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Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca. The City’s website has a tool that can translate pages into 51 different languages. 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisor

If you can’t find any answers, you can also email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca


Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.


Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) Portal

Questions about applying for CERB with CRA? You can find answers to common questions with this automated help line: 1-833-966-2099. 

Is any other income help available?

Yes, and here are two great resources to learn more:

Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University, has compiled a plain language guide to all federal and provincial income benefits to help people figure out which apply to their particular situation. 

East Scarborough Storefront has put together a summary of the financial support programs made available by the Government of Canada, including a section that speaks to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients, and a section on taxes.

May 29, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Reminder: Gardiner Expressway closure and accelerated road construction
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. The City asks residents to plan essential travel ahead, leave plenty of extra time and be patient. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/gardiner.

ActiveTO and Quiet Streets
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 while allowing for residents to be outside and get exercise, vehicle access on parts of some major roads will be closed for walking, running and biking again this Saturday and Sunday. The following major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, May 30 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 31 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Coxwell Avenue to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

A new online map is available to residents that shows locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and ActiveTO locations for residents (Quiet Streets and Major Weekend Road Closures only).

City of Toronto opens applications for Community Crisis Response Fund with updated COVID-19 criteria
Today, the City of Toronto opened applications for its Community Crisis Response Fund to help communities to respond to the impact of violent incidents and associated crises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of $200,000 is available through the Community Crisis Response Fund. There are two funding streams: general, and youth-led. In 2020, Toronto City Council allocated $2 million for youth violence prevention grants and an additional $100,000 to fund the creation of this new youth-led Community Crisis Response Fund. More information in the news release.

City parks, beach and amenities this weekend
The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. City park amenities open this weekend include:

  • picnic shelters
  • soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks
  • baseball diamonds and basketball courts
  • some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
  • off-leash dog parks
  • BMX locations and skateboard parks
  • City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
  • ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
  • fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing

If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff are working with public health officials on how the supervised swim program (i.e. lifeguards) could operate at Toronto beaches and the City will share more information when it becomes available. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard at the City’s beaches is not recommended.

Washrooms at Trinity Bellwoods Park will open this weekend, followed by a phased approach with the aim of opening all park washrooms over the next several weeks. Staff are working with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities.

Most parking lots in City parks are open this weekend. Three lots will remain closed: Sir Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside and Woodbine. High Park is closed to cars on weekends.

Physical distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Yesterday, the City of Toronto began adding painted physical distancing circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles roughly 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet apart. Each circle is large enough for two adults laying down or three adults sitting cross-legged.

If the park is crowded when people arrive and if no circles are available, people should visit a different park or come back later. Parks near Trinity Bellwoods Park include Stanley Park and Alexandra Park. Bickford Park, Art Eggleton Park, Christie Pits Park and Dufferin Grove Park are also close.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As of May 27 at 3 pm. there are 10,901 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 175 cases since the previous day. There are 372 cases in hospital, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,086 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 810 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.

This week, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 62 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued one ticket. Enforcement officers have spoken to more than 6,200 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 34 complaints about gatherings – no tickets were issues.

The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic, created by The Story of Stuff, takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.

Sign-up to receive a link to watch the documentary on your own time. And then join our team on Thursday, June 4 as we discuss the film and answer some of your questions about plastics and how we can move toward a zero plastic waste environment.

Ontario Nonprofit Network Webinar
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is creating engaging and informative webinars for the non-profit sector. Topics for upcoming webinars range from scenario planning and cash flow management to how lessons from previous crises can help us prepare for a post-COVID-19 world. You can find more details on each webinar and register for free by clicking on the links below.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

Prime Minister announces additional funding for health, economic, and social support for indigenous peoples and communities
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new funding to provide critical support to indigenous families and communities during this crisis. Based on needs that have been identified. The Indigenous Community support of $650 million: $285M to boost health-care resources, $270M to supplement on-reserve income assistance program, $85M towards shelters for women and children feeing violence and ongoing financial support, and more.
More information in the news release .

