The Province sent out an emergency alert advising travellers that they are at high risk of spreading COVID-19, and that travellers are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days. I am sure you saw it come in on your phone.
The Premier also provided an update on the issue of price gouging. He said that his discussed it with his cabinet yesterday, and the government will be looking at ways to implement “severe fines” for retailers that price gouge during this emergency. I suspect that the government will work within existing consumer protection and emergency powers legislation to address this.
Minister Phillips reiterated the support that Ontario’s Action Plan provides for businesses.
- Hospitality Sector: Takeout and Delivery of Alcohol
- $10 billion available over the next month to provide cash flow for businesses through tax deferrals and other measures. The Minister stressed that he is working in coordination with his federal counterpart.
- 5 month grace period for business to file or pay provincial taxes (employer health, gas, tobacco tax)
- WSIB premiums to be deferred up to 6 months.
- Cutting taxes by $355 million for about 57,000 employers through a proposed temporary increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption
The Premier asked that Ontarians listen to the please from rural mayors, and avoid self isolating at cottages. The Premier stressed that this is causing additional strain on the supplies in small communities, and on the local health systems.
Minister Elliott acknowledged that sourcing PPE and ventilators is the top priority of the government every day. Both the Premier and Minister are actively working with their regular suppliers, the federal government, and Ontario companies that are stepping up to help.