One in seven Ontario residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are health-care workers, a rate that is steadily rising, provincial data reveals. That puts Ontario at one of the highest rates of health-care worker infection worldwide. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Personal care.
The province has expanded the $4 an hour pay increase to more front-line workers combating COVID-19. Paramedics, public health nurses and addictions and mental health workers in hospitals and congregate care settings, and respiratory therapists will now be eligible to receive the expanded pandemic pay. The pandemic pay was initially announced Saturday and eligible workers included staff working in long-term care and retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, home and community care providers, and some staff in hospitals.>> COVID-19-related; Health care; Nursing
Toronto's Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) has shifted its efforts from training service industry workers to helping them cover their basic needs during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario. The Rapid Response Centre offers a suite of free online resources and support for hospitality and food and beverage workers left unemployed or precariously employed by the pandemic.>> COVID-19-related; Hospitality; Restaurant
An estimated 500 refugees, most from Africa, came north to Sudbury in recent months because the wait list for social housing was much shorter than in southern Ontario. Immigration system still working during the pandemic, but much slower than before... Experiences of two newcomers in the fields of personal support worker and security described. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Security.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused carnage for restaurants and hotels in Canada, MPs on the House of Commons finance committee heard Thursday.... But it’s not just businesses in the hospitality sector that are suffering. >> COVID-19-related; Hospitality; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.
Following little change (-3,400 jobs) in February, employment in the Toronto census metro area dropped by an unprecedented -72,000 jobs in March. [These numbers significantly underestimate the actual drop in hiring.] The combination of this sharp drop in hiring and a 54,000 shrinkage of the labour force pushed the metro area’s unemployment rate up from 5.4% to 6.0%, a 10-month high. COVID-19-related; Construction
Two Syrian newcomers describe how they're dealing with job losses and uncertainty and their feelings of anxiety and unease, as a reminder of living in Syria in 2011, during the civil war. >> COVID-19-related.
With the novel coronavirus still wreaking havoc on health care systems and interventions to slow its spread choking the economy, Canada's manufacturers are simultaneously riding out an unprecedented shock while also planning for an uncertain future. >> COVID-19-related; Manufacturing.
The federal government is expanding its Canada Emergency Business Account to allow more companies to qualify for interest-free loans of as much as $40,000 and will launch a new rent-relief program for Canadian companies affected by the pandemic. >> COVID-19-related; Entrepreneurship
The Ontario government is increasing labour inspections at construction sites and supermarkets to ensure workers are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. >> Construction; Retail; COVID-19-related