Updated Wednesday March 25, 12:30 pm
I know many in our community are concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Team Fife will do our best to provide updates and direct constituents to reliable sources of information about preventative measures and public health advisories.
Updates are available daily on the following websites:
Information from Region of Waterloo Public Health on local cases, how to protect yourself, and where to seek further medical support.
Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick, and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.
Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Updates on the national response, travel advice, and preparedness.
Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.
The Government of Ontario and Public Health Officials are asking for people to please use the self-assessment tool if you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it. Use the tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.
For Medical Advice
For medical advice, you may contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information is available in multiple languages.
State of Emergency
- On March 17, 2020, the Premier declared a State of Emergency in the province of Ontario.
- As of March 25, 2020, all non-essential businesses were ordered closed by the government of Ontario. The list of essential workplaces can be found here.
- If you require further clarity, please call the government of Ontario business hotline: 1-888-444-3659. Open 7 days a week, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
- On March 25, 2020, the Region of Waterloo and all seven municipalities declared a State of Emergency.
Due to the rapidly-changing situation, the provincial government will not be tabling a complete budget, but instead the Minister of Finance will table a "mini-budget" on March 25th.
The Legislature will sit for a brief session on March 25th to pass the mini-budget and then will not resume operations until April 14th.
On March 19th, 2020, the Legislature sat for an emergency session to pass legislation which will protect the jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, help keep store shelves stocked and give municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations while maintaining social distance. You can find more details here.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and senior staff have been in consistent communication with the Premier and other leaders for updates on the province’s response.
The Ontario NDP has advocated for stronger protections for workers, by calling for the government to reinstate paid sick leave and to halt the requirement for sick notes. Our complete list of recommendations can be found here.
Our Constituency Office - Closed to in-person meetings
My team and I are working remotely and we will continue to serve our constituents — via phone: 519-725-3477 & email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may be slower to respond than usual due to a high volume of calls and emails, but rest assured that we will reply as quickly as possible.