COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 21, 2020
Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.
My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information here in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.
- Tune in - Council Meeting Tomorrow
- Businesses can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy starting April 27
- Beware of suspicious Hydro Ottawa calls
- Local non-profits can apply for funding to help residents during COVID-19
- Two new physical distancing and isolation centres for city’s homeless population
- Provincial funding to help seniors
- New Federal Funds for charities and non-profits helping through COVID-19
- Seasonal load restrictions lifted
- Commercial Lawn care Update from Bylaw
- Greely Lions Contact Update
- South Nation Conservation Update
- Waste and recycling collection delay this week
Tune in - Council Meeting Tomorrow
- You can watch tomorrow’s City Council meeting online starting at 10 am on the Ottawa City Council YouTube page. The meeting will also be broadcast live on RogersTV Cable 22 and live streamed on the RogersTV Website.
- Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health will provide an update on COVID-19.
- You can review the meeting's agenda on Ottawa.ca.
Businesses can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy starting April 27
- Businesses can start applying next Monday, April 27, for the 75 % salary top-up to keep staff on the payroll.
- The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is for businesses small and large that have been affected by COVID-19, including non-profits and charities.
- It is meant to help businesses keep staff on payroll or re-hire workers who were laid off.
- Today the government launched a new calculator to help businesses find out how much they can claim through the subsidy.
- To be eligible, companies must have had a reduction in gross revenue of at least 15% in March 2020, and 30% in the following months. You have the option to choose January and February of this year as a reference period.
- The government of Canada will subsidize up to 75% of an employee's salary on the first $58,700 that the employee earns – making the maximum weekly subsidy $847.
- This subsidy is retroactive as of March 15, 2020.
- Official news release
Beware of suspicious Hydro Ottawa calls
- Hydro Ottawa says it will not disconnect hydro to homes and businesses during COVID-19. This is after 200 residents reported suspicious calls this weekend threatening to turn off the lights.
- In a statement, the Hydro One says “in light of continued reports of phone scams in the Ottawa area over the weekend and today, Hydro Ottawa reminds customers to protect themselves from callers posing as utility representatives and threatening to disconnect power.”
- Tips to stay safe:
- Never make a payment for a charge that isn’t listed on your most recent bill.
- Ignore text messages or emails with suspicious links promising refunds.
- Don’t call the number provided to you. Instead, call Hydro Ottawa directly at 613-738-6400 to check the status of your account.
- Do not provide any personal information or details about your account.
- If you feel threatened in any way, contact 911 or the Ottawa Police Service.
- Ontario extended the ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for all residential customers until July 31.
- Official news release from Hydro One.
Local non-profits can apply for funding to help residents during COVID-19
- The City is investing $11.4 million in federal and provincial funding to help at-risk residents.
- $3 million of this will go to non-profit agencies supporting at-risk residents during the pandemic.
- The City is inviting funding applications from agencies that fall into two categories:
- Homelessness service providers and Residential Services Homes that serve people at risk of (or experiencing) homelessness.
- Agencies that provide essential services and supports to other at-risk residents and communities during the pandemic.
- Community agencies can find the Social Services Relief Fund application package HERE.
- The application deadline is Monday, April 27 at 11:59 pm. Partners will be notified about funding decisions by Thursday, May 7.
- Official news release
Two new physical distancing and isolation centres for city’s homeless population
- Ottawa is opening two new centres for the city’s homeless population. This is part of $11.4 million in funding to protect vulnerable people during COVID-19.
- There are currently 860 individuals living in Ottawa's shelter system on any given night and an estimated 90 people live on the street.
- There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa's shelter system.
- The Jim Durrell Recreation Centre on Walkley Road will become a “physical distancing space for the men’s shelter system.” The facility will open next week, with up to 140 beds available.
- The Le Patro d’Ottawa Recreation Centre will serve people who tested positive for COVID-19 or who have mild symptoms. It will be a 40-bed isolation centre and will also open next week.
- The Routhier Community Centre has been operating as a COVID-19 isolation centre for homeless individuals since March 23.
Provincial funding to help seniors
- Today Premier Ford announced funding and partnerships to help seniors and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Premier said the province is investing $11 million in the Meals on Wheels program, which has been delivering food, medicine and other necessities to seniors forced to self-isolate.
- The Premier also announced the government will be doubling some Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments to provide “support to the seniors that need it most.” Individuals should receive up to $166 a month and couples will get up to $332 a month.
- The doubled payments will continue for about six months, officials said.
