Covid19-update

July 31, 2020

Toronto into Stage 3

Friday, July 31

TORONTO — Additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the Ontario government allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health.

“While more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we're asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly," said Premier Doug Ford.

Ontario is also supportive of proposals made by the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health relating to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments that are permitted to be open. For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health and workplace safety restrictions necessary to keep people safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen:

 https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario?_ga=2.264778639.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685

New Gathering Limits


Businesses that are unable to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or businesses that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, can visit the above link to submit a reopening proposal for consideration. Government and public health officials will review proposals and contact businesses for feedback or clarification and provide an initial response within 10 days.

 

It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practicing physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following, high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, even if a region has entered Stage 3:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

Quick Facts

  • Stage 3, gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors, with physical distancing in place.

 

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-3?_ga=2.1063345.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685#section-2

 

  • Gathering limits do not apply to settings such as restaurants and bars, however these settings must be configured so that patrons seated at different tables are separated by a distance of at least two meters, plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

 

(https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-information?_ga=2.71122448.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685)

 

For additional details, please visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-3?_ga=2.97418911.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685#section-2

 

Additional Resources

 

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

 

What you need to know to stay safe

 


 

 

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

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For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Covid19-update

June 09, 2020

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org

 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

June 02, 2020

 


Italian and Filipino Heritage Month

June is the month we honor the achievements and contributions of the Filipino and Italian communities in Canada.

During the June heritage month of the two communities, we pay tribute to their sacrifices to build our country. Furthermore, we honor their efforts to enrich our society by bringing their rich culture, dedication to the family, and their strong work ethic. As well, we honor as their ongoing contributions to building a stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive Canada.

Let's join these two vibrant communities this month to celebrate the values of diversity, openness, and respect for our differences that unite us all and make our country stronger.

Seniors’ Month

June is also Seniors Month in Ontario. It is that special time of the year when once again we honor the sacrifices our seniors have made to make Canada the best country in the world.

It is our duty and privilege to support and protect them in their sunset years.

I encourage you to contact the seniors in their life, to offer to get their groceries, medicines, or to simply call them to check in and keep them company. These are some of the many ways we can look after them, especially at these difficult times.

Hydro Relief

Today, Minister Greg Rickford issued a statement to update Ontarians about the government’s move to continue the time-of-use suspension and introduced a fixed, flat electricity rate, known as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate.  This flat rate of 12.8¢/kWh will be applied to all time-of-use customers bills, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

The government is committed to supporting Ontarians electricity consumers as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to work and learn from home, we are extending the suspension of time-of-use price to provide Ontarian’s with greater stability and predictability of their electricity bills.

By introducing this new fixed rate Ontarians have greater flexibility to use electricity as needed during the traditional on-peak and mid-peak periods, and we are able to move forward with the time-of-use suspension in a fiscally responsible manner.

Beginning June 1, 2020, this flat rate will be in place until October 31, 2020, reflecting the continued increase in time spent at home by Ontarians during the day.

Our government continues to support Ontario’s electricity consumers as we respond to COVID-19 by providing stability and rate relief to the millions of Ontarians who are doing their part to stay home. 

Since March 24, 2020, we have invested just over $175 million to deliver emergency rate relief to residential, farm and small business electricity consumers by suspending time-of-use (TOU) electricity pricing. This investment was made to protect the people of Ontario from a marked increase in electricity rates as they did their part by staying home to prevent the further spread of the virus.

See the Minister's statement here:

EN: 

https://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/en/2020/05/ontario-provides-consumers-with-greater-stability-and-predictability-with-their-electricity-bills.html

FR: 

https://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/fr/2020/05/lontario-offre-aux-consommateurs-une-meilleure-stabilite-et-une-plus-grande-previsibilite-en-ce-qui.html

 

 

Dental Professionals Opening

 

The Government of Ontario has allowed the reopening of health practices around the province. It is important to note that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is finalizing guidelines for dental professionals.

Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario COVID-19 guidelines:

https://www.rcdso.org/en-ca/rcdso-members/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19--managing-infection-risks-during-in-person-care

Ontario has now amended Directive #2 

(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/dir_mem_res.aspx)

to support the gradual restart of all deferred and non-essential and elective services, including in hospitals and for all regulated health professionals

 

(Ontario Regulated Health Professionals | Home)

 

The government have also asked that health care providers follow the appropriate regulatory college guidance when reopening. 

