Today, the Ontario government announced that the province is further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the announcement, free child care is being expanded to include people who work in the food supply chain, retirement homes, grocery stores and pharmacies, and certain federal employees, including the military. You can read the details here.
With the end of the month approaching, many people will be concerned about paying their rent on Friday. Our party has proposed a rent subsidy to provide an 80 per cent subsidy to renters who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a maximum of $2,500 a month for four months. We have also proposed a six-month freeze on rent increases and a legal ban on evictions, lockouts and disconnections.
The Prime Minister provided additional updates on a $9-billion aid plan released earlier to help students and young Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic – including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit program which is currently being debated in the House of Commons.
He noted that the promised $9-billion plan aimed at helping students will be enacted “as quickly as possible,” and he will be asking the House of Commons to provide rapid approval for the bill.
Six more local residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the deadliest 24-hour period to date. As of Wednesday morning, Windsor-Essex has 586 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 179 people have recovered and 49 have died.
Keep washing your hands frequently, practicing social distancing and following the advice of our medical experts