Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

COVID19 - Bulletin – March 31, 2020 - Wage Subsidies, Rent, Physical Distancing

Published on March 31, 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope your week is off to a good start and you were able to enjoy your weekend. It is important to keep ourselves strong, and keeping our morale up is a big part of that.

As we are approaching a critical week in the fight against COVID-19, here are some highlights. 

The Prime Minister fleshed out his wage subsidy program for businesses bringing the subsidy up to 75% of wages for businesses that have been hit hard. The hope is to avoid people being laid off and ensuring they have the funds required to hold things together until the crisis is over. Summary in this Global article: 

https://globalnews.ca/news/6750050/justin-trudeau-coronavirus-wage-subsidy/

The Ontario NDP came out with a plan to put a four month moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. The plan includes a provision for a rent subsidy for those who have lost income, providing them up to 80% of rent to a maximum of $2500. This applies to residential and commercial rents. In addition we have proposed a rent freeze so people won’t have to contend with rent increases during the crisis.  People need to feel that they won’t lose their home or business.  Further, small landlords need to know that they won’t face a cash crunch that could force them to sell. We have asked the Ford government to implement this as soon as possible. You can see details here:

https://www.ontariondp.ca/news/people-need-rent-subsidy-get-through-covid-19-horwat

The risk of disease transmission increases dramatically when people aren’t physically distancing from each other. The Premier stated that ongoing failure to physically distance could lead to much tougher legal measures to keep people apart in the near future.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a statement asking people who were 70 or over, or were immune compromised, to isolate themselves – see the statement here:

https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/statement-from-the-chief-medical-officer-of-health.html

We are at a critical point if we want to keep this pandemic in check, please protect yourselves and your families.

Take care, stay home (if you can) and wash your hands,

Taras