There were 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex today, with 11 of those among workers in the agri-farm sector. To date, our region has a total of 1,857 cases and no additional deaths reported.
ENWIN has opened applications for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). If you were a ratepayer in good standing before March 17 and have missed at least two payments, you can qualify for a one-time payment of $115. Residents who use energy-intensive medical equipment are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $230. ENWIN will accept applications until the funding has depleted. For more information on how to apply and for program eligibility, please follow this link.
Our caucus continues to call on the provincial government to take action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, where municipal leaders are now calling for Ford to step up and manage the 14-day quarantine period for migrant workers. You can read our full statement here.
Our caucus is calling on the provincial government to step up with support for the child care sector before centres are forced to close permanently or hike fees, and before working parents have to quit their jobs to stay home with their kids. In the absence of provincial funding, many child care centres face enormous barriers to welcoming kids back under the new rules for re-opening. We are calling on the government to:
- Create a plan to maintain access to child care by boosting capacity under the re-opening rules.
- Provide immediate funding to stabilize the child care sector to prevent fee increases and layoffs.
- Consult with municipalities to find ways to use available public infrastructure so that school and child care centres can resume in-person for as many children as possible in a safe and healthy way.
- Engage child care advocates, RECEs and child care operators in re-opening planning.
- Guarantee that no essential workers currently receiving emergency child care will lose child care provision when the emergency child care program ends.
- Guarantee that parents will be able to access paid, job-protected leave until school and child care fully resumes.
- Ensure the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy remains available to child care operators by working with the federal government.
The provincial government has extended pandemic emergency orders until July 29. You can read more here.
The federal government will provide $19 billion to the provinces and territories to help fund a safe restart of the Canadian economy. This funding comes with seven outlined priority areas, including increased testing and contact tracing, securing more personal protective equipment (PPE) and more support for the most vulnerable populations including seniors. Trudeau also cited safe childcare options and paid sick leaves as top priorities and noted that the agreement includes increased support for municipalities, specifically highlighting transit.
As part of the announcement, the Deputy Prime Minister announced additional support for those working in long-term care facilities, those who need home and palliative care, and additional spaces in childcare facilities. She also announced paid sick leave so that all workers can take up to ten days of sick leave if needed.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.