COVID-19 News

Students can apply for COVID-19 emergency aid beginning Friday – CBC News

From CBC News – Post-secondary students eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid can apply for the benefit starting Friday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the date for opening the $9-billion program this morning during his daily briefing. He advised claimants to sign up for an account on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website to ensure the process moves as quickly as possible.

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,

Do I have the right to refuse work? Your COVID-19 questions answered (CBC News)

From CBC News: We’re breaking down what you need to know about the pandemic by answering your questions. You can send us your questions via email at and we’ll answer as many as we can. We’ll publish a selection of answers every weekday on our website, and we’re also putting some of your questions to the experts on the air during 

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.”
“As we continue to move through we started moving into the 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,

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,

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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Ontario Court of Justice COVID-19 Notices and Updates (Updated May 4, 2020)

From Ontario Court of Justice  – The Ontario Court of Justice will not be returning to full operations on May 29, 2020.  No trials or preliminary inquiries will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest, unless a judge seized with a continuing matter orders otherwise. This applies to criminal, family and 

As businesses in Ontario reopen they’ll need to follow these rules (Toronto Star)

From The Toronto Star – There will be a new way of doing business once things begin to reopen.
Premier Doug Ford and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton unveiled scores of new rules and regulations that businesses will have to abide by once health officials deem it safe to reopen.
“This is important now and will be just as important as our economy begins to reopen,” McNaughton said Thursday
“I’m announcing an additional 58 people will be joining our provincial labour inspectors … starting this week.

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