Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

Here we post new publications (studies, reports), government notices and more.

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.

As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Program delivery instructions

These program delivery instructions inform IRCC and Canada Border Services Agency staff on the procedures for new and existing temporary and permanent residence and citizenship applications in Canada and abroad that are affected by the disruption of services associated with impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Office Closures

To prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, some visa application centres are closed until further notice. See which offices are temporarily closed:

Province Expanding Telehealth Ontario Resources

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve locally and globally, Ontario is taking further action to ensure the province's health care system is prepared to continue to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians.

Working closely with Telehealth Ontario, the province is rapidly expanding service capacity to ensure timely responses. This is a critical step to help address the increased daily call volumes and reduce call wait times.

Phase 1: Immediately Increase Resources to Reduce Call Wait Times

IRB updates pertaining to COVID-19

As you are aware, the IRB has been actively monitoring the evolving situation around the world and here in Canada related to COVID-19. Since the outbreak, we have been taking steps to both protect the health and well-being of our staff and those who appear before the Board, while continuing to ensure access to justice to the extent possible.  

Government of Canada outlines COVID-19 response

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global challenge. The Government of Canada is working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to minimize its health, economic, and social impacts in Canada and around the world. We have worked closely with Canada’s trained public health and medical professionals to put in place the plans, infrastructure, and resources needed to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.

Ontario Enhancing COVID-19 Protections for Long-Term Care Residents, Families and Staff

Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Minister of Long-Term Care, issued the following statement related to long-term care and COVID-19 in Ontario:

The health and well-being of Ontarians, including long-term care residents, their families, and staff, is our number one priority. Ontario recently announced that the province is implementing an enhanced response structure to COVID-19 that brings together a wide range of partners to strengthen and implement provincial and regional plans.