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COVID-19 News

Ontario Enters 2nd State of Emergency

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a 2nd State of Emergency and a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes.  In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home. Click here for detailed information (pages 23 & 23 refer to construction).

 

Ontario In LockDown December 2020

December 21, 2020 – Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced today a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m. Most businesses and schools will remain closed The full announcement may be found on the Ontario news site at this LINK.

canada emergency rent subsidy

November 23, 2020 – The Federal Government just announced today the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more. Click here for full details.

NEW COVID FRAMEWORK

November 20, 2020 – Ontario has a developed a new Covid-19 response framework as part of its ‘Keeping Ontario Safe & Open’ strategy. This colour-coded, five-level system is designed to be a flexible format to manage increases and decreases in Covid-19 level throughout Ontario. The prevent, protect, restrict, control and lockdown codes will be assigned by the Premiers office and are applicable from region to region. The goal is to gradually loosen measures at trends in public health indicators improve. Click here for more information.

ECA OTTAWA REMEMBERS

November 11, 2020 – Today we pause to honour the sacrifice, courage and extraordinary service of our veterans, and those who continue to serve and defend our country. This is a unique year in which many of us, who traditionally visit sites across the country, must find an another path to demonstrate our respect and thanks. ECA Ottawa is proud to have a wreath places on Ottawa’s Cenotaph, as we cannot be there in person. The wreath is decorated with poppies, which are used to remember those who have given there lives in battle. The poppy is the flower that grew on the battlefields after World War One ended and is described in the famous poem, In Flanders Fields by Canadian Lt. Colonel John McRae. We ask that you please observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00am in honour of our men and women who served and sacrificed.

Ottawa Enters Modified Stage 2

October 9, 2020 – The Provincial Government announced targeted restrictions for Ottawa, Toronto and Peel regions due to their higher transmission rates of Covid-19. Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020 the city will close a number of businesses and facilities for the next 28 days and subject to review. Gatherings are limited to 10 people inside and 25 outside. Further, you are asked to limit your outside travels to essential services such as food, docotrs appointments and work, if you cannot work from home. Affected businesses include: restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, bingo halls, cinemas, exhibits, museums, galleries and personal care services. Limits are also imposed on teams sports with no games or scrimmages, only training.

Support for Business Owners

There are a few support systems the Federal Government has announced in the last several months which apply to business owners. Programs such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Emergency Business Allowance, Loan Guarantee’s and the Rent Assistance program are all in place at the moment. you can click below to review the  all Federal Programs available https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Pre-Screening Now Mandatory

As COVID-19 cases increase within Ontario in what has been described as a “second wave”, the Ontario Government has implemented regulatory changes that, effective September 26, 2020, mandate that all workplaces perform daily pre-screening of workers and essential visitors before they are permitted to enter the workplace. Accordingly, the Ontario Ministry of Health’s (“MOH”) COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) (the “Tool”), which is a newly created recommendation applicable to all businesses and organizations that operate a workplace in Ontario, must be followed within all workplaces within the province. Click here to download “The Tool”.

New TEMPORARY EI PROGRAMS

For CERB claimants who don’t qualify for the new EI benefits, which the CCPA estimates could be as many as two million people, they may be eligible to apply for three new temporary benefits. The three new benefits are called the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.

CANADA RECOVERY BENEFIT (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is designed for workers who are self-employed or who are not eligible for EI but still require support. Valued at $500 for 26 weeks, the benefit is only provided to workers who haven’t returned to work due to COVID-19 or who have seen their income drop by at least 50 per cent. Those who apply for the CRB must be looking for work, and accept work “where it is reasonable to do so,” according to government criteria.

CANADA RECOVERY SICKNESS BENEFIT (CRSB)
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is a new initiative that provides $500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are sick or who must self-isolate due to COVID-19. Details on the benefit, including who is and is not eligible, remain slim, but the government describes the measure as a way to “ensure all Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave.”

CANADA RECOVERY CAREGIVING BENEFIT (CRCB)
Those who are unable to work because they need to care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools and daycares are closed are entitled to the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), a benefit of up to $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household. The benefit is also available for those caring for a child or family member who is sick and/or required to quarantine.

CERB IS OVER, NOW WHAT?

New temporary benefits – CERB is now ending and is being replaced with new Employment Insurance (EI) program. Canadians with 120 insurable hours—which equates to 3.5 weeks of work in the last 52 weeks—across Canada can apply and receive a taxable benefit at a rate of at least $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits, for up to 26 weeks. If you are collection CERB you will automatically be transferred over to the new program