Ont. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

Domain: Care, Economy
Government:Provincial/Territorial, Ontario
Tags:Communities, Public Health, COVID-19

The Ontario government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 2020 

  • Ontario enacts declaration of emergency. Read more
  • First phase of Learn at Home launched, a new online portal that will provide resources for students and families. Read more
  • The Ontario government waives three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage and will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Read more
  • $200 million in social services relief funding to support municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals. Read more 
  • Implementation of enhanced measures to protect the safety of residents in long-term care homes. Read more
  • $3.3 billion to support front-line health care workers and increase health care capacity. Read more
  • $243 million fund will create additional surge capacity in long-term care homes, while supporting 24/7 screening, more staffing, supplies and equipment. Read more
  • $10 million to help community organizations with the coordination of subsidized deliveries of meals, medicines and other necessities to seniors. Read more
  • Temporary deferment of payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans. Read more

April 2020

  • New $50 million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies. Read more
  • $4 million to support victims of crime and protect front-line justice staff. Read more
  • Emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers. Read more
  • New measures to protect seniors in retirement homes. Read more
  • Launch of new web portal to connect workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector. Read more
  • Up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence. Read more
  • New Support for Families initiative offers direct financial support to parents while Ontario schools and child care centres remain closed. Read more
  • Deferment of $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in parts of Northern Ontario. Read more
  • Over $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities. Read more
  • Launch of a new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to plan for post-pandemic growth. Read more
  • Ontario government partners with volunteer hub to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate. Read more
  • Expanded and enhanced COVID-19 testing strategy. Read more
  • Temporary prevention of child care centres from collecting payments from parents. Read more
  • Emergency orders extended. Read more
  • Action plan and new emergency order to protect those in long-term care homes. Read more
  • New temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Read more
  • $1 million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers in the agri-food sector. Read more
  • $2.5 million to grow agri-food e-business during COVID-19. Read more
  • Release of A Framework for Reopening Our Province. Read more
  • Expansion of the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care. Read more

May 2020

  • Declaration of emergency extended. Read more
  • $1 million to help front-line agencies adapt to remote service delivery to support those experiencing gender-based violence. Read more
  • $2.25 million to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products. Read more
  • Expansion of virtual mental health services during COVID-19. Read more
  • The federal and Ontario governments take additional steps to protect agri-food workers.
  • Voluntary redeployment of education workers to fill staffing shortages. Read more
  • Ontario announces launch of an independent commission into the province’s long-term care system. Read more
  • Reduced financial barriers for full-time students attending postsecondary education. Read more
  • Amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 to better protect seniors. Read more 

June 2020

  • Resumption of family visits in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Read more
  • $15 million to support agri-food workers. Read more
  • $1 million to improve access to healthy meals and snacks for school-age children and youth. Read more
  • Up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses. Read more

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