Support for small business tenants and landlords now available
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, has launched the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The province is committing $241 million to the program, which will provide more than $900 million in support for small businesses across Ontario during this difficult time.  To find out how much rent support you may be eligible for, visit Ontario.ca/rentassistance .

Toronto City Council approves property tax relief to help sustain live music venues
Yesterday, Toronto City Council approved recommendations to help address the unprecedented challenges threatening live music venues in Toronto. Council expanded the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclasses to provide property tax relief for live music venues. The new category will apply to live music venues that meet specific eligibility criteria. 

Toronto’s live music venues make a vital contribution to the city's economic, social and cultural life and these businesses need critical support in the face of ongoing pressures that threaten to close dozens of local venues – pressures that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information in the news release .

Volunteers NEEDED for Emmanuel Life Management Centre COVID-19 Emergency Food Bank
Emmanuel Life Management Centre will he handing out, hampers with groceries to residents and communities in need. Food delivery is also available for seniors, elders and person/s with disabilities. Compliance with physical distancing rules will continue and remain 6ft apart while being served.
Date/Time: Every Thursday from 4PM to 6PM
Location: 142 Chester Le Community Corner
Contact: Interested in VOLUNTEERING call Janel at 437-886-4694 9AM to 6PM Mon – Fri or Email elmc2010@hotmail.ca

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


May 28, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I would like to wish all those celebrating a Happy Shavuot to you and your family!

Update on City parks and beaches
The City’s coordinated enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Toronto beaches and parks provide many opportunities for recreation, a break from the daily routine, and for enjoying the calming effect of nature. Toronto beaches are open in the same way green spaces in parks have been open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff are working with public health officials in regard to how the supervised swim program (i.e. lifeguards) could operate at Toronto beaches and the City will share more information when it becomes available.

While visiting a beach or park, you must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Under the City’s physical distancing bylaw, any two people who don't live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a City park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket. Under the Province's Emergency Order, a social gathering or organized public event of more than five people is prohibited, unless everyone gathered together live in the same household.

If residents arrive at a park and find that it is overcrowded, the City encourages them to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

Washrooms at Trinity Bellwoods Park will open this weekend, followed by a two-week phased approach for the remainder of the parks.

Physical distancing circles pilot at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Starting today, the City of Toronto is adding painted circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. Known as physical distancing circles, the City’s pilot at Trinity Bellwoods Parks follows recent and well-received examples from other prominent cities including San Francisco and New York.

When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles – 8 feet wide and 10 feet apart – across popular areas of the 14.6-hectare Queen West park. The circles painted on grass should contain no more than five people, all from the same household. If a park is crowded when people arrive and if no circles are available, people should visit a different park or come back later. Parks near Trinity Bellwoods Park include Stanley Park and Alexandra Park. Bickford Park, Art Eggleton Park, Christie Pits Park and Dufferin Grove Park are also close.

New assistance to property owners impacted by COVID-19
Today, Toronto City Council approved a temporary deferral of property tax payments, without property owners having to incur late payment fees or penalties. City of Toronto property owners with a good payment history – those up-to-date on their tax payments as of March 2020 – can request additional time to pay their taxes without incurring interest and late fees for a six-month period effective June 1 to November 30, 2020. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, including a prolonged suspension of pay or loss of employment, excessive business revenue loss or business closure, or a pending business insolvency or bankruptcy. For more information, please visit toronto.ca/propertytaxhelp.

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service workers
Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers. The new child care centre is now open and is located at Blake Street Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. in the East York community.

Gardiner closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. The City asks residents to please plan your essential travel ahead, leave plenty of extra time and be patient. More information is available at toronto.ca/gardiner.

City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases
Yesterday, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful and take action to reduce virus spread.

