The Ontario Legislature reconvened with a quorum of 28 members of provincial parliament to pass the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act and to amend the Education Act, Planning Act, Developing Charges Act, Police Services Act and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act. The amendments to the Education Act will allow school boards to continue charging fees on new construction in order to retain a source of revenue for new school projects. The changes to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act will temporarily suspend student loan payments for OSAP borrowers and initiate a six-month interest-free moratorium on OSAP loans. For the full list of amendments, see here. Premier Doug Ford also announced that students will not be returning to school on May 4 as was previously communicated. School closures will be extended under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health; more details will be provided in the coming days.
Premier Doug Ford announced the extension of the province’s State of Emergency to support the province-wide response to COVID-19. The order has been extended for an additional 28 days.