COVID-19 Update - Day #100Published on June 25, 2020
Today marks 100 days since Premier Doug Ford first declared a state of emergency, on March 17. Thanks to our collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 since then, the growth of cases in Peel Region, and across Ontario, has been dramatically reduced. Thanks to you, we're ready to proceed to the next phase of our recovery, starting now.
Still, it's more important than ever to continue following the advice of our public health experts, including:
- "Do your part, stay apart": stay at least two metres away from people outside your household or social circle.
- Wear a mask when it's difficult to maintain your physical distance from people who are not in your household or social circle.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Stay at home and self-isolate if you become sick.
- A Drive-By Parade to celebrate America's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner Roberta Battaglia, on Sunday, June 28, at 1:30pm. Meet us at J.C. Saddington Park in Port Credit.
- A Seniors' Virtual Party, including a special guest performance by JUNO nominee Carlo Coppola, on Monday, June 29, at 11am.
See below for further details.
I am very thankful to everyone who has reached out to me to provide donations of food, supplies, and personal protective equipment for those who need it most. If you have products or ideas that you can contribute, I want to hear from you! Find out how you can help at Ontario Together.
For the latest information from the Province, including how to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19, please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus. If you or your family develop symptoms, please use our Self-Assessment Tool to help determine how to seek further care. You may also call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, or Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, if you need any other information, or if there’s ever anything else my staff and I can do to assist you through this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact us.
While my community office remains closed to in-person visits at this time, you can contact us by phone at 905-274-8228 from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm, or anytime by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of materials to support your child learning from home.
Eligible parents will receive a one-time, per-child payment of:
- $200 for children aged 0 to 12
- $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
Please note that if you have more than one child, you must submit one application per child.
For more information, and to apply, please visit: Ontario.ca/SupportForFamilies
You may also be eligible for up to $60 per child, for each day they could not attend school due to a labour disruption.
However, you must apply by Friday, June 26, if you have not done so already, at Ontario.ca/SupportForParents.
At the same time, we have acted to prevent child care operators from charging parents for services that weren't being provided.
We're also supporting families with a new fixed recovery rate of 12.8 cents/kWh for electricity, 24/7, until November 1.
My team has prepared and delivered thousands of meals to our frontline health care heroes across the GTA, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Birchmount Hospital in Scarborough, and many more. Thanks to Danesh Irani at the Oasis Convention Centre, Vishal Khanna at Sai Dham Food Bank, and a dedicated team of volunteers (including ultimate hockey dad Karl Subban!).
The Province has invested $3.3 billion in new measures to support our health care system as part of our COVID-19 Action Plan, including over $610 million for critical personal protective equipment to support our frontline staff.
We have acquired over 10,000 ventilators, 4 million face shields, 21 million gowns, 123 million masks, and 173 million gloves.
And we have built a network of over 30 laboratories to expand our testing capacity. Over a million tests have been completed, and daily testing in Ontario has reached over 27,000 per day, which leads Canada in per-capita testing.
The nearest COVID-19 assessment centres are located at:
- Mississauga Hospital, Clinical Administrative Building, 15 Bronte College Court
- Credit Valley Hospital, Valley House, 2200 Erin Mills Parkway
- Credit Valley Hospital (Drive-Thru), Level 1 Main Parking Garage, 2200 Erin Mills Parkway
No referrals are required. Health care workers on site will provide advice and direction on next steps.
No Ontarian will be declined a test at an assessment centre (either through an appointment or walk-in), especially those who are symptomatic, or who are concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
As the Province reopens, we are enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace, and isolate any cases, to stop the spread of COVID-19.
I was proud to join a Canada Post workers’ drive-by at the Mississauga Hospital to support our frontline health care heroes, together with St. Timothy Separate School Principal Maria Masucci, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board trustee Bruno Iannicca, and Councillor Stephen Dasko.
The Province is providing temporary pandemic pay for work performed between April 24 and August 13, including a $4/hour top-up on hourly wages, and additional lump sum payments of $250 for those who work at least 100 hours every four weeks.
As the economy gradually reopens, the Province is also helping people affected by COVID-19 get back to work, and helping to ensure their workplaces are safe when they do.
Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre, an online counselling and training portal, is supporting laid off and unemployed hospitality workers. Our Tools Grant will provide $10 million to help eligible apprentices purchase the equipment they need to start their careers.
We have released over 160 workplace safety guidance resources, to help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their particular industry.
The Province has launched a new Health Workforce Matching Portal to help match employers with skilled frontline health care workers, including internationally educated health care providers and students.
Consulting with Port Credit BIA Chair Jake Pedler, new General Manager Beatrice Moreira-Laidlow, Director Ann Male, and Event Specialist Natasha MacKinnon, on planning for our economic recovery after COVID-19.
In partnership with the federal government, we are providing over $900 million in commercial rent relief for small businesses and their landlords.
Tenants and landlords can learn who is eligible and how to apply at Ontario.ca/RentAssistance. The application deadline is August 31. Commercial evictions are also paused until August 31 for all eligible landlords.
Ontario and Canada are also partnering to help small businesses get online, and expand e-commerce following the COVID-19 crisis, through the $57 million Digital Main Street program, including grants of $2,500 per small business.
Lastly, we are providing $50 million to provide immediate support to businesses, organizations, and communities who are teaming up with the Province to combat COVID-19.
Submit your proposals now at Ontario Together. (Priority will be given to the most viable, innovative proposals that can quickly provide critical goods and services and the greatest benefit to the people of Ontario.)