The maps reflect where individuals live, and do not necessarily reflect where they were initially exposed to this virus. Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not necessarily safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Waste bin exchanges
As part of our phased approach to resuming services, 311 will now begin taking requests for waste bin exchanges, which were initially suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As of May 27 at 3 pm. there are 10,726 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 201 cases since the previous day. There are 367 cases in hospital, with 82 in ICU. In total, 7,944 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 800COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. The latest case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 109 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 10 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to more than 6,100 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 64 complaints about gatherings and police issued two gathering-related tickets.

ACORN’s Virtual Protest to Stop Rent Debt
Join ACORN members for a virtual protest to demand the government take action to stop us from accumulating rent debt by creating a rent break. Tenants all across Canada are scared about what's going to happen on June 1st. We're already hearing of landlords harassing tenants, giving fake eviction notices, and ignoring basic repairs. Meanwhile CERB is not enough to cover average rent in Toronto, or it barely leaves enough for food and other bills.
Join ACORN this Friday May June 29th at 1:00 PM to take action and demand the government listen to renters.

Please RSVP by replying to this email. You can join by phone or by computer. More details here: https://acorncanada.org/civicrm/event/info?id=2243

By phone: to dial in call 647 374 4685 then enter meeting ID 932 2171 9466 followed by #
By computer https://zoom.us/j/93221719466 

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (ESBGC) FREE LUNCH FRIDAYS!
The ESBGC will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot (100 Galloway Rd) this Friday, May 29! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. This weeks menu? Chili and Bread! (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

The opening of TRCA’s conservation area parks, golf facilities and seasonal campgrounds
Conservation Areas
I am pleased to inform you that effective Saturday, May 30, 2020 we will be ready to open our Conservation Areas and parking lots for passive use, walking, and hiking. Glen Haffy, Albion Hills, Heart Lake, Bruce’s Mill and Petticoat Creek Conservation Areas will be open to members of the public, for paid access, from 9am-6pm this weekend, and weekdays in June from 9am-7pm, and weekends from 9am-9pm. TRCA’s www.trca.ca/ will be updated with information on park re-openings beginning this Friday.

Golf Facilities
With the successful re-opening of Bathurst Glen Golf Course and Burce’s Mill Driving Range experienced last weekend, full season hours are looking to begin as early as possible next week. Again, TRCA’s www.trca.ca/ will be updated next week with this information.

Seasonal Camping
The Government of Ontario’s update List of Essential Workplaces gave permission for campsites to be made available to trailers and recreational vehicles. we will be opening both Albion Hills and Indian Line Campgrounds to those who qualify under the updated Order. This opening is dependent on bringing in a small number of staff next week to support the goal of opening to seasonal campers again beginning early June.

Kortright Centre for Conservation and Black Creek Pioneer Village
While TRCA’s education centres, including the Kortright Centre for Conservation and Black Creek Pioneer Village, remain closed to the public, staff are exploring opportunities to reopen these attractions in ways that engage local residents in natural and cultural heritage learning activities while also ensuring visitor safety. In the meantime, we are encouraging families to take part in TRCA’s #AtHomeWithNature and #VillageAtHome series on Facebook, along with other virtual programming, which are all listed on our website: www.trca.ca/events-calendar/.

Governments and international organizations come together to address economic challenges and sustainability
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, will convene world leaders and international organizations today in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate our global response to the significant economic and human impacts of COVID-19, and advance concrete solutions to the development emergency.

With more than 50 Heads of State and Government participating, the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond is the most inclusive gathering of countries to focus on the socio-economic recovery and financing needs from the pandemic. We must continue to coordinate these efforts to avoid a devastating impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. More information in the news release.

Ontario takes further action to protect seniors and staff in Long-Term Care Homes during COVID-19 outbreak
To further protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes, the Ontario government announced today that it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table. This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with issues related to staffing levels, infection management and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In April, an Incident Management System (IMS) structure was established to coordinate operational support to long-term care homes. The IMS table meets daily to organize efforts across multiple providers and government to make rapid decisions that support long-term care homes in need. Homes identified for support are those struggling to control outbreaks, complete infection prevention and control assessments, ensure appropriate staffing levels, have access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and complete the testing of all long-term care home residents and staff. More information in the news release.

