Thank you for everything you are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are difficult times, but Sudbury is rising to the challenge. Together, we’ll get through this.
My community office at Barrydowne Road is closed, but my team is continuing to respond to your inquiries by phone and email.
I know many of you have questions about this pandemic and the supports available to help you and your family during this uncertain time. My team and I will share information with you as we have it, and find out the answers when we do not.
On this webpage you will find information on:
- Ontario's plan for re-opening
- Current State of Emergency
- Worker Rights during COVID-19
- Public Health Updates
- Provincial Measures and Supports
- Federal Measures and Supports
I will be sending updates by email regularly to keep you informed. You can sign up to receive these updates here.
I want to thank all of the public health staff and health care workers who are working tirelessly to combat this pandemic. Thank you to all of the frontline staff- the grocery store workers, the pharmacists, the delivery drivers, the transit drivers, and the first responders. You all deserve an enormous debt of gratitude.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns to 705-675-1914 or JWest-CO@ndp.on.ca. My team and I are here to help.
Ontario's COVID-19 Information Page
The Ontario government updated their COVID-19 webpage to help you find up to date information and help. You can access the webpage here.
You'll find information here on:
- Taking a self assessment
- Advice on steps you can take to stop the spread of COVID-19
- Where to report if you see or experience price gouging
Ontario's Plan for Re-opening
Ontario has entered stage one of the province's re-opening plan. The government has eased restrictions on workplaces that are able to operate safely and follow public health guidelines. Some businesses and services are now open and welcoming customers.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts will enter the next stage of re-opening Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m.
The City of Greater Sudbury has re-opened some municipal amenities and outdoor facilities. Please check the city of Greater Sudbury website for further information.
As Ontario re-opens, please continue to follow public health advice, including to practise physical distancing, wear a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Ontario’s State of Emergency
Ontario remains in a state of emergency and extended associated emergency measures, which includes the closure of some workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings.
As a result of Ontario's State of Emergency and its associated orders:
- All publicly-funded schools will not be re-opening for the rest of the school year. The provincial government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.
- All organized public events and social gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. These gatherings do not apply to households with five or more people, or child care centres supporting frontline health workers and first responders.
- UPDATE: Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province.
The provincial government has released a plan for the gradual re-opening of Ontario's economy you can find more information here.
Worker Rights during COVID-19
My office has received many questions about workers’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially from those working at essential workplaces.
Changes made to the Employment Standards Act expand job-protected unpaid leave due to an infectious disease emergency. Employers cannot require employees to provide medical notes to prove they are eligible for this leave.
If you have questions about whether you are entitled to the protected unpaid leave in relation to COVID-19 contact your union representative or call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 416 326-7160 or 1 800 531-5551.
The health and safety of workers must always be a priority. Under the Ontario Health and Safety Act, you have the right to refuse unsafe work.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts has prepared a webpage with guidance employers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please find the webpage here.
If you have concerns about health and safety at your workplace, contact your union representative or the Ministry’s toll-free health and safety information line 1-877-202-0008 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday.
Public Health Updates
The following websites provide daily updates on pandemic response:
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Information on prevention and protection measures and where to seek further medical assistance.
Public Health Ontario
Public resources and factsheets on self-monitoring and self-isolation, and links to guidelines and statements from national and international public health organizations
Ontario Ministry of Health
Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.
Government of Canada (Travel Advisory and Advice)
Information on travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19.
Provincial Measures and Supports
Help for Families
One-time Payout for Children Out of School
Families with school age children are eligible for one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for
Childcare services for frontline workers
Certain child care centres will be exempt from the order to close, to provide child care support for frontline workers. Find a list of workers eligible for childcare here.
Learning supports while schools are closed
Several learning tools have been launched to support students and parents seeking learning opportunities, including through TVO. Teacher-led learning resumed April 6, 2020.
Emergency Assistance Program
The Emergency Assistance Program has been expanded to assist people with limited income, assets or credit, who are in crisis or in an emergency situation, and those who are not eligible for federal assistance.
OSAP payment deferral
OSAP loan repayments and interest are suspended from March 30 to September 30.
Access to OHIP Coverage
The three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage has been waived. Additionally, the provincial government will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.
Those eligible will receive a $4 per hour increase for the next 16 weeks, along with a $250 per month lump sum payment if they work over 100 hours per month. Initially, the government’s announcement left out some front-line workers, including paramedics, but they have now been added. A full list of eligible workers is available here.
The Ministry of the Attorney General granted an order suspending the enforcement of residential evictions until ordered otherwise by the court. Tribunals Ontario will not issue any new eviction orders until further notice.
Electricity disconnections banned and Time of Use Suspension
The Ontario Energy Board is extending the current ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for all residential customers to July 31, 2020. Low-volume, small business customers will now be protected by the ban. Time of use has also been suspended.
Government documents extended
The validity period for divers’ licenses, health cards, license plates, Ontario photo cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates and other products has been extended.
Federal Measures and Supports
The federal government’s Economic Response Plan website includes information on programs and supports for individuals and businesses.
Find more information about supports for post secondary students and recent graduates here.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The taxable benefit will provide $2,000 per month for up to four months, for workers who have lost their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the CERB, including further frequently asked questions, can be found here.
How to apply: Applications will be accepted starting on April 6, 2020 and can be submitted online through your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account or by calling 1-800-959-2019.