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Counsel: COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19: CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY, EI and BENEFIT DETAILS

COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19 April 1, 2020 Today the government provided a few more details about their support for business and workers in response to the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. Here are the highlights: CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY DETAILS As announced previously, the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would give employers with a 30% or greater decline in revenue a 75% wage subsidy for the first $58,700 of salary, up to $847 per employee per week. The government news release for the program can be found here. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will apply to all businesses large and small that have experienced a drop in revenue of 30% or more, as long as they are not publicly-funded. Non-profits and charities that see the same decline in revenue are also eligible. We believe that both privately owned and publicly traded companies will be eligible based on this description. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the 30% decline in revenue threshold will be determined by comparing the current month’s revenues to the same month last year. Business owners will need to re-apply each month. The government is looking at options for new businesses that don’t have an established revenue history. Businesses will need to attest they are doing everything they can to pay the remaining 25% of employee income. The government knows this isn’t always possible and will be flexible. What is more important is people return to work. The government is asking employers to be prepared to rehire. Funds will be available in approximately 6 weeks. Businesses will be able to apply online through a CRA portal that will...

MHSTCI Action Plan from the Honourable Lisa MacLeod

Action Plan from Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Following a tele-townhall on March 26, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries provided a 10-point action plan for her Ministry moving forward: I announced some changes we are making to respond to the challenges our industries and sectors are facing. 1.    I’ve re-purposed the Tourism Development Fund to the Tourism Development and Recovery Fund and increased the fund from $500,000 to $1.5 Million 2.    I’m working with industry partners on an online marketplace and town centre for all Ontarians to access concerts, art, digital gallery and museum tours and attraction pre-purchases. I’ve made an initial investment of $150,000 to match community contributions to give musicians a platform to perform concerts from the safety of their homes. 3.    Destination Ontario is actively working on a marketing program that will let the world know that when they are ready to travel and when we are a safe environment to accept them back, we will be ready. 4.    Our government will be allowing all licensed restaurants, bars and pubs to sell and deliver unopened alcohol at their establishments. 5.    We have provided lists of Hotels to MOH, MOLTC and MCCSS to be used in the event hospitals, LTC’s, VAW Centres need capacity due to social distancing. Yesterday’s economic statement earmarked $341 Million if this is required. 6.    For our film and TV industry we are revising regulations so we can allow contract and freelance workers to receive Ontario’s three refundable film and TV tax credits while at the same time...

New Annual General Meeting regulations (Ontario) and Nonprofit Annual Forms T2 – Canada Revenue Agency

This might be helpful for some libraries and their foundations, charity arms (like formal Friends Groups): “New Annual General Meeting regulations (Ontario) The Government of Ontario announced today support for business corporations, not-for-profit corporations, insurers, and share capital social clubs by implementing an Emergency Order to provide flexibility for corporate meetings. Cabinet approved an emergency order that would temporarily suspend certain legislative provisions and set out replacement provisions (related to the Corporations Act (CA) and Business Corporations Act (OBCA)]. This emergency order applies to not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act (CA) and gives them the ability to hold virtual meetings; as well as extends the timeframe for AGMs to be held. This Emergency Order will enable organizations to: Hold meetings of directors, shareholders and members electronically or over the phone even if legislation (like Ontario’s Corporations Act) or your bylaws say you can’t. The electronic or phone system has to allow people to communicate with each other simultaneously and instantaneously. So, for example, an email chain over a few days likely would not qualify as a meeting. Extend the timeframe by which corporations under the Corporations Act and Business Corporations Act must hold Annual General Meetings (AGMs). The deadlines for nonprofits to hold their AGMs are now extended to: 90 days after the state of emergency is ended by the Ontario government. If the government ends the state of emergency within 30 days before your current deadline, then you have until 120 days after the state of emergency ends. The Emergency Order is in effect province-wide and is retroactive to March 17, 2020, the day the Declaration of...

