Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Information for Constituents

Regular COVID-19 Updates

I am sending out regular dedicated updates on COVID-19, with a focus on providing the information and answering the questions that University-Rosedale residents are asking of me and my team.

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Here are the recent updates that were sent, as well as a summary of their contents:

Wednesday September 23 Update

  • I introduced a bill to protect tenants from illegal evictions, including renovictions 
  • Ford’s rent freeze legislation is a good start, but Bill 204 could do more to protect renters
  • Ban on commercial evictions extended to October 31st
  • NDP demands developers pay their fare share and help the TDSB fix schools
  • Doug Ford blocks NDP motions calling for class caps of 15
  • I raise your concerns about the chaotic start to the school year
  • Now is the time to follow public health guidelines

Tuesday September 15 Update

  • Share your thoughts on the return to school using my online survey
  • I am calling for more testing sites as kids go back to school, lines grow
  • Toronto now requiring short term rentals to register with the city
  • U of T reopening plan generates controversy 
  • Temporary bike lanes are a welcome addition, but need to be permanent  
  • Time to turn city golf courses into parks and more  

Wednesday September 2 Update

  • Education townhall tomorrow
  • NDP Calls on Ombudsman to assess school readiness  
  • NDP urges Ford to extend ban on commercial evictions, expand support for small business
  • Ontario is allowing residents in group homes to leave for short absences and overnight stays
  • More is needed to ensure pandemic relief for post-secondary students
  • Nonprofits and arts industry struggle to reopen because of insurance barriers
  • Special Investigations Unit makes decision in the death Regis Korchinski-Pacquet
  • Federal government announces changes to EI and CERB
  • Friday’s for Future Toronto planning a socially distanced sit-in for September 25
  • Catching up with GreenPAC to talk about a Green New Deal
  • Nominations for Ontario’s first Poet Laureate now open

Thursday August 20 Update

  • Four Ways To Advocate For Safe Schools in September and sign-up for my “Get Active for a Safe September” Townhall on September 3rd 
  • Premier Ford demands municipalities look into replacing bus service with privatized cars in order to receive transit funding
  • Ford Government must act on OHRC Report and address deadly Anti-Black racism in policing
  • COVID19 should move Ontario to improve migrant farmworkers rights
  • Masjid Toronto Mosque has been the target of six hate crimes in the last three months
  • Funding for nonprofits to recover from COVID19 is now available
  • The Polish Combatants' Association Branch 20 (206 Beverley Street), is looking for your support

Wednesday July 29 Update

  • Ontario releases its COVID-19 back to school plan
  • Ontario releases its child care plan for September
  • Funding for transit, municipalities is coming, but when and how much?
  • Stage 3 for Toronto is coming, but bars and restaurants remain a concern
  • Visitation rights to long term care homes remain an issue
  • Ford permits 18-hour a day construction, causing distress

Friday July 24 Update

  • An update on our office hours
  • Time to make schools safe for a fall reopening
  • Child care centers are struggling to open
  • Bill 184 passed, what’s next for tenants?
  • New information on long-term care outbreaks and under-staffing
  • Ontario: it’s time to fund transit
  • Restriction of travel across Canada-US border continues

Friday July 17 Update

  • Pushing for a safe return to school
  • Bill 195, keeping emergency powers after the state of emergency is over
  • Bill 197, a “COVID-19 recovery” omnibus bill
  • Bill 184, the “Eviction Bill”
  • Federal government pledges funding to cities, paid sick leave
  • Moving towards a Stage 3 reopening plan
  • Important changes to long-term care, including visitation, funding and air conditioning
  • Child care cap increases to cohorts of 15
  • Declaration of Emergency extension sought until July 24
  • Latest in Toronto recreation reopenings
  • All city-led and permitted events in Toronto cancelled through Sept. 30

Friday July 10 Update

  • Economic Recovery Act does nothing to help families, small businesses, or cities recover
  • Cloth masks now required in all indoor public places
  • We are demanding a plan for Ontario’s schools to reopen safely and full-time
  • Evictions may begin as early as August 1
  • Bill 175 passes, advocacy for seniors must continue
  • Forcing migrant workers to continue working after testing positive for COVID-19 is unacceptable
  • Join the University-Rosedale virtual townhall on a green and just recovery this Monday
  • Toronto’s heat warning continues
  • Bill 171, the transit bill, passed on Tuesday
  • Toronto needs funding from the provincial and federal governments
  • Free online health and safety training available
  • New bill addresses health impacts of climate crisis
  • Ontario courts to resume in-person sittings

Tuesday June 30 Update

  • Major delays in Ontario transit projects
  • Virtual townhall on a green and just recovery
  • Appear during the Finance Committee’s review of COVID-19 
  • Action needed to protect migrant workers
  • Toronto City Council puts forward policing recommendations
  • Toronto's homelessness emergency 
  • Learn where to stay cool
  • Pools are open!
  • City council votes to make masks mandatory indoors
  • Canada Student Service Grant Program

