WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 6,774,440, up from 6,663,365 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 94,325 cases, up from 93,700 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 29,747 cases, up from 29,403 cases yesterday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 344 (1.2%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 23,583 have been resolved (79.3%) and there have been 2,372 deaths (8%). The province has now completed 809,053 tests and reports 12,247 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
The City of Toronto has shared a breakdown by postal code of all COVID-19 cases here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Last night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their twelfth weekly call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Readout here.
Today, the Prime Minister announced the federal government will provide $14-billion to provincial and territorial governments to support their efforts to manage the COVID-19 crisis and assist them to safely reopen their economies. The Canadian Press reports: There will be money to buy personal protective equipment for front-line health workers, for child care facilities to be able to reopen safely, and for municipal governments to help keep city services like transit running. More information here.
As well, the Prime Minister announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.
This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:
- $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.
- $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
- $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
More information here.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a six-month postponement of the 3500 MHz spectrum auction process and its associated key dates to allow the telecommunications industry to maintain its focus on providing essential services to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The auction is now scheduled to start on June 15, 2021. More information here.
Amid report this morning that the Province was considering entering Stage 2 of its economic recovery, Premier Ford told reporters today that it would not happen immediately. The Premier said he will have more to say about this next week. More information here.
While the Province of Ontario announced yesterday that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, the City of Toronto is reminding Torontonians that they must still comply with local bylaws. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws.
Under the City’s bylaws:
- People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
- Short-term rentals (any rental that is for a period of less than 28 consecutive days) are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential zones and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
- People who live in secondary suites and laneway suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite/laneway suite is their principal residence.
- Short-term rental companies will be required to be licensed with the City of Toronto in order to carry on business.
- Short-term rental operators (people renting their homes on a short-term basis) will be required to register with the City of Toronto.
More information here.
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