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (ESBGC) FREE LUNCH FRIDAYS!
The ESBGC will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot (100 Galloway Rd) this Friday, May 29! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. This weeks menu? Chili and Bread! (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


May 27, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that there are now over 45,000 jobs available for young people on https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home .

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30.

City Council will meet using an online video conferencing platform. The public can view the live stream of the meeting at youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive . The full agenda, which includes urgent items only, can be found online at toronto.ca/council .

Waste bin exchanges
As part of our phased approach to resuming services, 311 will now begin taking requests for waste bin exchanges, which were initially suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311.

Reopening of all closed waste Drop-Off Depots
As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, waste Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) were closed to the general public. Recently, three of the City’s Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) were reopened to the public on Saturday mornings and two Drop-Off Depots were also opened on weeknights.

Beginning Monday, June 1, all Drop-Off Depots will reopen to the general public. They will operate on regular hours, with the exception of Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-Off Depots, which will only be open to the public on weeknights and Saturday mornings.
The hours for these will remain as follows:  
Bermondsey: Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 pm to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ingram: Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Registered account holders can continue to bring material at any time during operating hours. All locations will accept the regular list of materials including household hazardous waste. Compost pickup will not be available at any Drop-Off Depot. Please keep in mind: wait times may occur, cash will not be accepted. Face mask/covering is recommended, and practice physical distancing.

PPE and community-based agencies
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has received numerous inquiries over the last number of weeks with respect to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), requests for community-based agencies. In response to these requests and the dynamic status of donations, the City, in partnership with the United Way, has developed a community coordination plan – ten geographic clusters and three additional clusters have been established and are supported by cluster coordinators.

The EOC asks that any community agencies in need of supplies and/or services, including PPE, communicate those needs to their established cluster coordinator. The requests will be shared with the Toronto Office of Partnerships to identify potential donation matches and coordinate delivery of any available supplies. 

Digital Main Street program
The City of Toronto has expanded the Digital Main Street program to help local businesses develop or expand their online services during COVID-19 pandemic. Digital Main Street offers online tools, connections to trusted digital vendors, structured online learning and a Digital Service Squad who provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses grow and manage their operations through technology.

Local businesses can complete the Digital Main Street onboarding process and receive their free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/toronto/

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service workers
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers. The new child care centre is now open and is located at Blake Street Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. in the East York community.

Gardiner closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. More information at toronto.ca/gardiner

Access to public washrooms and showers
The City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services.

Starting at the end of day Thursday, May 28, Commander Recreation Centre/Arena and Malvern Recreation Centre/Arena will be transitioned out and staff from these centres will begin preparation to open the Amesbury Arena. This facility will open on May 31 and will offer access to washrooms, showers and water. For up-to-date locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this site .

City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases
Today, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful and take action to reduce virus spread.

The maps reflect where individuals live, and do not necessarily reflect where they were initially exposed to this virus. Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not necessarily safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform here .

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,525 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 152 cases since yesterday. There are 356 cases in hospital, with 84 in ICU. In total, 7,814 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 187 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 780 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform here .

Enforcement update
The COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and proactively patrol parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to maintain physical distancing. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place as necessary.

Yesterday, the City received 217 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 17 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to nearly 6,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 64 complaints about gatherings and police issued 13 gathering-related tickets.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic

GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

Guildwood Extendicare 
Toronto Public Health response from the evening of May 26 regarding Guildwood Extendicare:

The Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH) team is aware of the concerns raised.  The manager assigned to this facility along with our Associate Medical Officer of Health, met with the Local Health Integration Network, the Scarborough Health Network and the home’s management this afternoon to review outbreak control measures and requirements.  Toronto Public Health representatives brought forward the concerns raised below (confidentially), specifically the improper disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The facility’s management acknowledged they are aware of the issue and confirmed they are addressing the matter by providing additional training to staff and by having the ground crews and cleaning staff clean up any debris around the property including improperly discarded PPE. 