The health and well being of Ontarians is the government's top priority.  As we work to open economy, the Ministry of Health has been working diligently with our health care partners to ensure a safe process is in place.

It's important to note that this does not mean that all health services will be available on May 27. Rather, we have asked health regulatory colleges to develop guidance to ensure high-quality and safe clinical care be met before services can resume. Health Care providers must also consider which services should continue to be provided remotely and which services can safely resume in-person with appropriate hazard controls and sufficient PPE. 

To be clear, a health care provider's decision to reopen should be guided by the best available clinical evidence. 

Since the start of this outbreak, our government has been committed to providing the highest quality of care for those in Ontario during these uncertain times.

Regulated Health Professions

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org

 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

May 24, 2020

 


Eid al-Fitr Mubarak to all residents of Scarborough-Agincourt and all Muslims celebrating!

Eid al-Fitr is a great feast celebrated when the Holy Fast of Ramadan ends. This is one of the two most prominent feasts within Islam. For Muslims this day is a time to reflect their achievements of the past, as well as consolidating their relationships with family and friends.

May this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all those who are observing today

REMINDER

 

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org

 

Dear Neighbour,

The Ontario Government recently announced the framework to reopen our Province in a safe manner. The stage-by-stage approach will provide a safe roadmap for businesses to reopen. This framework outlines the method and principles that will be followed by businesses, services, and public spaces to responsibly re-launch Ontario’s economy back to a strong position. On May 19th, stage 1 of the Framework was launched. Retail businesses, health and community serve providers was permitted to reopen their services provided that public health metrics continued to trend in a positive directions. Only retail stores with a store entrance reopened considering they are in the means to while adopting workplace safety measures.

The government have released more than 90 health and safety measures to assist employers in multiple sectors, including construction, retail, facilities maintenance and manufacturing.

90 Safety Guidance Documents Link:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace

The Ontario Government announced the reopening of seasonal services and activities. These services were reopened  on Saturday, May 16th which included:

  • Golf Courses - with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out. 
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. 

In addition, Ontario's Phase One of Reopening on May 19th included:

  • Retail Services that are not shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances 
  • Seasonal Businesses and recreational activities - including training and sports competitions that can be played while maintaining a physical distance  
  • Animal Services, specifically pet care services 
  • Indoor and Outdoor household services
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction
  • Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling; in-person services, in addition to virtual services, delivered by health professionals; and scheduled surgeries,

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-announces-additional-workplaces-that-can-reopen.html

Our careful and gradual approach to reopening will allow business owners and service provider's time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public. Ontario will proceed cautiously and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The government is committed to make decisions for the health and safety of people – this remaining always as top priority. 

To ensure that these first actions to reopen the province are a success, Ontarians should continue to adhere to public health measures, including practising physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing and staying home when ill.

To support business-owners, workers, and the economic recovery of the province, the Ontario Government has also launched a website to provide businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers. View here: 

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/workplace-ppe-supplier-directory?page=2#no-back

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus/#find-ppe

Ontario's Economic Recovery Plan

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Additional Resources

  • Learn more about Stage 1 of reopening Ontario

https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-1-en-2020-05-14.pdf?_ga=2.37008036.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

https://files.ontario.ca/mof-detailed-list-stage-1-openings-en-2020-05-14.pdf?_ga=2.28996280.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province?_ga=2.95688088.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Find workplace safety guidance documents to prepare for reopening

https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace?_ga=2.90519070.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Information and advice to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses?_ga=2.2760244.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Provide your input on the economic impacts of COVID-19.

https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-economic-impacts-covid-19?_ga=2.2760244.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • See how your organization can help fight COVID-19

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus?_ga=2.69956884.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19?_ga=2.69956884.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

USEFUL LINKS

Canada's Economic Recovery Plan

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

If eligible, students can now apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) 

  • You cannot apply for CESB if you have already applied for CERB & EI. 
  • To check eligibility and to apply, see below: 

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-who-apply.html

Support for Businesses & CEWS 

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html?&utm_campaign=gc-fin-fin-covid-19economicemergplan-2021-0004-9968772463&utm_medium=search&utm_source=google-ads-100157175785&utm_content=text-en-433152654875&utm_term=cerb#businesses 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

May 18, 2020


Ontario Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable During COVID-19
 

Dear Neighbour,

In response to your input, the Ontario government is making the cost of prescription drugs more affordable. Effective May 13th, people enrolled within the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will have their co-payments waived until July 1, 2020 for any prescription of 30+ days that are dispensed. In addition, new or existing Trillium Drug Program households could also apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden this outbreak may have caused. 

