COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MARCH 30, 2020
Below you will find the latest updates from my team regarding COVID-19.
Once again, it is so important that we continue to support each other in our community through this situation, and to seek out accurate updates.
Please continue to visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus.
- Update on Federal Government Support for Small Businesses
- Self-Isolation “Strongly Recommended” for those over 70
- Ontario Premier extends state of emergency for another two weeks
- COVID-19 Enforcement – City of Ottawa
- City Accepting Donations of Personal Protective Equipment
- New Business Licenses and Business License Renewals
- Spring Flooding Update
Update on Federal Government Support for Small Businesses
- In his daily addresses this morning, the Prime Minister provided more information about the emergency wage subsidy. Highlights include:
- Canadian businesses whose revenue has decreased by 30% or more due to COVID-19 will be eligible for the subsidy.
- This includes businesses of all sizes, regardless of the number of employees they have.
- The subsidy will cover 75% of wages so that employers can keep paying their staff.
- The subsidy will be backdated to March 15.
- Charities and not-for-profit organizations can apply, as well as companies big and small.
- The subsidy will be on the first $58,700 earned, meaning up to $847 a week.
- The Prime Minister encouraged companies who can still afford to pay their employees their full salaries, or the 25 per cent not covered by the government, to do so.
- The emergency wage subsidy comes alongside a special emergency guaranteed business loan of up to $40,000, as well as a deferral of customs duties, HST and GST payments.
- Further details are expected to be released tomorrow by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
Visit the Federal Government’s website for small business support.
Self-Isolation “Strongly Recommended” for those over 70
- Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is "strongly recommending" that anyone over 70 years of age self-isolate. This also applies to those who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions
- This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons.
- Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.
- Read the full statement here.
Ontario Premier extends state of emergency for another two weeks
- Premier Doug Ford is extending his emergency declaration for another two weeks as the number of new cases continues to rise in the province.
- The Premier first issued a state of emergency on March 17 and it was set to expire tomorrow.
- The province will be assessing whether to extend the order on two-week basis.
COVID-19 Enforcement – City of Ottawa
- As of today, Ottawa by-law officers have new powers, issued by the Province of Ontario, aimed at ensuring people practice physical distancing.
- A dedicated team of by-law officers will be monitoring and enforcing calls related to:
- Gatherings of more than 5 people in public or private residences;
- People congregating in parks/using park facilities or equipment;
- Restaurants that continue to offer dine-in services; and,
- Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate.
- If you witness these issues please report them by calling 3-1-1.
- By-law Officers will be taking a progressive enforcement approach; with the initial goal to educate residents and businesses about these laws and their importance to public health. As time goes on, failure to comply could result in fines of up to $100,000 for individuals, $500,000 for a director of a corporation or $10 million for a corporation itself.
- The Ottawa Police Service will continue to enforce calls related to quarantine orders issued to individuals who have been travelling or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. Complaints related to quarantine orders should be reported to the non-urgent Ottawa Police phone line at 613-236-1222 ext. 7502.
- This information will be made available on Ottawa.ca.
City Accepting Donations of Personal Protective Equipment
- Ottawa has launched a donation process for businesses and residents to donate commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our emergency responders and front-line workers.
This formal donation process has been established in response to the many residents and businesses who have contacted the City through many channels with donation offerings.
The PPE supplies must be commercial-grade and in their original packaging. These items include, but are not limited to:
- N95 masks (1870+ or 1805)
- Surgical masks
- Procedural masks
- Face shields
- Protective gowns
- Protective goggles and glasses
- Hand sanitizers
- Disinfectant wipes
- NOTE: Homemade personal protective equipment will not be accepted.
To donate, we ask interested businesses and residents to email email@example.com and provide information on the items and quantities. The City will review donations offered and arrange with you for a drop-off or pick-up of the items. The Ottawa Hospital is collecting, processing, and storing all donated medical equipment to help supply the many front-line healthcare staff across the Eastern Ontario region who are responding to the pandemic. You can contact The Ottawa Hospital at COVIDdonations@toh.ca.
New Business Licenses and Business License Renewals
While Client Service Centres and the Business Licensing Centre at 735 Industrial Avenue are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, services continue to be offered for new business licenses and business license renewals.
Those wishing to obtain a new business license are asked to complete the general business licensing application form. The completed form, along with all required documents for the specific licensing category may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
Licensees wishing to renew may submit any required documentation to the above email address. Check Ottawa.ca for updates on expiry dates which may be extended given the current circumstances.
Payment for new or renewed licenses will be accepted by phone (credit card) or by mail (cheque). If opting to pay by phone, you will be contacted with further instructions.
Please note, inspections have been postponed. Licensees who require an inspection will be contacted with more information.
Please contact the Business Licensing Centre at 613-580-2424 ext. 12735 with any questions.
For those wishing to obtain a noise exemption, please visit the Noise Exemption webpage.
License renewal period for several types of businesses extended until June 30th
Spring Flooding Update
- In addition to COVID-19, many Ottawa residents awoke today worried about potential flooding given the heavy weekend rains.
- City Staff have advised that water levels are *not* currently at threatening levels.
- The Mayor has struck a Council Committee to manage the 2020 Spring Freshet.
- Councillor El-Chantiry will lead the Committee and work very closely with Councillors whose wards have been impacted in the past, including our Ward 20.
- Stay tuned for more information.