In addition to our LTCH Team raising the concerns directly with the facility during the meeting this afternoon, we also sent a COVID-19 Inspection and Enforcement Inspector to Guildwood Extendicare facility at approximately 330pm to assess and observe the situation (exterior).  There was no protest taking place and no PPE debris observed on the grounds.  The Inspector circled the property and observed a grounds crew working on the facility's landscaping, including general cleanup/maintenance of the property.

Toronto Public Health, along with key health partners will continue to work with the facility on outbreak management to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus.  We will recommend that the facility remind employees of infection prevention and control best practices including not wearing soiled work uniforms when visiting public places.  

Please share that TPH welcomes on-going feedback, and encourages anyone who has concerns to call our COVID-19 hotline at: 416-338-7600 (between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week).  Concerned parties can also send us an email at:  publichealth@toronto.ca.  Concerns or complaints are treated as confidential and we will be happy to assess, review and take appropriate action. 

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30.
City Council will meet using an online video conferencing platform. The public can view the live stream of the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s At Home with Nature series
Join the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s At Home with Nature series. On May 28 at 2pm, they will be broadcasting live from The Meadoway. A leading expert in restoration, Katie Turnbull, will take us on a tour to visit a section of the project that is just getting underway. From oats to machines, we’ll look beneath the Gatineau hydro corridor to see what it takes to create a thriving meadow.

Cooling Centres during Heat Relief
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. Starting today, six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Read more in the news release.


May 26, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Cooling Centres during Heat Relief
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. Starting today, six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Read more in the news release.

Second Phase of the Housing Now initiative released
The release of the Phase Two sites of Housing Now was announced today, a signature initiative to increase the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income, mixed-use and transit-oriented communities on City-owned lands across Toronto. This second phase of the Housing Now initiative is expected to create between 1,455 to 1,710 new residential units.

Housing Now is a key component of the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan (HousingTO) and contributes towards the City's target of approving 40,000 affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes over the next 10 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an even greater number of residents experiencing housing challenges while also underscoring the importance of having a home in order to practice physical distancing and self-isolation. More details on Phase Two of the Housing Now Initiative can be found in the staff report. Read more in the news release.

Access to public washrooms and showers
The City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services.

Starting May 24, the following three new facilities opened to the public: Lamport Stadium, Demenico DiLuca Community Centre and Albion Arena, all providing access to washrooms, showers and water.

Service transition: Starting at the end of day Thursday, May 28, Commander Recreation Centre/Arena and Malvern Recreation Centre/Arena will be transitioned out and staff from these centres will begin preparation to open the Amesbury Arena. This facility will open on May 31 and will offer access to washrooms, showers and water.

For up-to-date locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this site.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,373 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 161 cases since yesterday. There are 365 cases in hospital, with 89 in ICU. In total, 7,627 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 118 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 768 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 134 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 11 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to almost 5,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 71 complaints about gatherings and police issued three gathering-related tickets.

Canada Student Emergency Benefits and Pandemic Pay Webinar
West Scarborough Legal Services is hosting a webinar on the topic of Canada Student Emergency Benefits and Pandemic Pay. The webinar will be held on Monday June 1st, 2020 from 2-3PM. Register here.

Expanded eligibility for Canada Emergency Business Account
The Government of Canada announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account program to include many owner-operated small businesses. More information on this can be read in this news release.

Information on financial supports and other COVID-19 related matters in multiple languages
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship has translated 10 questions and answers about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into multiple languages so that people can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with. This link also includes some information regarding the Canada Child Benefit in 10 common languages other than English and French. Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources related to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.


May 25, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Heat Relief 2020
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) today issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. ECCC issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher.

