Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

COVID Update: Thursday, April 16

Published on April 16, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

  • Canada is expanding measures to help businesses during the pandemic, including broadened loan eligibility --  groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) says these changes still leave out certain firms, like new businesses and the self-employed. 
  •  Trudeau will talk to premiers today about helping small businesses with rents – for weeks, the official opposition has been calling on the Ontario government to provide help to small and medium-sized businesses, including a 75 per cent rent subsidy. 
  • Canada won't be opening up its border with the U.S. anytime soon, despite what President Trump said yesterday.
  • Ontario continues to fall behind the rest of the provinces when it comes to COVID-19 testing. 

 Here are some concerns we are working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:

  • Concerns about the state of long-term care and seniors homes before COVID-19.
  • Ongoing concerns about small businesses that are failing, with some facing eviction — through no fault of their own — because there is no provincial support in place for expenses like commercial rent.

Email me to let me know how you’re doing, what you’re concerned about: jharden-co@ndp.on.ca