COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Ontario announced that it will provide support to payday loan borrowers by capping interest rates and fees on defaulted loans, ensuring that workers and families can keep more of their money. The changes were included in the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act.
  • For more information, see the Government of Ontario’s news release of July 17, 2020.[199]

Support for Seniors

  • The Government of Ontario is investing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program. This funding will help non-profit organization, local services boards or indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting, among other things, social isolation.
  • For more information, see the Government of Ontario’s news release of June 26, 2020.[200]

Support for Children and Youth during COVID-19

  • The Government of Ontario is investing $1 million to improve access to healthy meals and snacks for school-age children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • For more information, see the Government of Ontario’s news release of June 12, 2020.[201]

Extending Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

  • The Government of Ontario is taking steps to help ensure that as the economy gradually and safely reopens workers will have jobs to return to and businesses will be protected from incurring unsustainable termination costs. The government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID-19. This will ensure businesses aren’t forced to terminate employees after their ESA temporary layoff periods have expired.
  • For more information, see the Government of Ontario’s news release of June 1, 2020.[202]

Increased Stability with Electricity Bills

  • The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines announced that Ontario will be extending the suspension of time-of-use price to provide consumers with greater stability and predictability with their electricity bills.
  • Ontario will introduce a fixed electricity price, known as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate, of 12.8 cents per kWh, which will be automatically applied to all time-of-use customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This fixed electricity price will be in place from June 1 – October 31, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Ontario’s news release of May 30, 2020.[203]

Support for apprentices

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