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COVID-19 – Education (iPads & Internet Access)

The Government of Ontario announced on April 17, 2020 that they have partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to assist students in obtaining access to online learning by providing iPad devices to Ontario school boards for distribution. The iPad devices will be pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data for students who do not have access to the technology or internet to be able to ...
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COVID-19 Issues Update – Indigenous Business Supports

The Government of Canada has announced up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support the 59 Aboriginal Financial Institutions that offer financing to these businesses. It is estimated that these measures will help 6,000 Indigenous-owned businesses. It was acknowledged that many Indigenous businesses are being disproportionately affected by th...
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COVID-19 Issues Update – First Nations By-Law Enforcement

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique have responded to a number of concerns Ontario First Nations leadership have raised related First Nations policing and COVID-19. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT First Nations Policing Program constables will be provided full access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the OPP. The OPP has tak...
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PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE & HEALTH SECTOR UPDATE – April 14th

PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSESState of Emergency Extended – OntarioOntario has extended its state of emergency an additional 28 days to May 12th, 2020.Premier Ford stated that students will not be returning to school on May 4th, 2020.Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes Nearly half of the COVID-19 deaths in Canada are linked to long-term care homes.In Ontario, there are outbreaks (meaning 1 or more confi...
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COVID-19 Supports for Families-Education

Ontario resident parents are now able to apply for financial support while Ontario schools and child care centres are closed. This support was created to allow parents to access additional tools for kids to learn at home while they start to learn remotely. This is a one-time payment of $200 per child aged 0 to 12 years old, and $250 for those aged 0 to 21 years old with special needs. Eli...
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COVID-19 –Projections & Enhanced Responses in Ontario

ONTARIO COVID-19 PROJECTIONS Ontario has released scientific projections outlining the number of expected COVID-19 cases and deaths in Ontario. The projections are based on scientific modeling completed by a team of researchers, analysts, and scientists from Ontario universities, Public Health Ontario, and Ontario Health. Scientists highlight that projections are not exact, will vary depending on...
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COVID-19 Enhanced Public Health Measures & Enforcement

ENFORCEMENT AND FINES The temporary power was approved by the Ontario government on March 31 Ontario implemented measures under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to require any person to identify themselves if they are being charged if non-compliance of orders in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to provincial legislation, police officers, First Nations co...
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COVID-19 Info Update – Health Sector

COVID-19 TESTINGOntario is prioritizing testing for the following groups and individuals: • Frontline health worker • Symptomatic peoples from isolated, rural, remote and Indigenous communities • Hospitalized patients with respiratory issues • Travelers returning to Canada with symptoms • Long-term care facility clientsDue to global increase in demand for testing supplies, different methods of se...
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COVID-19 NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS POLICY UPDATES

EXPIRED STATUS CARDS Access to NIHB will still be granted even with an expired Indian Status card during the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual’s registration number can be used to process the benefit regardless of date of expiry.PHARMACY The NIHB Program has temporarily lifted the prior approval requirement for many limited use medications. Pharmacists have been advised of this change and asked t...
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