- Official news release
New Federal Funds for charities and non-profits helping through COVID-19
- The federal government has announced a new $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund that will aid the homeless, seniors and people with disabilities during COVID-19.
- The funds will go to local community organizations and non-profit groups as well as national groups like the United Way so the money can get to the vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.
- Official news release
Seasonal load restrictions lifted
- Beginning on Monday, May 4 seasonal load restrictions will be lifted for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa
- Learn more here
Commercial Lawn Care Update from Bylaw
Greely Lions Contact Update
We can be reached at COVIDemail@example.com primary telephone: Lion David Eggett (613) 862-7692, Secondary telephone: Lion Heather Chilvers (613) 435-0035 or if anyone needs us.
South Nation Conservation Update
The Flood Watch issued on April 9, 2020 is being TERMINATED. A Water Safety Statement is in effect as all areas are experiencing high spring flows which are typical for this time of year.
To view current flood warnings across Ontario, visit: www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program.
This WATER SAFETY STATEMENT is in effect until May 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM. No further updates will be issued unless forecasted levels or conditions change.
SNC is committed to supporting municipalities, partners and people as the Coronavirus Pandemic unfolds. Our agency, like yours, is monitoring the pandemic and
response closely and our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and members of the public. Please note that our facilities are closed, staff are working safely from home and we do not anticipate any service disruptions at this time. Some of our field operations continue to deliver essential services including managing our dams and water control structures and monitoring and forecasting flooding in our communities. Updates at www.nation.on.ca/coronavirus.
- SNC staff will be tree planting over the next several weeks (April 27th – May 15th, 2020) in accordance with the List of Essential Workplaces issued by the Province on April 3rd, 2020. Work falls under the Resources and Energy category, 32.
- SNC has updated standard operating procedures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and precautionary measures, including: maintaining distances of at least 2 metres, work site signage, work crews of 5 people or less, and sanitization of hands, equipment, and vehicles.
- Please be advised, you may see cars parked along roadways, map included for planting locations. Vehicles with dashboard notices are onsite tree planters.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (613) 984-2948
Waste and recycling collection delay this week
Due to Monday’s temporary operational delay with a waste collection contracting firm, some Ottawa neighbourhoods will have a one-day delay in their garbage and recycling collection for the remainder of the week.
The following areas originally scheduled for Monday will have their garbage and recycling collected today (Tuesday): Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Playfair Park, Ridgemont, Rideauview, Fisher Glen, Ashdale, Merivale and Pineglen.
Today’s collection in the following areas will be rescheduled for Wednesday:
- Barrhaven – in the area bordered by Fallowfield to the north, Prince of Wales Drive to the east, Rideau Valley Drive to the south, and Longfield Drive and Jockvale Road to the west.
- Overbrook, Hunt Club and South Ottawa – in area bordered by Tremblay Road to the north, Highway 417 to east, and Walkley Road, Conroy Road and Bank Street South to the west, and Marionville Road to the south.
The following areas will have their collection day moved from Wednesday to Thursday:
- Ottawa West (Pinecrest, Craig Henry, Algonquin College area and Nepean Sportsplex) – in the area bordered by the Highway 417 to the north, Greenbank Road and Woodroffe Avenue to the west, Merivale to the east, and West Hunt Club Drive and Fallowfield Road to the south.
- Hunt Club and South Keys – in the area bordered Riverside Drive to the west, Hunt Club Drive to the south, Walkley to the north, and Conroy Road to the east.
The following areas will have their collection day moved from Thursday to Friday:
- Pinecrest to Barrhaven – in the area bordered by Highway 417 to the north, Highway 416 to the west, Greenbank Road to the east, and Strandherd Drive to the south.
- Barrhaven – in the area bordered by Jockvale Road to the north, Longfields Drive to the east, Greenbank to the west, and Barnsdale Road to the south.
- Gloucester South, Findlay Creek and Blossom Park – in the area bordered by Hunt Road Club Road to the north, Conroy Road and Bank Street South to the east, River Road to the West, and Mitch Owens Road to the south.
The following areas will have their collection day moved from Friday to Saturday:
- Richmond area – in the area bordered by Fallowfield Road to the north, Highway 416 to the east, Ashton and Montague Boundary roads to west, and Donnelly Drive to the south.
- Manotick and Greely area - in the area bordered by Barnsdale and Mitch Owens roads to the north, Bank Street South to the east, Belmeade Road to the south, and Highway 416 to the west.
Please visit ottawa.ca/collectioncalendar to confirm when your schedule day will take place this week.