COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

Civil liberties group warns of 'invasion of privacy' after Ontario gives police COVID-19 test data

From CBC News -  A Canadian civil liberties organization is sounding the alarm on what it says is "an extraordinary invasion of privacy" after Ontario moved to provide police forces with the personal information of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 — including names, addresses and dates of birth.

Trudeau announces $9B in financial aid for students struggling because of pandemic

From CBC News - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $9 billion in financial aid for post-secondary students in response to claims that too many young people were falling through the cracks in existing COVID-19 support programs.

Students will be eligible for $1,250 a month from May through August. That sum can go up to $1,750 if the student is caring for a dependent or has a disability.

The benefit is available also to students who have jobs but are making less than $1,000 a month.

Ontario to allow people on social assistance to keep part of emergency benefits

From Niagara Falls Review - Ontarians on social assistance who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 will be allowed to keep a portion of federal income support being offered to most other Canadian workers struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.

"These are unprecedented, and uncertain times, especially for individuals receiving social assistance," Todd Smith, provincial minister for children, families and social assistance, said in an email to the Star on Monday.

Ontario Offers Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Staff

From the Government of Ontario - The Ontario government is expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care. This will help additional frontline staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. An emergency order was issued which will offer support to those providing a variety of critical services including people who assist vulnerable communities, emergency response and law enforcement sector staff, more health and safety workers, and certain federal employees.

The announcement was made today by Premier Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.