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There are nearly 400 visits per day to food banks in Windsor-Essex and supplies are running low. The June 27th Miracle is a Windsor-Essex food drive that is calling on residents to place non-perishable food items on their doorsteps at 12pm on June 27th. The donations will be picked up by volunteers and given to those in need. You can find more information about the initiative here.
Today, I joined our frontline healthcare workers at Windsor Regional Hospital MET campus to support their call for pandemic pay for all workers. Our party continues to call on the provincial government to reverse exclusions and make wage supplements retroactive to the beginning of the crisis to ensure all frontline workers receive the pay and recognition they deserve.
As of today, there have been 999 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with 66 deaths.
Responding to the federal government’s $14-billion commitment targeted towards supporting provinces and territories announced this morning, the Ontario government emphasized more funding will be needed to deal with the magnitude of challenges ahead.
The provincial government also commented on the 10 paid sick days that the federal government announced as part of the $14-billion relief package for provinces and territories. The provincial government continues to say that the sick leave funds would be better spent if they were directed to long-term care homes or 444 municipalities across Ontario.
Our party has issued a statement regarding paid sick days, saying that they are critical to protect workers and keep Ontarians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full statement here.
The Prime Minister noted that the federal government will pay a one-time tax-free payment of up to $600 for Canadians with disabilities to help cover the cost of unexpected bills due to the pandemic. This new financial aid will go to all who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, as of June 1.
The federal government also announced a national accessibility workplace stream will be established to help people with disabilities find employment and keep good jobs. Additionally, the federal government is funding five new projects across the country that will help people with disabilities get supportive devices to overcome barriers in the workplace.
Statistics Canada released its May job report this morning recording a historically high unemployment rate which rose to 13.7% even as the economy added 290,600 jobs.
Following the job report, we released a statement which revealed that Ontario was the only province to suffer job losses in May. While other provinces have stepped up to protect jobs, support businesses, and ban commercial evictions, the provincial government has been ineffective in protecting jobs during this economic crisis. You can read the full statement here.
The federal government will offer $14 billion to the provincial and territorial governments to help contain COVID-19, as the country begins to re-start its economy. This money will be distributed in accordance with a “safe-restart agreement” between the federal government and each province or territory. It will help cover critical supports such as protective equipment for health workers, support for cash strapped municipalities, paid sick leave and other help for schools and seniors.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend, and please remember to social distance, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands frequently.