FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
New COVID-19 Mobile App - Prime Minister Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada. Beta testing will begin in Ontario.
Supporting Cultural and Heritage Organizations - As the culture and heritage industry continues to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada must continue its efforts to support affected organizations that still face significant challenges and financial pressures. That is why the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced new measures to assist the museum sector as well as the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Protecting Small Business Act - The Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.
Supporting Local Beverage Producers - The Ontario government is encouraging consumers to mark Ontario Craft Beer Week and Ontario Wine Week by supporting local beverage alcohol producers as the province takes additional steps to help the sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Investment In Mental Health and Technology For Students - The Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced $15 million to purchase thousands of classroom computers, and $10 million to hire additional mental health workers.
Enhancing Case and Contact Management - As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves.
Lanark County Children’s Services - Lanark County Children Services recognizes that these are challenging times for families attempting to access childcare. As per direction from the Province, emergency childcare will be closed effective June 26, 2020 to allow for the reopening of the childcare sector. Lanark County, in partnership with providers of licensed care, the Province and our local Health Unit, is working diligently in order to ensure safety measures are put in place for when childcare centres reopen. Our goal is to provide both a safe and welcoming environment for our families. At the present time, Licensed Home Child Care is currently open for those looking for immediate care. Please refer to the County’s website for more information.
Wellness Together Canada - With a rise in mental distress as people grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the emotional dialogue around racial equality, a new campaign is launching with the message that mental health is a journey and you are not alone. The #TakeThatStep campaign launched to remind people in Canada that we can take steps every day to improve mental well-being, especially during trying times, and there’s free support available. Wellness Together Canada is Canada’s first and only online platform offering immediate mental health and substance use support for all ages, funded by the Government of Canada.
COVID-19 Outbreak at Stoneridge Manor Declared Over – Revera has released an official media statement in regards to the declaration from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit that the outbreak at Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place is over.