Jennie Stevens MPP, St. Catharines

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Information

As the Official Opposition, my caucus colleagues and I have been working to ensure that the provincial government is communicating with Ontarians about emergency preparedness planning related to COVID-19. Specifically, we have been asking about contingency plans for public services, hospitals, workers and businesses. 

The Leader of the Opposition met with Premier Ford and other party leaders on March 11 for an update on the province’s response, and has called for the provincial government to release details of their plans with Ontarians.

We have also been advocating for stronger protections for workers by calling for the government to reinstate paid sick leave and to halt the requirement of sick notes.

You deserve the best up-to-date public health information about COVID-19.

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Updates are available daily on the following websites:

 

NiagaraRegion.ca/health/covid-19

Information from Niagara Public Health on local cases, how to protect yourself and where to seek further medical support.

 

Ontario.ca/coronavirus

Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.

 

Canada.ca/coronavirus

Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Updates on the national response, travel advice and preparedness.

 

Travel.gc.ca

Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.

 

Telehealth Ontario

For medical advice, you may contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. 

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

 

Niagara Public Health

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info-Line

Talk to a nurse from

Monday to Friday

9:15 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Telephone: 905-688-8248 ext. 7019

Toll Free: 1-888-505-6074 

You are to self-isolate if you fall under one of the following:

  • Start to develop symptoms
  • Are required to do so under the Quarantine Act due to travel outside of Canada
  • Are a close contact of a positive case with COVID-19
  • Are a laboratory confirmed case with COVID-19

How to Self-Isolate

  • Stay at home and indoors. Don't go to school, work or any public areas.
  • Stay in a separate room away from other people in your home at all times, including when sleeping
    • Have a caregiver bring meals and supplies to the room and drop off outside the door
    • Have a bathroom in your home dedicated to only you. If a bathroom needs to be shared, clean after every use.
    • No sharing of utensils, toothbrushes, iPads, gaming devices, headsets, towels, etc.
    • If you must leave your room, wear a mask if you have one
    • Keep a physical distance of two metres from other household members
    • Keep rooms in the home well ventilated, such as keeping a window open if possible and tolerated
  • No visitors
  • You may go outside in your own backyard or balcony. Ensure to clean doorknobs after each use.
  • Don't use public transportation, rideshare companies or taxis
  • Cancel non-urgent appointments
  • If you must go out for a medical appointment or urgent care, you must contact the COVID-19 Info-Line at 905-688-8248 press 7, then press 2 and a public health professional will give you detailed instructions to follow to protect you, your family and members of the public
  • Make alternate arrangements to support children and other dependents
  • Ask a friend or family member to help you get a supply of groceries and other necessities. Don't go out and get them yourself.

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A list of resources, as of March 26th, that businesses considered either ‘small’ or with less than 50 employees can access to deal with COVID-19 related financial struggles.

Please find below a list of resources and information.  Included is a list of general small business support resources, in addition to recently announced measures. This list is not guaranteed to be comprehensive and constituents will need to contact the individual programs for application information and to confirm eligibility.

 

Ontario Resources

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659 

Businesses with questions about closures can contact this government information line with questions.

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID19 

Announcements relating to businesses and tax deferrals provided under section 4 of the Action Plan.

The WSIB’s new Employer Relief Package 

Allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payment to August 31, 2020.

Ontario List of Essential Workplaces

Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Small Business Access

Get support, information and advice to run your small business.

 

Niagara Resources

Business Support - Economic Development Niagara

A Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team has been launched and is gathering up to date information relating to COVID-19 developments. Businesses can make inquiries with their local Economic Development Offices or [email protected]:

Federal Resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 

Department of Finance Canada action plan with information for businesses including issues such as:

·    Avoiding layoffs

·    Access to credit

·    Support for farmers

·    Supporting financial stability

 

General Business Resources

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise

Centre provides information and advice on starting or growing a business. Businesses can contact [email protected] or 905-356-7521 ex. 5130 to inquire about any services available during this time.

Community Futures Development Corporation

These offices offer services and financing to small and medium startup companies. Businesses can search an interactive map to find their local office.

Small business: advice, support services, regulations 

Guide to getting advice, grants, support and information in government regulations.

Ministry of Finance Credits, Benefits and Incentives

A list of tax credits for businesses.

Ontario incentive programs and services

Invest in Ontario has a list of incentives and programs available through the Government of Ontario and elsewhere.

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services

Guide to starting and financing a small business.

Government of Canada: Business grants and financing

Guide outlines grants, loans, private and public sector financing and how to leverage personal assets. The following funding directory allows businesses to filter information based on their personal business attributes and needs.