Lisa Gretzky MPP, for Windsor West

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Information

I know many in our community are concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Our staff team will do our best to provide updates and direct constituents to reliable sources of information about preventative measures and public health advisories.

Provincial state of emergency & province-wide closures

On March 17, Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency. This gives the government emergency powers for a period of 14 days. There will be an immediate closure of the below, as well as a prohibition on any gathering of 50 people or more.

Closures:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies
  • Concert venues.

What's not closed: Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, public transit, office buildings, and manufacturing. Also, no new eviction orders will be made, nor existing eviction orders be enforced.

More information here.

List of Essential Workplaces

The Ontario government is ordering at-risk workplaces to close-down at 11:59pm on Tuesday March 24, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models.

You can find the full list here. Please note that the government has indicated at this time that the list is flexible, meaning that it can be added to, or edited. 1-800 number will be made available very soon to take feedback and inquiries about the list.

 

Updates are available daily on the following websites:


WECHU.org

Information from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit 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.

If you have recently traveled 

If you have recently traveled and are experiencing symptoms exercise precaution by isolating yourself from others and immediately call your healthcare professional or Windsor-Essex County Public Health @ 519-258-2146 ext. 1420.


For Medical Advice

Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool - available here.

Telehealth Ontario - a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information is available in multiple languages. 

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

 

School Closures

On March 12, the Minister of Education announced that all publicly-funded schools will be close for two weeks following March Break, meaning schools will remained closed until April 6. 

The University of Windsor will transition to an essential services only model, effective Wednesday March 18. Students will not be required to be on campus to complete final exams. More information here.  

St. Clair College has suspended many on-campus labs and clinics until further notice. More information here.

 

Financial Assistance for Individuals and Businesses

FEDERAL STIMULUS SUMMARY:

  • $27 billion in direct support to workers and businesses
  • $55 billion for liquidity for businesses and households through tax deferrals
  • Total $82 billion

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS:

  • The Emergency Care Benefit
    • To provide income support to workers, including the self-employed, who have to stay home and don't qualify for paid sick leave or Employment Insurance.
    • Up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks.
  • Emergency Support Benefit 
    • To provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.  

SMALL BUSINESSES:

  • Wage subsidy grants to small businesses for three months equal to 10% of workers salaries.

INCOME TAXES:

  • Extending the tax filing deadline to June 1.
  • If you owe after you file your taxes, you have until August 2020 to make payment.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

  • 12 million Canadians eligible:
  • Parents getting top up of Canada Child Benefit $300 per child 
  • Low-income Canadians will receive increased GST credit for $400 for single adults; $600 for couples; $150 for every additional child

More information here.

Our Constituency Office - Closed to in-person meetings

My team and I will be working remotely until April 6th, as per the latest recommendations from Ontario Public Service. We will continue to serve our constituents — via phone: 519-977-7191 & email: lgretzky-co@ndp.on.ca.

We may be slower to respond than usual due to a high volume of calls and emails, but rest assured that we will reply as quickly as possible.