During these unprecedented times, the Ontario government is doing everything they can to provide additional relief for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.  That's why the government is taking action to help ensure Ontarians continue to have access to the prescription drugs they need, without it being a source of stress or financial burden. 

Should a Trillium Drug Program household face an income change in 2019/2020 of 10 per cent or more compared to their 2018 income, they can apply to have their deductible recalculated by completing and submitting the Annual Deductible Re-Assessment Form 

Eligible households who are not currently enrolled in the Trillium Drug Program and have high prescription costs can also complete and submit an application

(http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=4&ENV=WWE&NO=014-3693-87E

and re-assessment form by e-mail or fax.

For additional help, please visit "Get help with high prescription drug costs" link

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-help-high-prescription-drug-costs?_ga=2.110861445.1654590459.1589653779-1641502178.1527286685

You should also inquire about delivery options regarding refills, 10 days prior to the end of your prescription.
Should you be unable to pick your prescriptions, please do not hesitate to contact my office and we will help you get it delivered. 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

May 17, 2020


Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award


Dear Neighbour,

 

Scarborough, May 16 - During these turbulent times, I have seen our community band together in response to COVID-19. A heartwarming number of our local businesses, organizations, and individuals have taken action to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. People are delivering groceries, hot meals, and medicine to their neighbours; businesses are donating PPE to our frontline workers and food to our food banks. Organizations are stepping up their efforts to assist the most vulnerable in Agincourt.

 

As a small token of my appreciation, my office has created the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award. It will recognize local residents who have stepped up to the plate and taken the initiative to help the vulnerable and needy.

 

If you or someone you know has contributed to the community in this manner, I encourage you to submit to our office their names and a brief description of their efforts. Please include a brief description of their achievement, name, address, email address, and phone number.

 

The weekly winner will receive a scroll of acknowledgement and a gift coupon to support our local business and economy.


On behalf of Scarborough-Agincourt, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all who are making a difference by helping local residents. Our frontline workers in our seniors' homes, food banks, and hospital have expressed their gratitude for the efforts made by our community members.

 

To learn more about how you can help your community during the pandemic, please feel free to contact my office.

 

Tel    416-297-6568  

Email aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org

Kind regards,

 

Aris Babikian, MPP
Scarborough-Agincourt

 

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

Apr 29, 2020


Dear Neighbour ,

Since my last newsletter, the government and I have been working tirelessly to safe guard the of health out seniors, protect front line healthcare providers, and other vulnerable population in our province. We are also working hard to ensure our small businesses survive, and that students finish their academic year and graduate. Many initiatives and policies were launched to achieve the above.

My office staff have been working hard six days a week answering your questions, securing and delivering much needed PPEs to institutions, and delivering masks to our most vulnerable residents. They truly have been with me since this crisis began. Their work and dedication has been a benefit to our community.

We have also been working with the Premier’s Office and members of the cabinet and relaying your concerns and questions to ensure you are heard at Queen’s Park.    

I was honoured to be called on April 14 to participate at the Legislative Assembly’s special session to extend the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. 

At the April 14 Legislative Assembly special session to extend the Declaration of Emergency by 28 days

 

Here is summary of latest policies and activities:

 

Education/ School Closures and Extension to Keep Students, Staff and Families Safe

As part of our efforts to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19, the Minister of Education decided to keep public schools closed until May 31.

  • Publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020.
  • To date, over 20,000 iPads have been sent to targeted families in need.
  • The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.
  • The Ministry of Education will replace the remainder of Professional Activity (PA) days and examination days with instructional time.
  • The introduction of an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading.

https://www.news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/04/school-closures-extended-to-keep-students-staff-and-families-safe.html?fbclid=IwAR0U2OWvaHiDeIa-VYjeA4aNBhhBVoxH75cGMvOZSaoPLhnP1Ncf9J6y808

Screenshot of Scarborough Health Network social media posting

 

Empowering Seniors

The Ontario government is delivering much-needed support to Ontario's most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19.