The Province has provided $75 million in urgent support for 194,000 low-income seniors by doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) maximum payment to $166 per month for individuals, and $332 per month for couples, for six months starting in April 2020.
Our government has also invested $11 million through the Ontario Community Support Program to help fund deliveries of meals, medicine, and other necessities to seniors and people with disabilities.
We have renewed our partnership with SparkOntario to match seniors with volunteers who can deliver food or medicines, run errands, or just simply check up on seniors and the most vulnerable.
And we are supporting 175 Seniors Active Living Centres, including the Mississauga Seniors Centre and the Clarkson Community Centre in Mississauga-Lakeshore, to help offer programs remotely, through teleconferences, online videos, and one-on-one phone calls, to help reduce social isolation.
Seniors, people with disabilities, and others in need of assistance can also be connected to essential services in their community at any time by visiting www.211ontario.ca or by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free).
Like many local businesses, Gate Street International has shifted their focus, from construction to the production and procurement of personal protective equipment for our frontline workers. I was proud to join President Richard Clarke to help deliver hundreds of masks, gowns, face shields, and other vital protective equipment to the staff at the Camilla Care Community.
Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan includes many supports for our long-term care residences and retirement homes, including:
- $243 million for additional capacity and more resources for 24/7 screening, infection control, staffing, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and other supplies
- $80 million to improve and maintain the quality of care and overall resident experience in long-term care homes
- $23 million to support the ongoing repair of homes, and to allow operators to maintain safe and modern facilities
- $10 million to help community organizations coordinate subsidized deliveries of meals, medicines and other necessities to seniors.
We are also helping hospitals partner with more than 150 long-term care homes, to deploy support where it's needed most across Ontario.
Trillium Health Partners has been appointed to manage the Camilla Care Community on a temporary basis. Please read my statement on the Camilla Care Community here.
An independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system will begin its work in July.
I hosted a virtual round table on education policy with local parents from Mississauga-Lakeshore, and Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Hon. Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.
A week ago, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce released our school safety plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 year, based in part on the feedback we received from parents in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
It includes several options, depending on the public health situation in September. Minister Lecce has written an open letter to all Ontario parents to help answer some of your questions.
In any case, there will be a new math curriculum for elementary schools next year, including a new focus on financial literacy, and coding beginning in Grade 1. The world is changing, and we must ensure our students are prepared for the future.
We are also working with colleges, universities, Indigenous Institutes, and private career colleges to reopen campuses on a limited basis, beginning in July, in order to support priority in-person education and training.
Lastly, we have appointed Bruce Rodrigues to supervise the Peel District School Board, to ensure that our classrooms are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for all students and staff, and to eliminate systemic discrimination and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.
The hearing impaired face unique challenges with COVID-19; masks, for example, don't allow lipreading. Max Cucchiella and the Como Foundation in Mississauga-Lakeshore are now producing and donating masks with a clear window (to allow lipreading) for those who need them most, in Ontario and around the world. I was proud to join him to help make a delivery to Silent Voice Canada Director Ken Koffman.
The Province has provided a $200 million Social Services Relief Fund to help municipalities, charities, food banks, shelters, and non-profits provide support to those who need it most at this difficult time, including almost $6 million for the Region of Peel.
We have provided $12 million to expand online and virtual mental health supports, including:
- ConnexOntario (1-866-531-2600): Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call for mental health and addictions support
- BounceBack (1-866-345-0224): A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth aged 15 and over, using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching
- Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868): Children and youth 18 and under who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call Kids Help Phone for 24/7 virtual, phone, and text support
- Good2Talk (1-866-925-5454): A phone and texting service that provides confidential support to post-secondary students
We're also providing $9 million for emergency assistance with energy bills, through expanding eligibility for the Low‑Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). The Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban has also been extended until at least July 31.
Lastly, the Province has provided $2.7 million to support services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes, including $104,400 for Victim Services of Peel.
Reserve a free Canada Day lawn sign, available while supplies last!
Signs will be available for pickup at my Constituency Office at Units 1 & 2, 120 Lakeshore Rd. W., beginning on Monday, June 29th.
If you are not able to come to the office but would still like a sign, please let me know!
I was thrilled to join my friend Carmela Liparoti, Councillor John Kovac, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and many grateful families at the Villa Forum Long-Term Care Centre, to help salute our frontline workers.
Please join me, the Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association, and Special Guests, for a Drive-By Parade on Sunday, June 28 2020, at 1:30pm, to celebrate America's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner Roberta Battaglia. The parade will begin at J.C. Saddington Park in Port Credit.
Please note the parade is intended as a surprise for Roberta.
Recognizing that June is both Seniors Month and Italian Heritage Month, I invite all seniors to join us for a Virtual Party on Monday, June 29, at 11am, including a special guest performance by JUNO nominee and award winning singer-songwriter and producer Carlo Coppola.
If you need to find access to mental health supports, food services, financial assistance, or more, please dial 2-1-1 anytime, day or night. They can help you find the supports you need, in over 150 languages.
More information is available online at http://www.211oncovid19.ca/
Information is also available from our partners:
I was honoured to join Premier Doug Ford and our friends at ISNA Canada in Mississauga-Lakeshore to help distribute thousands of Drive-Thru Iftar meals, and to contribute to an Eid Toy Drive for children.
While my office remains closed to the public at this time, my staff and I remain committed to serving you. If you need assistance with any provincial issue, please contact my office, and we'll do our best to connect you with the resources you need.
Please contact us by phone at 905-274-8228 from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm, or anytime by email at email@example.com.