Government Resources and Support for COVID-19

ByBrad Bradford

I know how difficult it has become to stay aware of all the different announcements and resources from all levels of government. My goal is for this page to be a frequently updated resource for our community. These are anxious and unsure times for us all, and I want you to know that your government has your back. Municipal, Provincial, or Federal – we are all here for you. This situation changes hourly, so I would encourage you all to check back here frequently for the latest updates or sign-up for my regular, community-focused updates right to your inbox here.

General Information

  • Toronto.ca/covid19 – The City of Toronto website with all updates from your municipal government. Contains a list of all impacted City services, financial supports, statements from our Medical Officer of Health, and more.
  • Ontario.ca/covid19 – Get more information on how the Ministry of Health is working to protect you. More information on how to self-isolate, what to do if you think you’re sick, and the Provincial financial supports.
  • Canada.ca/covid19 – Your Federal government has taken significant steps to protect Canadians and provide financial support during this time. Please visit their website for more information on the measures that they’ve taken.
  • COVID-19 Self Assessment – For anyone who thinks that they may have been infected, please use this self assessment tool. Our health services are already overwhelmed – this tool will help to filter out those who need urgent medical attention.

Supports for Individuals and Families

Municipal

  • Social Supports – The City is partnering with many different community organizations to provide aid to those who need it during this crisis. Please visit the website for more information on these programs.
  • Economic Supports – The Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery taskforce is working to ensure that financial aid is available. For a full list of the supports in place, check out the website.
  • Income Support – Many Canadians have had their livelihoods impacted by COVID-19. Find more information on the income support offered on this page.
  • Supports for Seniors and Vulnerable People – Seniors and vulnerable populations have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and need support. Find more information on what programs are available here.
  • Tenants and Property Owners – For more information on the programs and support available to tenants or property owners, please click here.

Provincial

Federal

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit – The CERB will provide $500 weekly for 16 weeks to Canadians that are unable to work as a result of the pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • Flexibility for Taxpayers – The Canada Revenue Agency will allow the deferral of tax payments to assist Canadians.
  • Canada’s Economic Response Plan – This page is the one-stop-shop for information on all Federal programs providing support to individuals and families.

Supports for Businesses

Municipal

Provincial

  • Ontario Together – The Provincial government is calling on any businesses who can help to provide emergency supplies to contact them.
  • Financial Relief – Find more information on deferred payments and financial supports available to businesses here.
  • Tax Relief – Learn more about what tax assistance the Provincial government is providing.
  • Guidance for Employers – Ensuring workplaces remain safe is paramount as we plan to reopen businesses. Find more information on how you can keep your workplace safe here.

Federal