  • The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need.
  • Doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments
    • The double payments will continue for six months and provide an additional $75 million to 194,000 vulnerable seniors who may need more help to cover essential expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • GAINS provides a monthly, non-taxable benefit to low-income Ontario seniors. This payments is provided on top of the federal government’s Old Age Security pension and federal Guaranteed Income Supplement payments to ensure seniors have a minimum income level.
    • Payments are automatically doubled for current GAINS recipients ― no additional applications are required. Payments are issued on the 25th of each month, or the first business day prior if the 25th falls on a non-business day.
  • Starting April 24, individuals received up to $166 per month.
  • Couples will receive up to $332 per month.

Those without Internet access or who require service in a language other than English or French, can dial 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free). TTY service is also available by calling 1-888-340-1001.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-providing-additional-relief-to-the-provinces-most-vulnerable.html

Delivering masks to Sheppard Village's frontline healthcare providers

 

Ontario Ramping Up Protection for Long-Term Care Residents

In recognition of the dedication, long hours and increased risk of working to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is providing frontline staff with a temporary pandemic payment.

Those eligible to receive the payment will be staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.

This increase will provide:

  • Four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages.
  • In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month for each of the next four months.
  • This means that eligible employees working an average of 40 hours per week would receive an additional overall compensation of $3,560.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-supporting-frontline-heroes-of-covid-19-with-pandemic-pay.html

In Addition  

The Ontario government has developed a robust action plan with key measures to add critical new measures to prevent further outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care homes, including:  

  • Restricting long-term care staff from working in more than one long-term care home, retirement home or health care setting.
  • Aggressive Testing, Screening, and Surveillance: enhancing testing for symptomatic residents and staff and those who have been in contact with persons confirmed to have COVID-19; expanding screening to include more asymptomatic contacts of confirmed cases; and leveraging surveillance tools to enable care providers to move proactively against the disease.
  • Managing Outbreaks and Spread of the Disease: supporting long-term care homes with public health and infection control expertise to:
    • contain and prevent outbreaks;
    • provide additional training and support for current staff working in outbreak conditions.
  • Growing our Heroic Long-Term Care Workforce: redeploying staff from hospitals and home and community care to:
    • support the long-term care home workforce and respond to outbreaks,
    • intensive on-going recruitment initiatives.
  • Redeploying hospital and home care resources into homes.

https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-ramping-up-protection-for-long-term-care.html

Supplying 100 bags of pita bread to the Salvation Army Birchmount Community Food Bank

 

Ontario Enables Auto Insurance Companies to Provide Driver Rebates During COVID-19

The province has amended a regulation under the Insurance Act to help ease the financial pressure on working people and families during this public health crisis.

By amending this regulation insurance companies would be able to provide auto insurance premium rebates to consumers for up to 12 months after the declared emergency has ended.

  • Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to remove existing restrictions on rebating so auto insurers can provide additional consumer relief.
  • The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is an independent regulatory agency designed to improve consumer and pension plan beneficiary protections in Ontario. FSRA is responsible for monitoring compliance with and enforcing the Insurance Act and its regulations.

https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/04/ontario-enables-auto-insurance-companies-to-provide-driver-rebates-during-covid-19.html


 

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.

  • The Province’s $241 million investment in OCECRA is part of the $17 billion Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
  • OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months.

As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government has implemented a series of cash flow supports amounting to $10 billion to help support jobs and the economy, including:

  • Starting January 1, 2020, Ontario reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent.
  • Doubling the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020, cutting taxes by $355 million, benefiting roughly 57,000 employers;
  • Eliminating penalties and interest to businesses who miss filing or remittance deadlines for various provincially administered taxes for five months starting April 1, 2020, providing up to $6 billion in cashflow for about 100,000 Ontario businesses;
  • Postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021, providing stability for Ontario's property taxpayers;
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, providing municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses;
  • Implementing the new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit for businesses that make eligible capital investments in designated regions of the province where employment growth has significantly lagged behind below the provincial average.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-provides-urgent-relief-for-small-businesses-and-landlords.html

 Donating 2,500 pieces of N95 & KN95 masks, shields, and goggles to the Birchmount Hospital.

