Weekly Newsletter

Now is the time to act. I’m calling on the province to utilize ALL of the federal money designated for the Return to School.

As Stage 3 Reopening continues, please follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, wash hands frequently, socially distance 2 meters apart and stay home if you are not feeling well.

COVID-19 specific

Federal Funds Enhance Ontario’s Back-to-School Plan

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools

Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities and eases contact information requirements for bars and restaurants

Facilitative measures to support international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

Government extends Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support for furloughed employees for four weeks

Government of Canada announces plan to extend CERB for an additional 4 weeks, changes to EI and 3 new benefits:
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Ottawa Public Health Roles and Responsibilities in response to COVID-19 within the School Setting

Provincial News

Parents and guardians have until August 31, 2020 to apply for Support for Families. Under this program, parents or guardians of children between 0-12 years old, or up to 21 years old for children and youth with special needs, are eligible for a one-time payment per child to purchase educational materials to support learning at home.

Ontario Trillium Foundation has introduced the one-time Resilient Communities Fund
(This fund is available to any eligible non-profit organizations to apply.)

OTF is offering two application deadlines:

September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.
December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB)

In the Community

Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces through October as well as in the common areas of condos and apartment buildings

It’s Capital Pride Week – starting Sunday August 23

OC Transpo fall service returns August 30

City’s Before and After School programs start on September 3

Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa and City seeking help to house 100 before October

In-person Library services 
are currently offered at the following branches:

Alta Vista, Beaverbrook, Blackburn Hamlet, Carlingwood, Carp, Centennial, Cumberland, Elmvale Acres, Emerald Plaza, Greely, Greenboro, Main, Nepean Centrepointe, North Gloucester, North Gower, Richmond, Ruth E. Dickinson, Stittsville, St. Laurent, and Vanier.

These branches offer returns, holds pickup, browsing, use of public computers by appointment, readers’ advisory, information, reference services, and card registration.

For current branch hours, please visit the Hours and Locations page.

Ontario has created a 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 this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care. Visit here.

If you require help in Ottawa South, please visit our website for Community links and contacts.

Ottawa Public Health
For the latest updates, please click here.

Government of Ontario
Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  ET, the Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario.

Government of Canada
For the latest COVID-19 updates, please click here.
For the latest on Employment and Social Development changes for employees and employers, click here.

Find out about the current reported scams related to COVID-19.

Learn how to protect yourself when banking online.

Know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud.