COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

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. 

Anxious about COVID-19 and returning to work? Here's what you need to know (CBC News)

From CBC News - With more businesses reopening, some employees are anxious about going back to work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, worried their health could be at risk and wondering if they have any rights not to return.

In southern Alberta, for example, the union for workers at the meat processing plant Cargill have been trying to stop its reopening, saying that the vast majority of employees fear returning. (Nearly half of the company's 2,000 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.)

Canada Child Benefit Increases $300 Per Child For May (HuffPost)

From HuffPost - Parents who receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will notice an extra $300 per child on their regular May payment.

The government said it’s a one-time increase to help parents alleviate any additional financial costs brought on by the impacts of COVID-19.

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