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Toronto, Mar 30 (Canadian-Media): Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement today in response to COVID-19.
Dr. David Williams. Image credit: Twitter
"The Government of Ontario continues to take decisive action to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help contain its spread and to protect the public. This has involved some unprecedented measures, and I know many of you continue to undertake great efforts to protect your families, friends, neighbours, clients and patients, and communities.
However, we must do more.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 - there is no option for anyone to opt out.
The lives of many Ontarians, especially our community's most vulnerable citizens, is in your hands and will depend on your actions over the coming days and weeks.
I strongly recommend you and other members of your household stay home except for essential reasons, such as to: Access health care services; Shop for groceries; Pick-up medication at the pharmacy; Walk pets when required; and Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs.
To the fullest extent possible, you should also limit the number of these essential trips. However, when you are out in public you must adhere to physical distancing by reducing your exposure to other people outside of your household by keeping two metres from other people.
Given the greater risk of severe outcomes to Ontarians who are elderly, I am also strongly recommending that individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate. This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands. This also applies to individuals who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions.
As we have been saying repeatedly, it is critically important to wash your hands regularly (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available), practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and avoid direct contact when greeting people.
In addition, as previously communicated and mandated by the federal government, all individuals who are returning from travel outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they return. You must not go to work, grocery stores or on walks. You should also monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after returning and contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) if you experience symptoms of COVID-19.
I also ask that family members, individuals, neighbours, and services in our communities look at how they can support others by taking these necessary actions. This would allow seniors, other at-risk populations, and returning travellers to remain at home.
The government is continuing to support all of the dedicated health care providers and front-line workers who are focused on keeping Ontarians healthy and safe.
We need to remember that we all have an obligation to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to our families, friends, neighbours, and communities. Please do not underestimate the impact that your actions will have in helping to stop the spread of this virus.
For more information on COVID-19, including the current status of the outbreak, the online self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care, how Ontario is responding, and how to self isolate, please visit Ontario's COVID-19 web page.
Thank you for your ongoing action and commitment."
Toronto, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, it has been decided to discontinue walk-in passport, PCC and Attestation services in the Consulate with immediate effect, until further notice, Consulate General of India, Toronto reports said.
Applicants are advised to submit their passport and PCC applications by Post/Courier at BLS International (20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Bramption, ON L6X5A5, Canada. BLS can be contacted at
email – email@example.com;
Phone - Brampton/Toronto – 4163072237; Winnipeg- 2042853985;
website - https://www.blsindia-canada.com/.
For other Consular service, including attestation, etc, applicants may send their applications by Post/courier with required documents/fee along with self-address prepaid envelope to the Consulate General of India (365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4).
Details for this are available on Consulate’s website under Consular Tab: www.cgitoronto.gov.in
HELPLINES / EMAILS / SOCIAL MEDIA operational from 0800-2230 hours
Student-related queries: - 437-239-4077
Consular / travel related queries:
647-668-4108 // 437-243-1566 /
Twitter – IndiainToronto @IndiainToronto
Facebook - India in Toronto -Consulate General of India @cgindiatoronto
For Immediate Release
Toronto, Mar 24 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory calls on private landlords to put policies in place to help unemployed tenants and communicate them.
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook
Today Tory announced the City is taking action to help Toronto's most vulnerable tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After consulting with Mayor Tory and City staff, who approved both the form of the help and the financial implications for Toronto Community Housing, TCHC confirmed today that it will be flexible and work with market rent and rent-geared-to-income (RGI) tenants whose employment income has been impacted by COVID-19.
