Policy Updates


Province Announces Additional $150 Million in Social Services Relief Funding

The Ontario government has announced $150 million in funding for municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This is the second installment...

Province Releases Safety Plan for Reopening Schools in September

The Province released its plan today for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. Learn...

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Prime Minister announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a...

Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 2

The Ontario government is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government's reopening framework, with Toronto, Peel and Windsor to remain in Stage 1. Learn more.

Province Shares Plan for Reopening Child Care

The Province has announced it will allow child care operators across the province to reopen starting June 12, provided they meet public health guidelines similar to those required for emergency childcare,...

Province Moves Forward with Regional Approach to Reopening

The Province announced that it would be moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province, starting as early as June 12 for some regions. Read more in their news release.

Federal Government Announces Accelerated Infrastructure Funding Payments as "First Step" to Supporting Municipalities

The Prime Minister announced that $2.2 billion in previously-committed municipal funding through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be delivered early, calling it a "first step" in federal efforts...

Province Shares More Details on School, Child Care Closures

The Province announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Regular child care and EarlyON centres will remain closed through Stage 1 of reopening, with a gradual reopening...

Province Announces Independent Commission into Long-Term Care

The Province announced that it would be launching an independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system beginning in September. Read more in their news release.

Federal Government Announces Annual Increase to Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

The Prime Minister announced that the CCB will be increased in July. The increase will be in place for the 2020-21 benefit year, and will raise the maximum benefit to $6,765 per child under age 6, and...

Ontario Releases Guiding Principles for Phased Approach to Reopening the Province

The Province released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines criteria to be used by experts to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles...