The final five patients located at the COVID-19 field hospital at St. Clair College have been released and returned to the Heron Terrace long-term care home. The field hospital will remain on standby in case it is required again in the future.
The Ontario government announced that Windsor-Essex will remain in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan for at least another week. We continue to seek clarification for why this is the case so that we can find solutions for moving forward.
There were a total of 58 new cases in Windsor-Essex over the weekend, bringing the total up to 1,198 positive cases and 67 deaths.
Our caucus has reviewed the legislation that the provincial government is proposing to implement a moratorium on commercial evictions and we have identified significant gaps that would exclude many business owners. The bill, as written, only protects businesses who qualify for the federal CECRA, but whose landlords refuse to apply for it – meaning they must have a whopping 70 per cent reduction in income. The bill is also retroactive to just June 3, leaving out all the commercial tenants whose eviction notices arrived between March and June 3. Our caucus is calling on the Government to amend their proposed bill and to include all businesses in a legislated moratorium on commercial evictions during the pandemic, and make that protection retroactive to mid-March.
The Ontario Government confirmed that cash has yet to flow for workplaces that have employees that are eligible for the pandemic pay. No specific date has been provided on when employees can expect to see the money, but the Government has said that they have sent out written funding commitments to employers.
The Prime Minister reminded Canadians that the government has recently expanded the Canada Emergency Benefit Account (CEBA) to more small businesses, including farmers. Applications will open on Friday at edc.ca.
The Federal government announced they are working on a solution to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for people who cannot return to work yet. More details will be released later this week.
The Federal government is opening applications for the Food Surplus Purchasing Program. The government will be buying surplus food from farmers such as potatoes, poultry, seafood and more to redistribute to people who are facing food insecurity.
Please continue to wear a mask in public, social distance when possible and wash your hands often.