May 8, 2020
May 22, 2020
New Ontario Tools Grant helps apprentices purchase tools, and forgives 
outstanding loans owed by apprentices for tool purchases made at the beginning of their careers. Read the press release.

May 6, 2020
Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Full details.

April 26, 2020
School closures extended to May 31

April 23, 2020

Those having a hard time reaching Service Canada who do not have their access code to report online can fill out a form to request Service Canada to call them.
Access the form online.

April 22, 2020
Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19​

WSIB announces First Aid training recertification extension to Sept. 30.

Recent Federal Government Changes: CERB expansions, temporary foreign worker support and new rent assistance
The federal government recently announced expanded CERB ($2,000 support) to include workers earning less than $1,000 a month, seasonal workers affected by COVID-19 and those whose EI has run out since January 1; that businesses who hire temporary foreign workers (TFW), the government will also give you $1,500 for each TFW to help pay for their 14 day quarantine; a new commercial rent assistance program has been proposed and will offer a combination of loans and forgivable loans to commercial property owners who dramatically reduce rent for commercial tenants. (Details to follow).

Prime Minister announces new support to protect Canadian jobs
The Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadian businesses and organizations keep their doors open, keep their employees on the payroll, and recover quickly when Canada bounces back from this crisis. Full details.

Ontario establishes key partnerships to make home learning more accessible
iPad with free Rogers wireless data will support learning at home

April 16, 2020
Ontario Enables Auto Insurance Companies to Provide Driver Rebates During COVID-19
Regulatory changes open the door for auto insurance rebates

Landscape Ontario update (April 16, 2020) Focus on safety

April 14, 2020
Landscape Ontario update (April 14, 2020)

Key step to take to access support programs: ​Get set up on direct deposit, if you aren’t already.​

Ontario posts more information on Infectious disease emergency leave

April 13, 2020
Landscape Ontario update (April 12, 2020)

April 11, 2020
Province extends Emergency Orders until April 23, 2020​

April 9, 2020
Province Prevents Operators from Charging Fees while Child Cares are Closed.

Landscape Ontario update (April 9, 2020)

WSIB provides entitlement guidelines for WSIB related claims for COVID-19.

Province Connects Volunteers to Community Organizations Supporting Seniors and People with Disabilities During COVID-19.

Some Canadians may have received duplicated EI and/or CERB benefit payments.
The government has announced they will be collecting back the over-payments within the next 5-7 business days.

April 8, 2020
Ideas for future business success wanted
Ontario’s government is collecting ideas for post-epidemic success at its Innovation Portal. Now is the time to submit ideas to benefit our sector and our province.

Marsh Insurance Are you at risk from a post-Covid scam?

April 7, 2020
EIO Solutions provides relevant information to communicate to your employees effectively, we have put together an Employee Government Program Download.
This download will help your employees ensure they have the up-to-date and correct information on the programs available to them and how to apply, if applicable.

April 7, 2020
WSPS website has a page dedicated to COVID-19

The page is now easily accessible from the home page and features checklists, information sheets and various sector specific resources.

April 6, 2020
Landscape Ontario member update (April 6, 2020)

WSIB has made a decision regarding COVID-19 related claims costs
"Costs associated with COVID-19 related claims will not be allocated at an employer or class level. Instead, they will be allocated on a Schedule-wide basis and there will be no change in premium rates for 2020." Additional information that can be found on the WSIB website.

April 3, 2020
Landscape Ontario member update (April 3, 2020)
Ontario Extends Business Closures 14 Days to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and announces updated essential workplace list.
Ministry of Labour gives workers in the construction sector an extra year to renew working at heights training 
Ministry of Labour update on changes to the Employment Standards Act related to COVID-19
CNLA launches national Action Centre page
Transport Canada guidance to protect drivers and employees working in commercial vehicle operations

April 2, 2020
Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19
The Ontario government is making it easier for everyone, especially those on the front lines, to reach out for mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak. To improve access, the province is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel. For more information go here.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Launch on April 6
Read the official announcement.
How to Apply, Questions and Answers

April 1, 2020
Landscape Ontario member update (April 1, 2020)

March 31, 2020 
Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak Closure of non-essential workplaces extends to April 13, 2020
Call for unneeded PPE to supply healthcare workers

March 30, 2020
Stay Home: Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
New support programs for individuals
How to access help during Covid-19
Federal and provincial assistance links compiled by Carleton University
Increased child care benefits
Improved access to Employment Insurance sickness benefits
How to apply for Employment Insurance (E.I.)

March 26, 2020
Landscape Ontario - Update

March 25, 2020
Landscape Ontario - E-news March 25, 2020 - Message from President Dave Wright

March 25, 2020
Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help workers and businesses

Province of Ontario
Job Protection For Workers During the COVID-19 Situation

Federal Resources for Workers
  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Child Benefit
  • Canada Student Loans
  • Passport services Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Employment Insurance
  • Record of Employment
  • Work-Sharing Program Labour Program and federally regulated workplaces

Staying Healthy

Conference Board of Canada
Mental Health and COVID-19 Video Series
Conference Board of Canada
How employers and employees should manage self-quarantines
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHA
Mental health tips amid COVID-19
Come Alive Outside 5x5 challenge during COVID-19
Managing anxiety around COVID-19
YouTube playlist for Workplace Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Helping children cope with emergencies

LO COVID-19 Resource Hub

For the latest News, see LO COVID-19 Resource Hub
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