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A resource guide for programs and initiatives launched by all levels of government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team will continue to update this page as new announcements are made and more information about initiatives becomes available.

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Latest COVID-19 updates from Sussex
Faced with COVID’s Second Wave, Premier Ford Re-Imposes Restrictions in Hot Spots
October 9, 2020
Premier Ford announced that Ontario’s main hotspots of Ottawa, Peel and Toronto will be moving to a modified version of Stage 2 for at least the next 28 days.
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Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Delivers on Both
October 7, 2020
Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has tabled two significant initiatives designed to provide real world, tangible help to Ontario businesses and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods.
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Ontario Models and Prepares for COVID-19’s Second Wave
October 2, 2020
The Ford government has been unveiling the measures making up the pillars of Ontario’s fall preparedness plan.
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CERB Replacement Passes House of Commons in First Trudeau Confidence Measure
September 30, 2020
The House of Commons unanimously passed legislation containing new benefits for Canadians unemployed because of COVID-19 and for workers forced to take time off because of illness, isolation, or family care needs.
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Liberals Unveil More Generous Employment Benefits, Paving Way for NDP Throne Speech Support
September 25, 2020
The Federal government unveiled legislation to implement new employment benefits to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
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Federal Government Announces Additional $2 Billion to Help Schools Reopen Safely
August 26, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to $2 billion in funding to support the provinces and territories in safely reopening schools.
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CERB Replacement Passes House of Commons in First Trudeau Confidence Measure
September 30, 2020
The House of Commons unanimously passed legislation containing new benefits for Canadians unemployed because of COVID-19 and for workers forced to take time off because of illness, isolation, or family care needs.
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Liberals Unveil More Generous Employment Benefits, Paving Way for NDP Throne Speech Support
September 25, 2020
The Federal government unveiled legislation to implement new employment benefits to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
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Federal Government Announces Additional $2 Billion to Help Schools Reopen Safely
August 26, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to $2 billion in funding to support the provinces and territories in safely reopening schools.
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Government Extends CERB and Announces New COVID-19 ‘Recovery’ Financial Benefits
August 20, 2020
Federal Ministers Carla Qualtrough and Chrystia Freeland announced next steps to provide support to individuals whose ability to work has been impacted by COVID-19.
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Federal Government to Impose Dollar-for-Dollar Countermeasures to Trump’s Aluminum Tariffs
August 7, 2020
In response to US President Donald Trump’s announcement of a 10% tariff on certain Canadian aluminum imports, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced dollar-for-dollar counter measures on US imports to Canada for a total of $3.6 billion (CAN).
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Federal Government Announces a $3.3 Billion COVID-19 Infrastructure Fund
August 6, 2020
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Hon. Catherine McKenna announced a new, temporary $3.3 billion COVID-19 Resilience stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
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Faced with COVID’s Second Wave, Premier Ford Re-Imposes Restrictions in Hot Spots
October 9, 2020
Premier Ford announced that Ontario’s main hotspots of Ottawa, Peel and Toronto will be moving to a modified version of Stage 2 for at least the next 28 days.
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Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Delivers on Both
October 7, 2020
Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has tabled two significant initiatives designed to provide real world, tangible help to Ontario businesses and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods.
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Ontario Models and Prepares for COVID-19’s Second Wave
October 2, 2020
The Ford government has been unveiling the measures making up the pillars of Ontario’s fall preparedness plan.
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Ontario Releases 2020-21 First Quarter Finances and Announces $1.6 Billion in First Round of Emergency Funding for Ontario Municipalities
August 13, 2020
The Ontario government released its report on the 2020-21 First Quarter Finances, which provides information on the fiscal and economic outlook from April 1 to June 30, 2020.
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Ontario Announces Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September and Plan for Return of Child Care to Full Capacity
July 30, 2020
The Ontario government released the long promised plan for reopening schools, as well as its plan to allow child care centres to return to full capacity starting September 1, 2020.
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Ontario Moves Toronto and Peel Region to Stage 3 and Launches Independent Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
July 29, 2020
The Ontario government announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region will move to Stage 3 on July 31 and launched the independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care.
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Ontario Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 Changes Landscape for Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Projects
July 13, 2020
Our Municipal and Provincial Teams continue to analyze the newly introduced Government of Ontario legislation: Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020.
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Online Licensing and Permit Applications Launches in Toronto
July 8, 2020
The City of Toronto announced the launch of a new online business licensing and permits application process that allows for applications, document submissions, and payments to be completed virtually.
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Final Week for Toronto’s Reopening Strategy Survey Feedback
June 23, 2020
Seven days are left for businesses, individuals and community groups to complete the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild’s survey on the City’s recovery strategy.
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Toronto Provides Businesses with Expanded Guidance for Reopening
June 17, 2020
Mayor John Tory announced that the City has expanded its guidance resources for local businesses and organizations preparing for re-opening when Toronto enters into Stage 2.
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Federal Government Announces $2.2 Billion in Municipal Gas Tax Funding
June 1, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an early transfer of $2.2 billion in federal Gas Tax funding for Canadian municipal infrastructure projects.
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How to Reopen Downtown Toronto – The City Wants to Hear From You
May 29, 2020
Mayor John Tory announced that the City is partnering with 24 major employers, including universities, major banks and insurance institutions to support a gradual reopening of offices and employment centres.
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Paula Conboy Featured on iPolitics
August 12, 2020
Senior Counsel, Paula Conboy, discussed her experience in the energy sector and how it influences her role at Sussex with iPolitics.
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COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act and the Environment
July 8, 2020
The Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020.
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Ontario Announces Immediate Changes to Industrial Conservation Initiative in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
June 26, 2020
The Government of Ontario approved an amendment to O.Reg 429/04 respecting the Industrial Conservative Initiative (ICI).
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What We’re Reading This Week - Sussex Environment Team
June 19, 2020
June 12 – June 19: A reading list from our Sussex Environment Team for the weekend!
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What We’re Reading This Week - Sussex Environment Team
June 12, 2020
June 5 – June 12: A reading list from our Sussex Environment Team for the weekend!
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What We’re Reading This Week - Sussex Environment Team
June 5, 2020
May 29 – June 5: A reading list from our Sussex Environment Team for the weekend!
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