 

New $200 million Funding to Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals 

The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The province will be providing municipalities and organizations that administer social services with funding to support them in their response to COVID-19. The funding will help municipalities and social service agencies providers such as shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits continue to deliver their critical services, hire additional staff, and find ways to promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep clients safe and healthy. Ontario's municipal service managers will determine local needs and distribute the funding, ensuring clients are receiving the support they need.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-protecting-the-most-vulnerable-during-covid-19-crisis.html

 

Ontario Significantly Expands Hospital Capacity to Prepare for Any COVID-19 Outbreak Scenario

Ontario has significantly expanded hospital capacity in preparation for any COVID-19 outbreak scenario.

  • The province has added 1,035 acute care beds
  • 1,492 critical care beds
  • Taken steps to ensure hospitals have the staff available to care for a sudden surge in patients.
  • Ontario has a total of 20,354 acute care beds with a potential for an additional 4,205 more.
  • Of Ontario's 3,504 critical care beds, 2,811 are now equipped with ventilators, up from 1,319 when the outbreak first started.
  • Processing over 10,000 tests per-day

https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-significantly-expands-hospital-capacity-to-prepare-for-any-covid-19-outbreak-scenario.html

Our heartfelt appreciation to ARZ Fine Foods for its generous donation of 300 bags of pita bread to Scarborough food shelters

 

Province Calls for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19
Ontario Investing $20 Million to Advance Medical Research

  • A diverse field of COVID-19 research will be eligible for funding and may include, but is not limited to, researching the COVID-19 strain, developing a vaccine, enhancing testing procedures, or improving modelling tools to help track the virus.
  • In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities is supporting researchers currently conducting Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Award projects by allowing salary payments, changing reporting deadlines and extending projects that would have otherwise been completed before March 31, 2021.
  • Ontario is combatting COVID-19 by working with colleges to get trained paramedic students into the workforce to support frontline health care workers. Colleges will provide training opportunities and a streamlined path to early graduation and practice for paramedic students with valuable skills needed by the health care sector.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/province-calls-for-innovative-solutions-to-combat-covid-19.html

Other Initiatives

  • The province is investing $40 million in the Residential Relief Fund. The funding will assist developmental services, child welfare, victims shelters, and organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families with COVID-related costs, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced staffing.
  • In addition, the government is providing $148 million to municipal partners that administer social services with funding to support the province's most vulnerable as part of the province's $200 million in social services relief funding in response to COVID-19.


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

Apr 11, 2020


Dear Neighbors, 

In the last few weeks, our constituency office has been responding to your phone calls and emails. The inquiries have come from individuals, health care providers, long-term care centers, seniors' homes, and retirement institutions. In addition to your calls, I have personally reached out to a number of our non-profit organizations, social service institution, ethnic communities, faith groups, and ethnic media to find out how they managing, what are their needs, and how I can help. We can not ignore our small- and medium- size businesses which are very important stakeholders and are the backbone of our economy. 

My office has responded to your questions and concerns by phone and email. We endeavor to respond to your questions and concerns on the same day or within 24 hours. We cannot promise to have an answer to every question because the COIV-19 pandemic is unpredictable and changes from day-to-day if not by the hour. We are doing our best to help you. We have raised your concerns daily with various ministers and their staff to respond to you in a timely and efficient manner.  I kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we go through these difficult times.

Preparing mask packages for delivery

To keep our constituents updated with the latest COIVD-19 and Government of Ontario action plan to stop the spread of the virus, our office is publishing--twice-a-week--an electronic newsletter which we are sending by email to our constituents. If you would like to receive it please send us your email address at aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org.  

Delivering PPEs to SHN

The most challenging aspect of our work has been securing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front-line health care workers and the most vulnerable in our community. I am pleased to say that today I was able to secure 10,500 pieces of PPEs for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and 3,000 masks to various long-term care, seniors' homes, and retirement institutions. I would like to the take the opportunity to thank the following community organizations, businesses, and individual donors who made this effort possible.

Distributing masks to Vintage Garden seniors

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
Fuzhou ChangLe Guild of Canada
Investar Global Financial Group
Link Global Food Inc
Emily Law
Lynn Qi
Lei Cai

These donations reaffirm the drive by the Ontario Government and Premier Ford to mobilize the private sector to partner with governments at all three levels to help combat COVID-19. The donations also demonstrate that Ontarians, regardless of background, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and heed calls from the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Government to work together to defeat the COVID-19 scourge. Heartfelt acts like these show how the Ontario Spirit can bring communities together at these difficult times.

Handing masks to Tendercare retirement home 

On April 7, I participated, with four Scarborough-Agincourt elected officials, in a teleconference with our residents to hear their views, suggestions, and to answer their questions.

