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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
Ontario Increasing Restrictions to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
April 16, 2021
This afternoon, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced a tightening of restrictions across the province in an effort to further limit mobility and slow the spread of COVID-19. These actions are intended to protect our hospital and ICU capacity whose occupancy are at their highest level and to allow more time to vaccinate Ontarians.
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Ontario Declares Third Provincial State of Emergency
April 7, 2021
This afternoon, in consultation with Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government announced it is enacting a third declaration of provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) and a province-wide Stay-at-Home Order effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks.
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Ontario Announces Provincewide “Emergency Brake” Shutdown
April 1, 2021
This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide “emergency brake” effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks to try to control the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts. The COVID-19 Response Framework will pause as the emergency brake comes into place.
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Ontario Provides Details on Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan
March 5, 2021
This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, provided the much-anticipated details for vaccine rollout to more Ontarians.
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Federal Government Announces Extension of COVID-19 Emergency Benefits
March 3, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland announced an extension of COVID-19 emergency economic benefits through June 5, 2021.
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Application Now Open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant
January 15, 2021
This morning the Ontario government announced that applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant is now open. The previously announced grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses whose operations have been restricted due to the Province-wide Shutdown.
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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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Federal Government Announces Launch of COVID-19 Contact Tracing App and Outlined Future of Canadian Emergency Response Benefit
July 31, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of the COVID Alert national contact tracing app, as well as a variety of other updates.
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Federal Government Announces Proposed Extension and Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
July 17, 2020
Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a proposed extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December 19, 2020.
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Federal Government Reaches $19 Billion Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces and Territories
July 16, 2020
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister announced that the federal government has reached a $19 billion Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces and Territories.
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Federal Economic Snapshot
July 8, 2020
Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a federal economic snapshot of the Canadian fiscal situation four months into the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ontario Increasing Restrictions to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
April 16, 2021
This afternoon, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced a tightening of restrictions across the province in an effort to further limit mobility and slow the spread of COVID-19. These actions are intended to protect our hospital and ICU capacity whose occupancy are at their highest level and to allow more time to vaccinate Ontarians.
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Ontario Declares Third Provincial State of Emergency
April 7, 2021
This afternoon, in consultation with Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government announced it is enacting a third declaration of provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) and a province-wide Stay-at-Home Order effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks.
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Ontario Announces Provincewide “Emergency Brake” Shutdown
April 1, 2021
This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide “emergency brake” effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks to try to control the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts. The COVID-19 Response Framework will pause as the emergency brake comes into place.
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Ontario Provides Details on Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan
March 5, 2021
This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, provided the much-anticipated details for vaccine rollout to more Ontarians.
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Application Now Open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant
January 15, 2021
This morning the Ontario government announced that applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant is now open. The previously announced grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses whose operations have been restricted due to the Province-wide Shutdown.
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Provincewide Shutdown Announced for December 26
December 21, 2020
Today, the Ontario government announced the province will enter a second provincewide shutdown starting Saturday December 26 at 12:01 am. A provincewide lockdown is needed to reduce COVID transmission, prevent people travelling between regions and preserve health system capacity. The five public health units in the north will be in lockdown for two weeks, while Southern Ontario will be in lockdown for four weeks. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will be monitoring the data and will assess if it is safe to lift the restrictions or if they need to be extended.
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Federal Government Announces New $1 Billion Rapid Housing Initiative
October 27, 2020
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, alongside Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen announced a $1 billion investment to launch the new Rapid Housing Initiative which will support the development of affordable housing units. Almost $300 million of this new housing investment will go to Ontario’s large municipalities.
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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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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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