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Wilson provides information on government programs and services available to help during COVID-19

(April 5, 2020) Dear Friends: I hope you are all keeping well. It’s been three weeks since we were told to self-isolate and the good news is that projections released by the government on Friday, although stark, tell us that our efforts are working. You can read the full report HERE.

Governments are acting quickly and decisively to protect the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians, in addition to ensuring that support is readily available. They are taking advice from various sectors and associations to best help those impacted. Please know that it’s likely that more help will become available as the situation evolves.

Below, I have put together a list of some of the government programs and services that are currently available in an effort to help you get through this difficult time. I have also included information that my offices are often asked about. Additionally, I urge you to refer to both the provincial and federal government websites for all up-to-date information, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus  and www.Canada.ca/coronavirus. My offices are also open for phone call and email inquiries if you’re not able to find help online. They can be reached at 705-446-1090 (Collingwood) or 705-435-4087 (Alliston).

Nobody knows how long this pandemic will last. The most important thing we can do right now is stay home and physically distant ourselves from others who may be more vulnerable. 

This is a trying time for the world, but the reality is that we will get through it. I am so appreciative of all the offers of support I have received through my office and I would just like to profoundly thank everyone for doing their part during this difficult time.    

Please continue to take care of yourselves. We can all take comfort in the fact that we are in this together.

Sincerely,

Jim Wilson, MPP
Simcoe-Grey    

 

An updated list of essential workplaces, CLICK HERE

Offers of assistance and/or ideas can be submitted through an online portal, www.ontario.ca/ontariotogether. If you need help making an online submission you can call, 1-888-777-0554.

Report price gouging related to COVID-19, CLICK HERE

Mental health and addiction supports online and phone-in, CLICK HERE

Emergency childcare for health care workers and front line staff, CLICK HERE

 

 

Financial and economic support for individuals

The latest on federal help for individuals, CLICK HERE

The latest on provincial help for seniors, parents, students, workers, indigenous peoples and vulnerable people, CLICK HERE

The latest on social services relief funding, CLICK HERE. This means that people who do not qualify for federal financial assistance programs can apply for financial help through Ontario Works (LINK HERE) or by phone (705) 722-3132. Current Social Assistance clients will have additional resources available to them which can be accessed through their case worker.

The latest on the Residential Relief Fund to support programming that helps people with special needs, gender based violence and indigenous peoples, CLICK HERE

 

Financial and economic support for businesses

The latest on federal support for businesses and farmers, CLICK HERE

The latest on provincial help for business, CLICK HERE

Stop the spread business information Ontario phone line (1-888-444-3659), CLICK HERE

Ontario Together Fund to support the development of essential equipment and supplies, CLICK HERE

 

Electricity relief

The latest on electricity relief for families, small businesses and farms, CLICK HERE

 

Housing

The latest on rent changes, www.ontario.ca/rent

The latest on mortgage deferrals: Canadian banks have announced that mortgage payments can be deferred for up to six months.  Talk to your bank for more information. 

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently made the following statement on renters and landlords, CLICK HERE.

 

School closures

The latest on primary and secondary student school closures and Learn at Home information, CLICK HERE

The latest on post-secondary student loan relief, CLICK HERE

 

Need a job? 

The Government of Ontario has launched a new web portal to connect workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector. CLICK HERE.



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