MPP Donna Skelly - COVID-19 Newsletter: April 29

Published on April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

Hello Friends,

I would like to provide you with another update on our government’s fight against COVID-19 and our ongoing efforts to support Ontarians through this difficult time. 

Premier Doug Ford has announced that frontline staff working in long-term care and retirement homes, group homes, jails and youth facilities will be receiving a $4 an hour pandemic premium for the next four months.

In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month will receive a lump sum payment of $250 per month. 

This means the average employee working 40 hours per week would receive an extra $3500.

As we've seen over the past number of weeks, these frontline workers are often putting themselves at risk to help save lives. We owe them an incredible debt of gratitude.

These workers have been delivering critical services that support all Ontarians, but especially the most vulnerable members of our community.

This will ensure essential workers on the frontlines are being compensated adequately, while safeguarding the sustainability of the health and social services sectors.

Our government acknowledges the tremendous contributions so many people are making in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we are further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care during this outbreak. Those who benefit will include people who work in the food supply chain, retirement homes, grocery stores, pharmacies and certain federal employees, including the military.

Emergency child care gives parents one less thing to worry about when they're on the job.

There are currently three Emergency Child Care Centres in the City of Hamilton.

Ontario will continue to monitor local needs to ensure frontline staff are able to continue working. We will communicate more details as the situation evolves.

Remember, ‘do your part and stay apart’. We will get through this together.

Donna Skelly, MPP


(905) 679-3770 

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