As the situation continues to evolve, I encourage you to monitor Ottawa Public Health’s updates. They are continuing to provide the most up-to-date information on their website.
Kanata North Community Update:
- Kanata Food Cupboard is actively collecting donations at their warehouse location 340 Legget Drive, door 46 (side door with Kanata Food Cupboard sign) as well as still accepting donations at the grocery store donation bins. Their warehouse is open from 8:30 -1:30 PM Monday to Friday.
- Consider helping local businesses in our community. Many remain open for take-out and delivery or purchase a gift card online for future use.
- Many are feeling lonely or overwhelmed at this time. Take time to reach out to your neighbours. I encourage those who are in self-isolation or looking for help to sign up for the assistance program or contact me directly at Jenna.Sudds@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2474. These are difficult times, but our community is strong and we will get through this together.
- The Kanata North Business Association is in the process of starting a website where community members will be able to purchase gift cards to print and use at a later time at their favorite local shops. If you’re a small business that have gift cards, I encourage you to send your information here.
- Today with the help of volunteers we safely delivered Ottawa Public Health postcards to communities with a high number of seniors. This is important to do as some seniors are not online. Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taken the time to volunteer!
Ottawa Public Health Update:
- Please continue practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus. This does not mean “stay inside your home” but rather limit close contact with people. You can still go outdoors for walks and runs, essential grocery shopping, and walking your dog. It is important that when you are out to maintain a distance of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) from those around you.
- Should you have symptoms, you do not need to call Ottawa Public Health.
- Please self-quarantine for 14 days
- Go to the assessment center
- Call your health care provider
- Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms are severe
- Today, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health have partnered with United Way to determine needs and support various community groups who need help. You can find more information here.
City of Ottawa Update:
Support for Businesses:
- Many small businesses and service providers have reached out with concerns on the financial implications.
- Yesterday, Mayor Watson and Councillor El-Chantiry announced that an Economic Partners Task Force has been created to support small businesses. The Task Force working with city staff is working on a strategic plan to help small businesses and employees through this COVID-19 pandemic. More information on this to come.
Emergency and Essential Services:
Earlier today, Premier Ford declared that Ontario is in a state of emergency. In response, the City of Ottawa is making changes to in-person services.
Emergency and essential services will continue to protect and serve the needs of all residents in Ottawa. All in-person and non-essential City services are closed until further notice.
Services that can be offered remotely (by phone, e-mail, mail or online) will be maintained. Some in-person services are available in a reduced or altered capacity. Transit remains open, and OC Transpo continues to offer customer service online and by phone. Please check the list of services to find out how to access City services. Residents can pay bills and property taxes online. If you are unable to access City services online, please call 3-1-1 so we can assist you.
The City will continue to resource essential services, such as:
- Emergency first responders, including fire, paramedics and public health staff
- Front line communications for 9-1-1 emergency services, Ottawa Public Health, Revenue, and 3-1-1 call centres
- Social assistance services
- Key assets, public works and operations, including water services, road and traffic services and snow clearing
- Frontline workers who serve our most vulnerable in the community, including long-term care
- Transit services
- Garbage and recycling collection
- By-law Service
- Fire investigations and inspections for complaints and licenses
- Community Paramedic program
To encourage people to stay home, all on-street overtime parking, signed or unsigned, will no longer be enforced on residential streets until further notice. Other parking restrictions remain in effect, such as No Stopping, No Parking, Fire Route, Accessible Parking, hydrants, sidewalks to maintain emergency access and traffic flow.
Transit remains open. You are encouraged to use protective health and safety measures while using public transit such as:
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- When possible, consider social distancing (ideally two metres).
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth and as soon as possible when you reach your destination.
Update from the Province of Ontario:
This morning, Premier Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario to help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect citizens of Ontario. The city has responded to this by altering services provided, as outlined above.
This means the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
- Facilities providing indoor recreational programs
- Public libraries
- Private schools as defined in the Education Act
- Licensed childcare centres
- Concert venues
- Bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery
- Theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies
All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3, inclusive, will be adjourned and rescheduled for a later date. Anyone scheduled during this period does not need to attend court and a new notice will sent by mail to the address on file with a new court date. Online ticket payment will remain available on ottawa.ca.
Additionally, Ontario will invest $304 million to enhance the province’s response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
- $100 million – for increased capacity in hospitals to assist in treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical and medicine beds.
- $50 million – to support the extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19. This includes the crucial work of contract tracing and increasing laboratory testing.
- $50 million – To protect essential frontline workers and first responders by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical equipment.
- $25 million – to support frontline workers in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
- $50 million – For long-term care homes and support needed 24/7 screening and additional staff to support infection control and additional supplies.
- $5 million – To protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
You can find a complete list of investments and more information about the Province’s announcement here.
Update from the Federal Government:
This morning the Prime Minister spoke about the essential need for social distancing and further Federal commitments that the Government is making:
- Parks Canada is suspending visitor services at all national parks and historic sites.
- The government through Global Affairs Canada will provide up to $5,000 as part of an emergency loan program. It will help people who need immediate financial assistance to return home, or cover their needs if they have to wait to come back. Please note: that Canadians abroad in need of emergency assistance can always call 1-613-996-8885 or email email@example.com.
- Tomorrow, the Federal Government will make another major announcement on economic actions to support Canadians as quickly as possible.
- By the end of the week, there will be updates regarding changes for the upcoming tax season. The Federal Government is looking at giving more flexibility for people to make payments, and for businesses to have more liquidity during this time.
- The Federal Government is reviewing the need to use the emergency measures act and if it is necessary to further protect Canadians from COVID-19.
Please take care of yourselves, your family and neighbours. When in doubt, please reach out to your health care provider or Ottawa Public Health.