Planning Guide for Community Agencies
Toronto Public Health has developed a Pandemic Planning Guide for Community Agencies that identifies issues and critical elements of emergency preparedness that organizations should consider in planning for a pandemic. This resource is attached and available on the City’s website at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/community-settings-workplaces/ under the “Community Agencies” heading.
COVID-19 Guidance for Food Banks and Donation Centres
Toronto Public Health has developed a COVID-19 guidance document for food banks and donation centres. This resource is attached and can be found on the City’s website at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/community-settings-workplaces/ under the “Food Premises” drop-down.
Food Bank Mapping- 211 Toronto
The updated food bank map has been developed and is available on 211 Toronto’s website. Direct link: https://www.211toronto.ca/topic/Central%20Region/ORGANIZATION/fht142/Central%20Region.
Contact for Questions/Concerns about Food Insecurity or Food Access
If your agency has a concern or question in regards to food insecurity or food access, please contact either:
Your community food program partner, if you are a member agency (Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank, Second Harvest); OR
Your cluster coordinator through the City-United Way Community Coordination Plan.
Toronto Employment and Social Services: April Ontario Works Cheque Pick Up Information
Please click here for a document from TESS outlining April Ontario Works Cheque Pick up and Card Replacement Information.
SSHA Updated FAQ and Resources Document for Shelter, 24-Hour Respite, and 24-Hour Women’s Drop-In Providers
Shelter, Support & Housing Administration has updated the Frequently Asked Questions document for Shelter, 24-Hour Respite, and 24-Hour Women’s Drop-in providers. Please find this resource here.
SSHA Information Following March 27, 2020 City-Community COVID-19 Response Table Meeting
- SSHA has opened ten new facilities since March 16 (further details below):
- Eight new programs for extra space
- One program for people requiring self-isolation due to travel
- One program for people who are waiting for test results
- In addition, SSHA is working with Inner-City Health Associates and provincial partners on a program for COVID-19 recovery.
SSHA Response—Increasing Social/Physical Distancing Spaces
- SSHA has opened eight new facilities with more than 350 new spaces to create more opportunity for social distancing for clients from shelters, 24-hour respites and 24-hour drop-ins.
- 354 George Street
- Six community centres, five operated by City staff
- This includes one community centre space dedicated to at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed
- One site to offset the early wind-down of Out of the Cold programs
- This is NOT to create additional capacity in our shelters but will allow SSHA to create more opportunities for physical distancing.
- On March 19, 2020, the Province of Ontario was granted a court order to suspend the enforcement of all residential evictions. As well, the Landlord and Tenant Board is suspending eviction hearings except on matters of criminal activity or impairing safety.
- Residents with eviction-related questions or concerns are directed to contact the Province of Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit phone at 416-585-7214. Link to website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/solve-disagreement-your-landlord-or-tenant.
- Court Order: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/chief-justice-court-order-susp-resid-evict/
- Landlord-Tenant Board: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/en/latest-news/