On April 1, I joined Minister Rod Phillip for a productive video teleconference to update National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada members on the most recent developments re COVID-19 and our government's plan to fight the pandemic and hear their concerns and suggestions.

Video conference with Minister Phillips    

In regard to my constituency office operations, we decided to reduce the presence of staff to one per day. The three staff members will be on duty on rotating days. Our office is closed for face-to-face meetings. We are answering your questions and requests by phone and email. The office hours have been reduced to Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00. The office is adhering to the government policy of social distancing and wearing protective equipment to make sure that everyone is safe and secure.

Generous PPEs donation from Fuzhou ChangLe Guild of Canada

I would like to issue an APPEAL  to our citizens and businesses to help me secure much-needed PPEs and other essential materials such as canned food and other grocery products to help our community's most needy. You may donate products or money to secure products.    

Finally, I am very much interested in hearing your views, comments, and concerns so that we can work together to address them.

If any of your friends or relatives would like to receive my twice-a-week electronic updates, please ask them to email me their email address at aris.babikianco@pc.ola.org. We will keep the address confidential and not share them with a third party.

You can also follow our daily updates on my website and social media.  

God Bless and Keep Safe.

Aris Babikian


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

Apr 04, 2020


Dear neighbours,

I know there’s anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has been affecting everyday life. I want to assure you, that the Government of Ontario is working tirelessly to monitor, prevent and respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. As the situation changes, day by day, hour by hour, the government will continue to monitor the outbreak and escalate our response as necessary. The health and well being of Ontarians is the top priority, here is a quick update on our actions so far.

 

Here are summary of the action plan

 

Public Gathering:

 

The Ontario Government issued a new emergency order on March 28th under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. This order is already in effect.

 

Protecting Workers:

 

The Government of Ontario has passed two legislations to protect workers in quarantine, isolation, or caring for family at home. The legislation will eliminate the need for a doctor’s note to take leave due to COVID-19, and provide job protection for employees who are unable to work because they are:

  1. Under medical investigation or supervision for COVID-19.
  2. Acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  3. In isolation or quarantine.
  4. Acting in accordance to the direction of Public Health Officials
  5. Directed by employer not to work.
  6. Providing care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 (e.g. school or daycare)

 

Securing Healthcare:

 

  • $3.3 billion additional funding in healthcare.
    • $2.1 billion in new and urgent funding to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak
    • $1.2 million to improve healthcare system
  • $341 million for additional acute care and critical care beds.
  • Securing 72 assessment centres, 1000 new acute care & 500 critical care beds.
  • Covered the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet OHIP coverage criteria.
  • Waived the 3-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage.
  • Added 1,600 more lines to expand access to Telehealth.
  • Ordering 10,000 ventilators and increasing testing capacity as we reduce the backlog of tests.
  • 13,000 health care workers have signed up to help our efforts to stop the spread!
  • Providing $12 million in emergency funding to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports for everyone in Ontario.

 

Education:

 

  • Public schools, private schools, and child care centres will remain closed until May 4.
  • To better equip students out of school and to engage them with educational activities the Ministry of Education has launched an e-learning initiative creating an online portal to study at home.

    For more information visit: ca/LearnAtHome https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

 

 

  • OSAP borrowers will not be required to make any OSAP loan payments between March 30 to September 30, 2020 and no interest will accrue on student loans during this time.
  • Our government is providing additional 25 million financial supports for colleges, universities, and indigenous institutes across the province to address campus specific needs.

 

Relief to Families and Business /Keeping Everyone Safe:

 

  • $3.7 billion in direct support for people and jobs.
  • Up to $10 billion available to ensure that businesses improve cash flow during this difficult time.
  • $1.5 billion Hydro relief via off-peak electricity rates.

  • Investing $200 million in social services to support their response for COVID-19.
  • Emergency order to combat price gouging in Ontario. Offenders will face stiff penalties and/or jail time.
  • Investing an additional $148 million in critical housing supports for our most vulnerable.
  • Extending validation periods for driver’s licences, health cards, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards that has expired as of March 1.

  • No new eviction orders will be issued until further notice. In addition, Sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of eviction orders.
  • Six Canadian banks (RBC, TD, BMO, Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank) will provide mortgage payment deferrals for up to 6 months.
  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for any Canadian returning from travel, including health care workers, whether they have symptoms or not.
  • Temporarily have exempted stores from local noise bylaws, allowing 24/7 deliveries.