“These are extraordinary times and we know there are some people who need extraordinary help. The City of Toronto is doing everything it can to help people. That is why Toronto Community Housing is showing leadership and working with tenants who have suddenly lost their jobs to make sure they can stay in their homes. That is why the City has also sent direction to all social housing providers to be flexible and exercise discretion when it comes to households hit hard by this current emergency. I urge all landlords across the city to do what they can to help tenants who suddenly find themselves in very different circumstances due to this pandemic” said Tory
For rent-geared-to-income households, which make up about 90 per cent of TCHC tenants, the housing corporation will recalculate their rent based on employment income changes owing to job loss or layoff incurred because of COVID-19. Rent will be adjusted or deferred in order to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19.
For market rent tenants whose income has been reduced as a result of a job loss or layoff because of the COVID-19 response, TCHC will consider various case-specific options to assist them, which may include arranging for payment deferment plans that suit their situation over the next few months.
The City also issued broad direction today to over 200 social and affordable housing providers responsible for over 33,000 units reinforcing that the housing stability of residents is a top priority. Housing providers have been directed to be flexible, exercise discretion, and to work with households whose employment-related income is affected due to the current emergency.
These actions follow the teleconference on Monday with major private residential landlords as part of the Mayor's Economic Support and Recovery Task Force. On the call, the Mayor surveyed how landlords plan to help tenants who may have lost their job due to the recent economic turmoil and have rent due soon. Many of the companies pledged to help tenants who need it. A number of companies have detailed policies in place to assist tenants whose income has been diminished by the health crisis, but far too many have not communicated anything to reassure anxious tenants who in the ordinary course have rent payments due on April 1.
While the City has no power to direct landlords, the Mayor strongly urges all property owners to find ways to help tenants who need it to stay in their homes during these unprecedented times. The Mayor also made it clear yesterday that he expects landlords to proactively communicate with their tenants with respect to policies they have in place which are available to tenants financially displaced by COVID-19.
“People across our City are facing challenges we could not have imagined even a month ago. That is why we are taking every step necessary to support them, including having the TCHC work with our tenants to ensure their rents are manageable and their homes secure. Our example will also be our request of all social housing providers and private landlords. Supporting each other we will get through this together, ” said Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão
‘The City's Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Division is working closely with social and affordable housing providers to make necessary adjustments and accommodations in these rapidly evolving times. We have sent a clear message to housing providers that they have to help people who need it during these difficult times,” said Deputy Mayor Thompson
“We recognize that many tenants who have lost income or been displaced from their jobs by the COVID-19 emergency are feeling anxious because their rent is due on April 1st. We want to assure them that TCHC will be flexible, given their changed circumstances, and adjust or defer rent payments this month and beyond if necessary. As a City corporation with a responsibility to the people of Toronto, we will apply flexible solutions that balance the ability of tenants to pay with the increased costs we are incurring as a result of COVID-19,” said TCHC President and CEO Kevin Marshman
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Toronto, Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): Today, Mayor John Tory declared a State of Emergency in the city of Toronto after receiving advice this morning from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the Office of Emergency Management.
John Tory. Image credit: Twitter
"We are declaring a State of Emergency as part of the City's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead. I know this is an incredibly tough time for residents across our city. I want them to know that we are doing everything we can at the City to fight this virus while continuing to deliver our essential and critical services. I remain confident that we will get through this pandemic by continuing to work together and all following the advice of our public health professionals," Tory said.
Through his office, the Mayor has also been in communication with the members of City Council, and has spoken to both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford.
The declaration of a municipal emergency is part of the City's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.
We know the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in our city and that the next few days are absolutely critical in our ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19. In making this declaration, Mayor Tory strongly encourages our residents to continue taking every precaution in protecting themselves – stay home, stay safe, and only venture out to buy essential supplies once a week. Even better, order online if at all possible.
While the Mayor thanks the residents and businesses who are listening to public health advice and practising social distancing, we know from our public health professionals that there are many who are continuing to put their health and the health of our community at risk.
This declaration sends the strongest possible message to our residents to stay home and to change their behaviour.
This decision was not taken lightly. It is part of an overall collaborative effort and cooperation with the Government of Canada led by Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Ontario led by Premier Ford – both of whom the Mayor has worked very well with throughout this crisis.
