Ontario: Provincial State of Emergency

Non-Essential Businesses Closed: The government has ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario starting March 24 at 11:59 p.m. The full list of essential businesses that may remain open can be found here.

Economic Aid: The Ontario government Employment Standards Amendment Act to ensure no Ontarian will need to worry about losing their job; and An Act to Amend the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to ensure groceries and other essential items are always stocked by allowing 24/7 delivery services.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update). The action plan includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and director support for individuals and jobs. The plan will also make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, while protecting jobs and household budgets. More details here.

Closures / Restrictions: The government has closed a broad range of businesses, and has limited public events to under 50 people.  List of closures can be found here

COVID-19 Countermeasures: The government announced the launching of Ontario Together, a website to help businesses work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19 through redeploying manufacturing capacity, and solicit ideas through the portalhere. The Premier announced a $300-million “first stage” relief package that is aimed at increasing containment efforts across the province. The provincial government will provideimmediate electricity relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use rates. The electricity prices will be held to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour for a 45-day period. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, has also issued a new directive for long-term care homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 that restricts residents from leaving a home for short visits with family and friends.