COVID-19 News

Ontario courts to resume in-person trials starting July 6 – Toronto.com

From Toronto.com – Trials and preliminary hearings will resume across the province starting July 6 with a limited number of courtrooms, according to an update from the Ontario Court of Justice.
“All participants in a trial or preliminary inquiry, including the accused person(s), counsel and witness(es) will attend in person,

CERB payments to be extended for 2 more months – CBC News

From CBC News – The Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) is being extended by two more months, even as the government encourages people to look for jobs and to go back to work when it’s possible to do so.
CERB has provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

From the Government of Ontario – Today the government announced that it is enacting a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees who have been temporarily laid off because of COVID-19 on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave during the outbreak. This will ensure businesses aren’t forced to terminate employees after their 13 weeks of temporary layoffs have expired.

CLEO has added new information about the law and legal services during the COVID-19 situation

CLEO has added new information about the law and legal services during the COVID-19 situation.
Employment and Work:

When and how do I re-apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?
I have more than one job, can I still get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?

Income Assistance:

How will getting the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) affect my Old Age Security or Guaranteed Income Supplement?

Coronavirus: Ontario extends hydro rate relief but rates will still rise – Global News

From Global News – Ontario is extending its COVID-19 residential electricity rate relief for another five months, but the fixed price will be going up by nearly three cents per kilowatt hour.
Premier Doug Ford’s office said Saturday that hydro rates will now be a flat 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour,

mediate393 announces free online family mediation services

From mediate393 – mediate393 provides government-funded family mediation and information services in Toronto’s Superior Court of Justice (393 University Avenue, 9th floor) and two Ontario Courts of Justice (311 Jarvis St and 47 Sheppard Ave.).
In response to COVID:19, mediate393 is offerring free online family mediation in court, subsidized family mediation for anyone and free family information &

COVID-19: Eligibility rules for benefits – A new CLEO Resource

Many new benefits programs have been announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLEO’s chart helps you understand what’s available under the various programs and their eligibility rules.

For more information visit: https://stepstojustice.ca/questions/covid-19/who-can-get-canada-emergency-response-benefit-cerb-and-how-do-i-apply

Ontario’s Attorney General commits to permanent modernization for remote notarizing, commissioning (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)

From Canadian Lawyer Magazine – Attorney General Doug Downey says that some of the justice-system changes in response to COVID-19 will “absolutely” become permanent, amid positive feedback from the bar. 
“Working with our justice partners has been a very positive experience,” says Downey. “We all agree that we cannot go back to the way the system was.”
On May 12,

Emergency COVID-19 wage subsidy program extended to end of August (CBC News)

From CBC News  – The government’s emergency wage-subsidy program will be extended to the end of August to help employers keep their workers on the payroll during the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.
The program — which covers 75 per cent of an eligible company’s payroll, up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee — originally was set to expire next month.

Qualifying for the CERB can put Ontarians with disabilities in a tricky financial spot (NOW Toronto)

From Now Toronto – It’s no secret that Torontonians with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, and there’s a fear among the disabled community that they would not receive adequate treatment while in hospital.
Recently, the Ontario government has made it even more difficult for them to self-isolate and afford basic needs, even if they qualify for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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