Category: Advocacy

LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE: PROVINCIAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

This year, the province of Ontario invited written submissions to inform budget consultations to be sent to The Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries is part of an advocacy coalition called the Provincial Arts Service Organizations of Ontario (PASO/OPSA) and below is the letter...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

TORONTO – The Ontario government is expanding the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of the province. Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees...

Changes to COVID-19 Screening Requirements and Updates to COVID-19 Screening Tools

The government of Ontario has made changes to COVID-19 screening requirements and updates to COVID-19 screening tools. Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework must implement active screening of patrons in certain zones. Please refer to What each zone means for information on how this may apply to your...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across most of the Province

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. When it is safe to do so,...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: The EnAbling Change Program

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility – The EnAbling Change Program is a shared-cost transfer payment program providing funding to not-for-profit organizations, industry organizations, and professional associations to educate their stakeholders about accessibility, drive cultural awareness about the value and benefits of accessibility, and support regulatory compliance. The program benefits from...

Ontario Declares State of Emergency Starting Immediately

The Ontario government has announced a provincial stay-at-home order and new restrictions, as new COVID-19 modelling. The province says it is issuing a stay-at-home-order effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m., which will require everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, like going to the grocery store or...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Support for Hydro Bills

To support people as they stay home during the Provincewide Shutdown, the government will hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for all time-of-use and tiered customers on a temporary basis starting January 1, 2021. This low rate will be available 24 hours per...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Announces Province Wide Shutdown

After assessing trends in key public health indicators, Ontario is moving into a Province Wide Shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 on December 26, at 12:01 a.m. Amendments have also been made to O. Reg. 82/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 1. Please read the news release for...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for...

Federal Government announces wage subsidy rate increase to 75 per cent

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government has concluded the necessary regulatory changes to raise the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning Sunday, December 20, 2020, until March 13, 2021. This support will be...

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry

The Government of Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The wage subsidy has protected more than 4 million jobs across the country, giving millions of Canadian families certainty about their next paycheque. As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to transparency, today the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending all orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) until January 20, 2021. This extension will support the safe delivery of health care and other critical services until COVID-19...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Investing in Ontario’s Tourism Industry During COVID-19

TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing nearly $4.4 million to support the long-term sustainability of the province’s vital tourism industry. This funding will help deliver innovative, safe experiences, like virtual festivals and events, and support tourism operators as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  Lisa MacLeod, Minister...

FEDERAL UPDATE: Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, opened the CERS to receive applications from qualifying organizations. These organizations can now apply directly for the subsidy for the period from September 27 to October 24, 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Business Account, or Represent a Client portals. Applications for...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Taking Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Effective Monday, November 23 at 12:01am. The Ontario government is moving COVID-19 hotspots Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown. Art and Culture Sector such as museums and other cultural amenities (e.g., art galleries, science centres) are CLOSED in lockdown. Measures under Lockdown include, but are not limited to: Schools,...

FEDERAL UPDATE: Modernizing Canada’s Privacy Act – Online Public Consultation

Canadians are invited to share their views on key issues, such as: the rules on when federal institutions can collect personal information how federal institutions can use the information entrusted to them when federal institutions can share personal information with other federal institutions how key concepts should be defined...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement

The Ontario government announced the establishment of Supply Ontario, a new centralized procurement agency that will enable a whole-of-government approach to purchasing goods and services, saving taxpayers money. Supply Ontario will ensure that schools, hospitals, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: City of Toronto Mandating Stricter Restrictions

Updates City of Toronto Mandating Stricter Restrictions – Transitioning into Red Zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework as of November 14th: The new protections would come into effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday and include: Social gatherings should only be with those you live with and/or one or two essential supports...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

Ontario is investing $2 million over two years through its new Inclusive Community Grants program to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities. Municipalities and local organizations can use the funding towards projects such as: undertaking local needs assessments to determine gaps in...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Supports Businesses, Workers and Families during COVID-19

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement regarding the monthly employment release by Statistics Canada: “Employment in Ontario has increased by 30,600 in October, marking the fifth straight month of overall employment gains. The total number of jobs created since June is 868,600,...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Moves Public Health Unit Regions into COVID-19 Response Framework to Keep Ontario Safe and Open

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province intends to move Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict,...

SUMMARY: Virtual Viewing of Budget with Minister of Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod

Virtual Viewing of Budget with Minister of Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod – November 5th, 2020 at 4:00pm EST Full Budget and Action Plan please see link here https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/pdf/2020-ontario-budget-en.pdf  Today, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover — the next phase of...

FEDERAL UPDATE: Minister Ng announces new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced new actions to help Canadian businesses grow while navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada launched the CanExport SMEs program—delivered through the Trade Commissioner Service—in 2016. As...