Counsel: COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19

COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19 March 31, 2020 Today the federal government provided details on their efforts to secure vital equipment and supplies required to combat COVID-19. Note that details on the expanded Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, which we had hoped to obtain today, will now be announced tomorrow morning. ANNOUNCEMENTS The government is making a $2 billion dollar investment in the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including gowns, masks, ventilators, test kits, swabs, and hand sanitizer. This investment will also support bulk purchases by the provinces and territories. In particular: The government has ordered 1,570 ventilators from companies in Canada and around the world and is trying to secure an additional 4,000 units; The government has purchased 157 million surgical masks and 60 million N95 masks are expected to arrive this week; and Over one million COVID-19 test kits have been ordered. As supplies are obtained, they will be distributed to health care workers across Canada on a priority basis as determined by medical officials. These supplies are in high demand by health systems throughout the world as they prepare for a surge of hospitalizations related to COVID-19. The government is working with Canadian embassies internationally to expedite the shipment process, and is expecting deliveries in the coming days. This will buy the government time to mobilize domestic industry, as it could take a few weeks for equipment to arrive from Canadian manufacturers. In the last week the government has spoken to nearly 3000 companies who reached out to offer help, including: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Magna, General Motors, Ford, Linamar, Shell, Suncor, Alibaba Group, and...

On Long Island, Oceanside Library “now hosts six to 10 online programs per day, including story times, lectures, exercise classes, teen readings, book chats, book discussions, poetry readings, TED talk discussions and more.

On Long Island, Oceanside Library “now hosts six to 10 online programs per day, including story times, lectures, exercise classes, teen readings, book chats, book discussions, poetry readings, TED talk discussions and more.   “We reached out to several of our key partners right away,” said Ocaria DiMango, the library’s adult program coordinator. “Molloy College’s Center for Mental Health and Wellness did a program on how to cope with the stress of this crisis, and Dr. Ronan of Baldwin Harbor Pediatrics did a lecture on how this affects children, and how to keep them healthy. Both of them regularly do programs for us when we are open.” DiMango said that the library has partnered with some of its regular programmers to provide online content, including their yoga, meditation and art presenters, and that more lectures and programs are upcoming.”...

Using Idle Library Tech to Fight COVID-19

Using Idle Library Tech to Fight COVID-19 https://the-digital librarian.com/2020/03/30/using-idle-library-tech-to-fight-covid-19/ “Closings and service reductions have left some libraries with an array of technology that currently sits idle. Rather than let this equipment gather dust, why not add it to the fight against the Coronavirus? Below are two ways your library may be able to help.” Add Your Computers’ Processing Power to the Search for Treatments 3D Print Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  ...

BWSS’ (Battered Women’s Support Services) Crisis Line during COVID 19

Safety Changes Everything. View this email in your browser Why Safety?    Our Work    Get Help    Ending Violence Blog    Take Action    Donate Updates from BWSS’ Crisis Line during COVID 19 We are getting calls Since we have escalated our efforts to reach out to women, our crisis lines have been ringing non-stop, calls have increased by 300 percent! Who do we hear from? Women out of abusive relationships Women currently in abusive relationships Concerned neighbours Concerned coworkers Children and youth who are concerned about their mother and themselves and their siblings Support through texting We know it may not always be safe to call. If you’re unable to speak safely, text 604-652-1867 for support and/or information. Violence is about Power and Control When survivors are forced to stay home or in close proximity to their abusive partner more frequently, abusers can use any tool to exert control, including health concerns such as COVID-19. We will continue to answers calls and support women with finding a safe place, navigating through legal hoops, providing emotional support, and creating a safety plan. If you or you know someone who can use our services, Call 604-687-1867 or toll-free at 1-855-687-1868 Email us at intake@bwss.org Text 604-652-1867 Thank you for your financial donations We are in a unique and uncomfortable position. Our calls have increased by 300% than regular times, and we cannot let women down. We rely heavily on donors and shoppers at our two My Sister’s Closet stores. However, due to inevitable health and safety concerns, we had to temporarily shut our doors which shuts down a third of our sources of funding. At this time, we need financial support to: Increase staffing to...