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

Federal government announces up to $500 in aid for seniors struggling because of COVID-19 (CBC News)

From CBC News - The federal government announced a one-time payment of up to $500 to help seniors struggling financially because of COVID-19, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to help find long-term solutions to address the tragedies unfolding in long-term care facilities.

Seniors Minister Deb Schulte said today that seniors who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be eligible for a one-time, tax-free payment of $300, and those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will get an extra $200.

Ontario will soon collect COVID-19 patients about race and socio-economic (CP24) status

From CP24 - Ontario health officials say they will soon be collecting race-based and socio-economic information from COVID-19 patients.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said that while their primary concern up until a few weeks ago was tracing contact cases from people travelling abroad, they are now seeing more cases popping up in “congregate settings.”

Coronavirus: Ontario hydro rate relief extended until May 31 (Global News)

From Global News - The Ontario government says it is extending electricity rate relief for residences, farms and small businesses until May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Customers will continue to be billed at the lowest price, called the “off-peak” rate, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the government said.

Electricity relief was first announced on March 24 for 45 days and was set to expire this week.

Ontario extends all COVID-19 emergency orders past Victoria Day (CTV News)

From CTV News - The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders in the province until May 19.

The emergency order, first introduced on March 17, includes the closure of non-essential businesses and prohibits public gatherings of more than five people.

The province said on Wednesday it extended the emergency orders following advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.