It also comes after we learned on the weekend about the first death of a Toronto resident related to COVID-19. It is a tragic reminder that we are confronting a deadly virus. That is why it is so important that we all continue to do everything we can to keep COVID-19 from continuing to spread.
The Mayor continues to ask all non-essential businesses to close – as the Medical Officer of Health has urged publicly – and as the Government of Ontario has ordered. To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. Mayor Tory supports this action by the province and has been clear that he will support further recommendations and orders from the Medical Officer of Health and the provincial and federal governments if people do not comply with the need to stay home.
Later this afternoon, Dr. Eileen de Villa and Chief Matthew Pegg will outline, in greater detail, what this declaration means for essential and critical workers, and how it assists in the City’s operations as it works to protect Torontonians.
Right now across Toronto, our healthcare workers are confronting the reality of COVID-19. The Mayor is making this emergency declaration in support of our healthcare workers and all City workers focused on this crisis, to make sure we flatten the curve, and protect our healthcare system.
While the declaration does not change the Level 3 status of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, it does provide City staff with the necessary flexibility to access resources in a more timely way so it can continue to keep the city functioning and safe.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports, and economic recovery measures. Check https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.
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Toronto, Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): Consul General of India, Toronto has provided the links of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in the wake of the spread of Corona Virus. The links are as follows:
#ConsGenOfIndiaToronto; #UpdatedTravelAdvisory; #ComprehensiveGuidetoCOVID-19
Toronto, Mar 17 (Canadan-Media): The following travel advisory, in compliance with the , was issued by the office of the to be effective from March 18, 2020
Toronto, Mar 16 (Canadian-Media): It was reported by the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto it would be discontinue in person emergency consular services in the office.
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News Release issued by the City of Toronto Media Relations
Toronto, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media): Yesterday, based on recommendations from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, the City of Toronto cancelled most programming and closed a number of facilities in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the city. The City of Toronto recognizes residents and businesses have many questions about service impacts.
Cancellations and closures are now listed online on https://www.toronto.ca/. Residents and businesses with questions about program and service impacts should read the webpage carefully. Webpages on toronto.ca are also available for translation into 51 languages. A “translate” button sits at the bottom of each webpage.
311 and the Toronto Public Health Hotline are experiencing a very high volume of calls. Answers to the many questions residents have are available at toronto.ca. By using this online resource, wait times can be reduced, allowing staff to address more complex questions over the phone.
The revised service impact webpage has information on all major City programs and services, including:
• March Break camp cancellations
• Child care centre closures
• Recreation and community centre closures
• Shelter and supports for individuals experiencing homelessness
• Event permit cancellations
• Library, museum, gallery, and theatre closures
Emergency services, garbage collection, water treatment, TTC and road maintenance operations are unaffected and will continue to deliver services to residents and businesses.
The City’s website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. People are encouraged to check back often for the latest information on programs and services.
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Toronto, Mar 13 (Canadian-Media): FAQs on the advisory for travel to India prepared by the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto is being attached.
#SuspensionOfOpenHouseFacility; #OfficeOfConsGenOfIndiaToronto; #Coronavirus; #COVID19
Toronto, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): In the wake of increasing number of cases, it has been decided to suspend the OPEN HOUSE facility in the Consulate (365 Bloor Street East, Toronto) until further notice, Consulate General of India Toronto reported March 12.
For the time being, applicants are requested to use the email facility to resolve their issues.
Following are the emails of concerned officers:
Mr. Hoti Lal, Consul (CPV): firstname.lastname@example.org -- For surrender of Indian passport, Police Clearance, Visa or attestation matters
Mr. P.K. Munjal, Consul (Passport & OCI): email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org -- For Passport and OCI matters
Mr. R.S. Rawat, Vice Consul (Visa): email@example.com -- For visa related matters
In case, it is required to meet the officer, prior appointment may be scheduled with the concerned officer.