Ontario Extends Emergency Statement To Continue Fighting COVID-19

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Ontario Extends Emergency Statement To Continue Fighting COVID-19

Sustained action is needed to stop the spread and protect public health

TORONTO – On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Government of Ontario is extending the emergency declaration under the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act for an additional 28 days. This will allow the government to continue to use all the tools at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adopted at a special session of the Ontario Legislative Assembly and with the full cooperation of all parties, the declaration of emergency was extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial emergency declaration allows Ontario to continue to apply existing emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor equipment such as parks and work areas. entertainment, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people and prohibitions on price increases. A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

“In these unprecedented times, we cannot lower our guard. Everyone’s measures to stay at home and practice physical distance make a difference, but we are not out of the woods yet, “said Premier Ford. “With the support of all members of Ontario, we continue to take all necessary steps to support our front-line health workers and act quickly and decisively to slow the spread of this deadly virus. “

The legislator also adopted the Coronavirus ((COVID-19) Support and Protection Act to modify the Education Act, Planning Act, Development Charges Act, Police Services Act and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act. This new law demonstrates that the government is actively listening to the concerns of education and municipal stakeholders during this COVID-19 emergency.

“This law is intended to protect the health and economic interests of Ontarians,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. “We will do whatever it takes to meet this challenge – especially for the next generation – so that students continue to learn and graduate. “

The modifications of the Education Act allow school boards to continue charging fees for new construction to maintain a vital source of revenue for new school projects. The bill also includes an amendment to provide a fair and consistent province-wide approach to resolving suspensions and expulsions as part of the government’s commitment to keep students and staff safe when the reopening of schools.

Changes to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act temporarily suspend the payment of student loans to OSAP borrowers and introduce a six-month interest-free moratorium on OSAP loans.

“We are taking steps to ease the financial burden on current students and borrowers during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By temporarily suspending loan payments and accumulating interest, our government is providing immediate support to OSAP borrowers in these difficult times. “

The government allows to suspend certain time limits for municipal planning decisions during the state of emergency and to modify the Development Charges Act ensuring that municipalities can continue to rely on a vital source of income that helps pay for local growth-related infrastructure, such as roads, water and sewers, and fire and police services. The modifications of the Police Services Act also allow the Solicitor General to grant municipalities an extension beyond January 1, 2021 to prepare and adopt a community safety and well-being plan.

“Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of all individuals and families,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We have listened to our municipal partners and made these changes to help them better manage the time and resources of their staff so that they can focus on the COVID-19 epidemic.” “

“In these unprecedented times, our government is doing everything in its power to support our municipal, police and community partners,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “While community safety and well-being plans are an important tool for municipalities to keep our communities safe, we need them to focus on allocating resources where they are most needed.” no longer needed right now, and that is to stop the spread of COVID-19. “

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