Wednesday June 24 Update

  • What should school in September look like?
  • City of Toronto moving to Stage Two of reopening
  • Calling for an end to police violence and investing in Black, Indigenous and racialized people’s lives
  • Exposure notification app to be launched
  • Emergency Orders extended
  • Moratorium on commercial evictions now in effect
  • Immediate action needed to protect migrant workers
  • Ontario Government announces new math curriculum
  • Face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC
  • New funding available for Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses
  • Additional federal announcements

Wednesday June 17 Update

  • Social circles of up to 10 people now allowed
  • Act now to ensure child care reopens safely and affordably
  • A phased approach to reopening city-run child care
  • Toronto is in financial trouble
  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended for another two months
  • New data dashboard shows where we are in fight against COVID-19
  • Masks to become mandatory on the TTC
  • Temperature screenings now required for air travel
  • Advocating to prevent all commercial evictions during COVID-19
  • Key provisions of the Environmental Bill of Rights reinstated
  • New guide for employers on developing a workplace safety plan
  • Launch of SwimTO to help Torontonians access water this summer
  • New guidelines released for weddings and funerals
  • Culture and heritage sector up next in the Finance Committee’s review of the impact of COVID-19 on Ontario’s economy
  • Pandemic pay continues to be delayed
  • Pushing for transparency in important COVID-19 provincial decisions
  • City of Toronto working on a plan to reopen farmers' markets

Friday June 12 Update

  • Child care centres can open today, but will they?
  • The province’s plan for Stage Two of reopening
  • New rules for social gatherings and places of worship
  • Visiting access to senior homes will change on June 18
  • Federal government changes international travel rules
  • Recognizing Indigenous History Month
  • A big win for commercial tenants
  • No one should be evicted because of a pandemic
  • Ontario will appeal ‘extreme intoxication’ defense
  • New safety guidelines released for public transit
  • Plan for post-secondary education to resume in-person
  • Ontario lifting 30-day supply limit on prescriptions
  • Summer day camps allowed to open
  • Provincial parks opening up gradually
  • Expanded patio and outdoor dining coming soon
  • New City of Toronto COVID-19 Resource Map

Friday June 5 Update

  • Speaking out against Bill 184, and for tenants' rights
  • Anti-Black racism is a public health crisis
  • Expanded access to testing
  • Municipalities continue to face funding crisis
  • New Ford Bill sets the stage for privatization of long-term care
  • Ombudsman investigates long-term care
  • Transit delays and Bill 171, the Building Transit Faster Act
  • New electricity rates
  • Toronto Public Library to begin curbside drop-off and pick-up services
  • State of Emergency extended until June 30
  • Park washrooms to reopen
  • New requirements at Toronto Pearson Airport
  • Backcountry camping reopens at Ontario Parks 

Thursday May 28 Update

  • Standing up for residents in long-term care
  • Increase in COVID-19 cases and a new directive for testing
  • Data and map of COVID-19 hot spots
  • We need a New Deal for Toronto
  • Speaking out against Bill 184, and for tenants' rights
  • Emergency order extended
  • Commercial rent support program now open for applications
  • New hotline offering financial planning advice to small businesses and not-for-profits
  • New cycling network approved
  • Pandemic pay still hasn't arrived, has gaps
  • Ontario Emergency Benefit extension

Thursday May 21 Update

  • Classes cancelled for the rest of the year
  • Additional education updates
  • Testing continues to lag
  • Masks are now recommended
  • I speak out for small businesses at Queen’s Park
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended
  • OSAP application process now open
  • Border to remain closed
  • Some park amenities to open this weekend
  • Recognizing Personal Support Workers
  • Watch our townhall on Work in the Time of COVID-19

Friday May 15 Update

  • I’m hosting a “Work in the time of COVID-19” townhall
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit is now open
  • More workplaces to reopen on May 19
  • One-time Tax-Free Payment for Seniors
  • May 15 is lockout day for small businesses
  • Watch our townhall on Long-term Care
  • New COVID-19 testing guidelines
  • New list of PPE suppliers
  • Government can now take over LTC facilities
  • COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for OW and ODSP recipients has been extended
  • ODP prescription fees are being reduced
  • Quiet streets are coming

Monday May 11 Update

  • Long-term care online townhall
  • We need a public inquiry into long-term care now
  • Pandemic pay website released
  • What is Ontario’s plan to resume surgeries and non-COVID health care?
  • Electricity rate relief extended until May 31
  • Ontario eases restrictions on certain businesses
  • Provincial parks begin opening today
  • Rising incidents of Anti-Chinese and Anti-Asian racism

Tuesday May 5 Update

  • Some seasonal businesses to reopen
  • Disabled people demand more support
  • Cycling in the time of COVID-19
  • One-time increase to Canada Child Benefit
  • Eligibility expansion for emergency child care
  • Here’s the latest on access to pandemic pay
  • PPE issues in LTC homes continue
  • Access to sanitation and washroom services for vulnerable population