The City’s Heat Relief Strategy has been updated for the 2020 hot weather season, in response to COVID-19, to ensure that emergency heat relief opportunities are available and accessible to those who may need it. Many facilities that were part of the City’s 2019 Heat Relief Network of cool spaces across Toronto are closed due to COVID-19. For this reason, the City’s plan for heat relief this year has been modified and includes a select number of Emergency Cooling Centres that will open across Toronto during Heat Warnings.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Help residents keep cool: Toronto Heat Bylaw
The Heat Bylaw states that all landlords are responsible for providing heat to a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius from September 15 to June 1. However, there are periods during spring when unseasonably warm weather can cause the indoor temperature of units to rise above this temperature without additional heat. Landlords can turn off the heat in rental units, if the weather outside means that the building is 21 degrees Celsius without heat. More information about the heat bylaw is available at toronto.ca/heatbylaw .

Paramedic Services Week 2020
May 24-30, 2020 is Paramedic Services Week in Canada. This celebration is held each year to recognize the contributions of these vital public servants who help maintain a safe and healthy city for all Torontonians. Today, we acknowledge the staff of Toronto Paramedic Services including those on the frontlines and behind the scenes, who ensure that when any member of the public calls 9-1-1 for medical assistance, they receive superior and compassionate paramedic-based health care, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Waitlist for businesses requiring licenses and/or permits from the City of Toronto
In March, following advice from the Medical Officer of Health and in support of the City of Toronto’s coordinated response to COVID-19, the City suspended a number of City services to ensure the continued delivery of critical services and protect the health of City staff and residents. The issuing of new business licences and renewal of existing licences by the City of Toronto has been suspended since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) understands the anxiety business owners are experiencing and is making plans to resume licensing activities as part of the City’s recovery and rebuild efforts. A waitlist has been created for businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto. Businesses that are on the waitlist will be contacted directly by MLS staff, in order of registration, with information about next steps in online licensing and resumption of services. Businesses wishing to be added to the waitlist can email mlsapplication@toronto.ca . More information on business licensing and application requirements is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/permits-licences-bylaws/ .

Non-emergency bylaw enforcement and investigation services remain suspended, including service requests related to enforcement of bylaws governing licensed businesses. Information on City services can be found online: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/ .

Last Pothole Blitz of May
Yesterday, City of Toronto crews repaired 6,807 potholes and addressed 168 requests for pothole repairs during the last of three weekend pothole blitzes planned in May.

Reminder: Face coverings or non-medical masks strongly recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. While wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from COVID-19 and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing.

Toronto Public Health partnering with COVID-19 Near You
Toronto Public Health is partnering with COVID Near You to monitor the frequency of COVID-like symptoms in Toronto. COVID Near You relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking you to take a few seconds to report if you or your family members have been healthy or sick.

Toronto Public Health is asking residents to help them learn how symptoms of COVID-19 may be moving through our community by completing a short survey about their current symptoms. A link to the COVID Near You survey can be found on the Reduce Virus Spread page.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,212 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 177 cases since yesterday. There are 377 cases in hospital, with 91 in ICU. In total, 7,509 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 112 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 761 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/ .

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Yesterday, the City had a greater number of bylaw and police officers at Trinity Bellwoods Park throughout the day educating residents about physical distancing and proper use of the park. This strategy was successful, and although many people enjoyed the park, there was not a repeat of Saturday. If a park is crowded when residents arrive, we encourage them to visit a different park, or come back later.

To assist residents with physical distancing, the City is exploring the use of circles painted on the grass, as has been successful in other jurisdictions. This will be piloted in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this measure and may expand it to other destination and high traffic parks in Toronto.

No public ferry access to Toronto Island Park
There is no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park. New federal regulations limit the number of individuals on a ferry in order to reduce crowding and limit the potential for virus transmission. The ferry will continue running for Island residents only.

Online Webinar for Retail Businesses, May 28, 2020
The City’s Economic Development division is working with Toronto Public Health on a number of resources to assist businesses as they work to re-open. Part of that work includes guidelines and best practices for various sectors. This Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City is hosting a free webinar about government guidelines and recently created City programs to support main street and retail businesses. Register for the event here.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that applications are now being accepted for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75% for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50% of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25% and the property forgiving at least 25%. For more information please read the full news release .

