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Covid-19 - Update #87

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES

CERB Extended - Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks.

Canada-U.S. Border Remains Closed - The Prime Minister also announced that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21st, 2020. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES

General Workplace Guide - The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.

Regulatory Change - In response to requests by community leaders and public health experts, the Ontario government is proposing a regulatory change to mandate the reporting of data on race, income, language and household size for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This will help ensure the province has a more complete picture of the outbreak. This change will allow for the collection of data in a consistent way across the province, while ensuring the privacy of Ontarians is protected.