Wednesday April 29 Update

  • Ontario releases initial plan to reopen economy
  • New pandemic top-up pay for front line workers
  • Watch our online town halls on COVID-19 and Housing
  • Save Small Business
  • New BusinessTO Support Centre
  • Feds release commercial rent assistance plan
  • City opens up some roads to pedestrians
  • Schools closed until May 31
  • Ontario’s nurses win victory for more worker protections
  • Community gardens now permitted

Monday-Tuesday, April 27-28 - Townhalls on COVID-19 and Tenants Rights

  • These townhalls featured a Q&A with an infectious disease specialist and a housing lawyer
  • Information and links to watch the townhalls available here

Wednesday April 22 Update

  • Join our online townhalls this coming Monday and Tuesday
  • New Canada Emergency Student Benefit
  • Ontario taking CERB money from people on social assistance is wrong
  • The Government should take over vulnerable LTC homes
  • We need race-based data collection now
  • New fund for community organizations
  • The Federal wage subsidy program opens April 27
  • Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network

Friday April 17 Update

  • Declaration of Emergency extended, schools closed until May 4
  • Long-term care homes need help now
  • Protecting people experiencing homelessness
  • Post-secondary students need more help
  • The Federal CERB program is expanding
  • Federal wage boost for essential workers
  • Changes to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
  • Advocating for CERB applicants receiving ODSP or OW
  • Donate to help the City tackle COVID-19



  • 紧急状态延长,学校关闭延至54
  • 长期护理机构亟需帮助
  • 保护无家可归人群
  • 高校学生需要更多帮助
  • 联邦CERB紧急补贴正扩大支持范围
  • 联邦必要工作人员工资上涨
  • 对加拿大紧急商业账户(CEBA)进行调整
  • 为领取ODSP残疾补贴或OW低保的CERB申请人呼吁争取支持
  • 为多伦多市抗疫捐献爱心
  • 今日的#COVID善举选登

Tuesday April 14 Update

  • More Information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program
  • Government orders childcare centres to stop charging fees
  • Long-term care homes need support
  • Seniors need more help
  • Electricity disconnections are now banned
  • Changes to construction and workplace safety
  • Virtual wills are now permitted
  • New short term rental restrictions
  • Ways to give and get help



  • 更多关于加拿大紧急工资补贴项目的信息
  • 政府下令要求幼托中心暂停收取费用
  • 长期护理机构需要帮助
  • 老年人需要更多帮助
  • 断电措施现已被禁
  • 建筑工地和工作场所安全措施的变化
  • 在线立遗嘱已被允许
  • 对短租住房的新限制
  • 捐献爱心和获取帮助的方式

Wednesday April 8 Update

  • Information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
  • Our plan to support businesses
  • The latest news for families with children (online learning, provincial child benefit, emergency childcare)
  • Changes to the list of essential businesses
  • New guidelines to stay safe
  • How to help out



  • 加拿大紧急响应补贴有关信息
    • 面向非公民和永久居民身份劳动者的支持
  • 新民主党的企业支援计划
  • 关于有儿童家庭的最新信息
    • 在线学习现已启动
    • 省级儿童福利金现已可申领
    • 紧急幼托相关更新
  • 必要行业清单变动
  • 安全防疫的更新指引
    • 佩戴口罩
    • 公共场所必须保持人际距离的要求
    • 被指控违反紧急情况令时必须示明身份的最新要求
  • 如何力所能及地提供帮助

Sunday April 5 - Giving and receiving help in this crisis

  • Mutual aid groups and networks (neighbourhood pods, community networks, city-wide programs) 
  • Specialized supports from nonprofits and social services
  • Emergency Community Support Funds
  • Crisis support
  • Volunteer opportunities

Wednesday April 1 Update

  • Information on rent and evictions
  • New mandatory physical distancing measures
  • Update on school closures
  • Emergency childcare
  • Post-secondary updates
  • Preparing to receive financial supports
  • Demanding support for health care workers
  • Additional announcements


• 关于房租与租客驱逐的信息
• 关于强制实施社交距离的更新要求
• 学校停课相关更新
• 紧急幼托信息
• 高等教育相关更新
• 准备获取财政补助资金
• 争取对医疗工作者的支持
• 其他公告

Wednesday March 25 Update

  • Ontario Financial Statement
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • List of Essential workplaces





Monday March 23 Update

  • Improved COVID-19 online self-assessment tool
  • Province's order to close all non-essential workplaces
  • City of Toronto's declaration of a state of emergency
  • Child care for essential workers
  • Calling on the Ontario Government to provide income support

Friday March 20 Update

  • Job protections
  • Moratorium on evictions
  • OHIP coverage
  • Social distancing

Wednesday March 18 Update

  • Federal Government’s Aid Announcement
  • Ontario state of emergency:

Updates are available daily on the following websites:

Information from Toronto Public Health on local cases, how to protect yourself and where to seek further medical support.

Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

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Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada

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Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

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