COVID-19 Local Assessment centres
If you or someone you know would like to be tested, you're asked to visit one of the local testing centres closest to you. For a list of available locations, click HERE

Guildwood Extendicare
COVID-19 outbreak at Guildwood Extendicare.  Since the outbreak was declared at this facility, Toronto Public Health (TPH) assigned an investigator to work with the home to provide guidance and recommendations on outbreak control measures, in accordance with provincial guidelines.  These measures include, but are not limited to:

    • Posting outbreak notification signs at the entrance and on outbreak affected units
    • Ensuring droplet contact precautions in place, meaning staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing direct care residents
    • Testing all residents and staff on outbreak affected floors /units, including staff and residents not displaying symptoms (asymptomatic), in accordance with the provincial directive on COVID 19 testing
    • Ensuring COVID-19 positive residents are isolated with COVID-19 positive residents on the affected outbreak floors/units
    • Conducting daily screening of staff (twice a day)
    • Restricting admissions, readmissions and visitations (some exceptions for essential visitors)
    • Increased surveillance and enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection
    • Physical distancing measures are in place, and the cancellation of all communal activities

Toronto Public Health is also investigate all outbreak associated positive cases of COVID-19 and close contacts, and provide the facility with COVID-19 test swabs.  With respect to testing at this facility, please note that universal/mass testing of all residents and staff has been conducted twice (April 23, 2020  and May 15, 2020).

To further assist with bringing this outbreak under control, local health care partners including the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) have joined TPH in supporting this facility.  Specifically, the SHN has conducted infection prevention and control (IPAC) online and onsite training with all staff; and performed an IPAC assessment, an environmental assessment and a health and safety assessment. The LHIN is providing staffing support at this facility, and as of May 21, 2020, Public Health Ontario also conducted an additional IPAC assessment.  

Toronto Public Health will continue to support this long-term care home through the outbreak and remains engaged with local health care partners who are also involved.  These are extraordinary times and we appreciate the desire for more information. Please be assured our focus is managing this pandemic and supporting our healthcare partners in managing institutional outbreaks, especially because this affects our most City’s vulnerable – our parents, grand-parents and loved ones.  This is why we also continue to remind people to stay home to protect our essential workers so that they can continue to protect us and our loved ones.

If you require further information please contact your Provincial Member of Parliament for further updates. Mitzie Hunter MPP mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

City of Toronto ActiveTO cycling network plan proposes 40 kilometres of expanded and accelerated routes
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that a City of Toronto staff report scheduled for consideration by City Council later this week proposes that key parts of the cycling network be expanded, through accelerated installation of routes in the council-approved Cycling Network Plan, as part of the ActiveTO program.

During the April 30 Toronto City Council meeting, staff were requested to look at more active transportation as a crucial part of the city’s COVID-19 restart and recovery and in anticipation of changes in traffic patterns. For more information please read this news release.

Full Closure of Markham Road at Hwy 401
Please be advised that as part of the Ministry of Transportation’s ongoing construction project, Markham Road Northbound and Southbound will be fully closed at Highway 401 from May 30, 2020 at 10:00PM to May 31, 2020 at 10AM for Markham Road Bridge deck removal.

During the full closure, Markham Road Southbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Eastbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Northbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue-Detour 25.

During the full closure, Markham Road Northbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Southbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue- Detour 24.

Please see this map for more details. 

Toronto Zoo Scenic Drive-Thru Now Open!
This weekend, the Toronto Zoo officially opened to public the new Scenic Drive-Thru experience. With a sell-out crowd of over 700 cars expected on its first day of full operations, a number of VIPs were on hand to officially open and welcome the eager Zoo guests. The new Scenic Safari driving route will allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometres route which takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Check out http://www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari/ for details.

Guests must pre-purchase their tickets by booking their drive-thru time online at torontozoo.com. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT.  New dates/tickets will be available soon, watch torontozoo.com for updates and ticket information.


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