Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - August 5

Published on August 5, 2020

Good evening everyone,

Windsor-Essex reported one new case of COVID-19 today from the agri-farm sector. This brings our region’s totals to 2,351 cases.

We are calling on the Provincial Government to immediately take the actions necessary to move Windsor-Essex into Stage 3 and are advocating for the following measures to be put in place:

  • Funding and resources for local public health to conduct COVID-19 testing, including testing on-site at every farm in the region
  • Emergency funding for the public health unit to hire more staff and ramp up case management and contact tracing
  • A comprehensive, central isolation plan for migrant workers who were infected, and for new workers arriving in Canada
  • Paid sick days for all workers in the agribusiness sector, including migrant workers
  • A safe re-opening set-up fund for small and medium-sized businesses to help with PPE, plexiglass barriers and any other changes needed to keep staff and customers safe

As of yesterday, the eviction freeze that protected most residential tenants and homeowners from being evicted has been lifted. If the Landlord and Tenant Board have issued an eviction order, the Landlord can have the Sheriff enforce the order by evicting the tenant and changing the lock. This applies to all eviction orders whether or not they were made before the pandemic or after the state of emergency was declared on March 19. If you find yourself in this position, you may wish to contact one of the local legal clinics. The Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic can be contacted at (519) 253-3526 and Legal Assistance of Windsor can be contacted at (519) 256-7831.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has introduced the Resilient Communities Fund, which is a one-time fund available for non-profit organizations who are struggling to provide their services and meet community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two application deadlines: 1) September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET and 2) December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. For more information on the eligibility requirements and how to apply, please follow this link: https://otf.ca/resilient-communities-fund?redirected=1. If you have any follow-up questions, the Ontario Trillium Foundation can be contacted at otf@otf.ca or 1 800 263-2887.

Our caucus wrote to the premier three months ago urging him to help legions make it through the crisis and explained that what they needed was operational funding support to avoid shutting down. The Government made a re-announcement today of existing capital grants that, unfortunately, will do nothing to save legions across Ontario that are on the brink of shutting down permanently due to the impact of COVID-19. Sadly, it’s estimated that 124 Royal Canadian Legion branches are likely to close permanently, and another 357 are facing financial hardship. We continue to call on the Government to provide operational funding support so that legions can remain viable during this challenging time.

If you are a business who has been impacted by COVID-19 and you would like to raise your concerns to Ontario’s Finance Committee, you can apply to speak before Friday, August 7 at 5:00PM. To apply, follow this link: https://www.ola.org/en/apply-committees?prvcachecommwf=1596553515974. Select yes, then select the first item on the dropdown list and proceed from there.

The Federal Government has entered into two agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. To learn more, click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2020/08/government-of-canada-announces-major-steps-in-treating-and-preventing-covid-19-through-vaccines-and-therapies.html.

Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear your mask in public, and practice physical distancing.

-Percy