Schools will be moving to remote learning after the Spring Break. Read here.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read here.
Health minister says it is not the time for travel as Canada enters third wave. Read here.
Multilingual COVID-19 Vaccine Information. Read here.
All Ontario is now under a ‘stay-at-home’ order. Here’s what you need to know. Watch here.
Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan February 2021: Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Read here.
Download COVID Alert. It is available for download from Google Play and App store the app Covid Alert (for Canada).
COVID Alert is Canada’s free exposure notification app. This app will alert you if you had contact with someone who tested positive for Covid within 14 days of your contact (if the person is using the same app).
You must have your Bluetooth enable and your phone system must be updated.
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Some internationally trained doctors can apply for 30-day Ontario licence to fight COVID-19
The CPSO may issue this certificate for an appointment solely for one of the following purposes:
- providing assistance that would otherwise be unavailable on an urgent basis relating to a person’s medical problem that requires prompt remedy;
- providing, on an interim basis, medical services that would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of persons able to provide them; or
- providing a brief program of continuing medical education that is primarily for the benefit of members of this College holding certificates of registration authorizing independent practice or academic practice.
For more information, Please visit https://www.cpso.on.ca/Physicians/Registration/Requirements?fbclid=IwAR3AxHDsHpg1tvZxfc6YIBRwdwLFWyqmq0WlbtqC42e1i4OCuVYCt06D1fc
Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health
Are you a Mental Health professional? Is your educational and work experience outside of Canada? Are you finding it difficult to obtain Employment in Canada? Then BREM may be the solution for you!
The Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health program (BREM) is a not for profit bridging program created for internationally trained individuals who are unable to find employment in Canada due to their lack of “Canadian Experience”.
Read more http://ow.ly/XvOS30qyBPd
Please take extra caution and be aware that some people will try to take advantage of a crisis to try and fraud you out of your money. Please watch this government of Canada website for the alerts about current common frauds in our area.
The Government of Canada Respond to COVID 19
The outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, is a significant challenge for the entire world.
The Government of Canada has created the infrastructure to respond to the public health threats of the virus, and is well prepared to act—in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and international partners—to minimize the health, economic, and social impacts of this rapidly evolving public health issue.
Please visit the following website to learn more:
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID 19
Please visit the following website to read more about the COVID 19 and how to protect yourself and the public.
Filing Income Taxes Deadline Changes
Government extends tax deadline to June 1 amidst COVID 19 outbreak. Canada Revenue will have one extra month to file your income taxes. So instead of an April 30 filing deadline for the 2020 tax filing season, you will have until June 1, 2020 to submit your income tax return.
Please note, if you need help with your taxes all of the volunteer tax clinics have been closed until we hear from the government it is safe to re-open them. The government is aware that many people need assistance and we are positive with all of this happening that there will be appropriate measures and timelines put in place to help you.
Please visit the following website to learn more:
Employment Insurance, Ontario Works, Emergency Income Support
Due to the provincial shutdown, effective on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m., if you are laid off or cannot be employed remotely, here is a quick reference guide to the income and other supports available to you during this emergency:
If you are laid off due to work closures:
- Apply for regular EI benefits here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/apply.html
If you are facing reduced work hours:
- Talk to your employer about EI Work-Sharing benefits, find more information here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html
If you are facing unemployment AND you don’t qualify for EI:
- Apply for the Emergency Support Benefit (long-term income support)
- Applications will open in April through the CRA Web site and a toll-free number
- Amounts and eligibility are not announced yet (total funding is $5 billion)
If you are unable to work due to illness/self-quarantine:
- Apply for EI Sickness benefits here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html
- Call 1-833-381-2725 to have the one-week waiting period waived
- You do NOT need a medical certificate if you are quarantined
- Up to $573 a week
If you are self-quarantined and ineligible for EI:
- Apply for the Emergency Care Benefit
- Applications will open in April through the CRA website and a toll-free number
- Up to $900 every 2 weeks for up to 15 weeks
- No doctor’s note required
If you are self-employed:
- Apply for the Emergency Care Benefit (see above)
If you are staying home to care for someone:
- Apply for the Emergency Care Benefit (see above) if you are staying home to take care of a family member with COVID-19 who doesn’t qualify
- Apply for the Emergency Care Benefit (see above) if you are a parent staying home to care for children due to school closures, whether or not you qualify for EI
- NOTE: Tax filing deadline has been extended to June 1, payments due August 31
- Low to middle income Canadians: GST credit top-up (average of $400 for single adults, $600 for couples) available as soon as May 2020
- Families: Enhanced Canada Child Benefit this year (additional $300 per child)
- Homeowners: Deferral of mortgage payments for affected Canadians by up to 6 months (disruptions to your pay interruptions to child care, or unexpected health needs)
- Students: Freezing all Canada Student Loans payments and interest for 6 months (average savings $160 per month)
- Seniors: Reducing mandatory withdrawal from RRIFs by 25%
- Indigenous: New $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund
- Vulnerable Population: Additional $50 million available to shelters and centres for women and children fleeing domestic violence
Do you think you might have COVID? Report SEVERE symptoms and Living in Halton Region
Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Halton Region Public Health and health care partners continue to focus on those most at risk of COVID-19. Our current priority is to hear from the following people who have symptoms(external link) (e.g., fever, new cough, difficulty breathing, etc.):
- those aged 60 and over;
- those with pre-existing medical conditions;
- those who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- those living or working in a health-care or long-term care setting or institution; or
- First Nation community members living on-reserve.
- Anyone else directed by Halton Region Public Health
If you have symptoms AND meet one of the criteria above you may be tested for COVID-19. Residents must have an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre.
Residents of Oakville, Milton or Halton Hills can book an appointment at a Halton Healthcare Assessment Centre by calling 905-203-7963.
Residents of Burlington can call Halton Region Public Health at 311 for direction on assessment and testing.
Individuals without symptoms are NOT being tested at this time.
Individuals with mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria above are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. You do not need to contact Public Health.