 

Relief to Seniors/ Long Term Care:

  • Doubled the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payment to low-income seniors for six months.
  • Investing over $240 million to provide additional capacity in Long-Term Care homes.

 

 

  • Families of residents in Long Term Care can now call our ‘Family Support and Action Line.’ This line is available to LTC families, staff, residents, and the general public to call to receive information or raise concerns during COVID19.

 

Ontario Together Fund:

 

We announced new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to provide immediate support to businesses, researchers, and organizations, to team up with us to development of essential equipment and supplies to combat Covid-19 and find a made-in-Ontario solution that will change the way our province combats the spread of COVID-19.

 

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates Mar 30,2020

 


Dear Constituents

In response to COVIDE 19 threat, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency in the province. All organized public events of over 5 people are prohibited, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship in our society.

 

Essential services and essential needs such as grocery stores, pharmacies, manufacturing facilities, and public transit will be available to everyone. Our government has been in contact with our food producers and major suppliers. I want to assure you that necessary food and supplies will continue to reach grocery stores. There is no need to horde or over-stock grocery.

 

 

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, and the Ministry of Education have directed all publicly-funded schools in Ontario to close for an additional two weeks following March break. This means Ontario schools have been ordered to close from March 14 to April 6 (this policy might extended). Furthermore, the Minister of Education launched the “Learn at Home” initiative. For additional details, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

 

 

Legislation to protect workers during COVID-19 was unanimously passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The legislation will protect workers who are taking or may need to take unpaid leave during self-isolation or quarantine periods, or for those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures. The details of the policy are listed at:

 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/3/premier-ford-announces-job-protection-for-workers-during-the-covid-19-situation.html#

 

 

Our government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with employees and their families during these difficult and uncertain times. Your resilience, supported by coordinated action from all levels of government, is the bedrock of Ontario and Canada.

 

In addition, our provincial government has announced the first stage of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package, designating more than $304 million to increase capacity in hospitals, provide more tests and screenings through public health departments to further support and protect our frontline workers, first responders, and patients. The money will also support long-term care homes, residential facilities in development services, gender-based services, and protective care for children, and youth. In addition, more money will be allocated to protect seniors in retirement homes and support indigenous communities.

 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

 

 

We’re also extending the validity period for your driver and vehicle products and health cards to help reduce the number of people who visit these centres. Extensions also apply to driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, extending the due dates for medical or vision reports, among others. 

 

These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario. This extension will be in place until, based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, the situation improves.

 

 

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/ontario-extending-validation-periods-for-driver-vehicle-and-carrier-products-services-and-health-car.html

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/statement-by-minister-elliott-and-minister-mulroney-on-how-ontario-is-protecting-ontario-drivers-dur.html

 

All full-time DriveTest Centres and part-time Travel Point locations are closed. The closures will take effect March 23, 2020 until further notice. 

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/closure-of-drive-test-centres-in-response-to-covid-19.html

 

The Superior Court of Justice has cancelled jury panels for upcoming criminal and civil trials. Anyone who has received a summons for jury duty for an upcoming trial should not attend court.

 

 

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

COVID19-Updates Mar 25, 2020

 


Dear Constituents

Together We Will Defeat the COVID 19

Over the last number of days and weeks, I have heard from many concerned residents of Scarborough-Agincourt regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our community.

 

I can assure you that Ontario’s government is working around-the-clock to guarantee that every Ontarian is safe and that our citizens are protected and cared for at this uncertain time. We are leaving no stone unturned to Flatten The Curve. 

 

 

Ontario is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and local public health units to monitor and respond to this emerging situation. We should stand in solidarity with each other and try to overcome these trying times.

I look forward to working with the government to ensure that everyone in Ontario is safe and that we, as a province, manage this crisis together. Everyone should take comfort in knowing our highly-professional health-care providers are bringing their considerable experience to effectively monitor and respond to the crisis.

 

 

We can overcome the current difficult time only by banding together as a community and working to ensure that we defeat the outbreak. That’s the Canadian way. Accordingly, I appeal to everyone not to surrender to misinformation and fear. Let’s be considerate to our neighbours, seniors, children and the most vulnerable.

 

Regular electronic newsletter updates will follow.

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information

visit

Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated

every day, seven days a week,

at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca