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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for April 1, 2021

Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake
 
All 34 Public Health Unit Regions to Move into Shutdown
 
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province.


The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

I know how difficult this decision is for many of our small businesses. The government’s top priority is to protect your health and safety, and we have to stop the variants that threaten our ICUs and health care system.

During this period of shutdown, the following rules will be implemented:
  • Restricting social gatherings to your household and outdoor gatherings to 5 people.
  • Limiting in-person shopping to 50% at essential retail and 25% of other retail.
  • No personal care services.
  • No indoor/outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only.
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions.
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
A full list can be found here: 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown
 
Ontario Schools will remain open, as indicated by the Education Minister on April 1.
 
With more than $1.6 billion invested to protect against COVID-19, schools remain safe for students and staff. Keeping schools open is critical to the mental health and well-being of Ontario youth. During the emergency shutdown, schools will remain open for in-person learning with strict safety measures in place. The spring break will continue as planned for the week of April 12. In order to support working families, child care will remain open during the shutdown. Child care settings will continue to adhere to stringent health and safety measures so that they remain safe places for children and staff.

Please know that my office is here to support you, your family, and your business during this time by phone or email.
Ontario Expanding Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccinations to Markham-Stouffville and York Region for those 55+
 
The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021.  

Locations in our riding include:

 
  • Stouffville IDA Pharmacy - 6212 Main St. Suite 102, Stouffville
  • Metro Pharmacy - 5612 Main Street, Stouffville
  • Drug Store Pharmacy - 9305 Highway 48, Markham, ON
  • Dales Pharmacy - 377 Church Street, Markham, ON
  • Morelli's Pharmacy - 98 Copper Creek Drive, Markham

Book your appointment by visiting:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
Province Doubles Support for Parents With New Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit
 
The Ontario government is providing parents with $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs.
 
The government is automatically providing this round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, and they can expect money to begin flowing on April 26, 2021. Parents who did not apply for or receive the Support for Learners program can apply for the new funding starting May 3 with a deadline of May 17.
 
Parents will receive $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12 and $500 for children and youth 21 years old or younger with special needs, doubling the $200 and $250 received in the last round. This brings the government's direct support to parents since the start of the pandemic to more than $1.8 billion. 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60960/province-doubles-support-for-parents-with-new-ontario-covid-19-child-benefit
Small Business Grant Update

 
As announced in Budget 2021, to help small businesses, Ontario is providing a second round of Ontario Small Business Support Grant payments to eligible recipients. Approximately 120,000 small businesses will automatically benefit from an additional $1.7 billion in relief through this second round of support in the form of grants of a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 — bringing the estimated total support provided through this grant to $3.4 billion.
 
Visit this site for more details:
 
https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

Easter Greetings
 
I want to wish everyone in Markham-Stouffville a Happy Easter. While this Easter will look different than others, I hope you are surrounded with your family at home as we work to stop COVID-19.
Constituency Office Services
 
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver's Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction.

Due to the risk of COVID-19, our office is open by appointment only. Should you require any assistance, please email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org or call 905-642-2588. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Our office will be closed for Good Friday (April 2nd) and Easter Monday (April 5th).


To reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario, a number of provincially-issued documents have extended expiry dates until further notice. Please click here for further information. 

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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