Government of Ontario

Gilles Bisson

MPP Timmins

Stay in the loop

last updated: May 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Disclaimer: Please note that this situation is constantly evolving. As all levels of government coordinate their response, please stay informed about prevention measures and advisories issued by public health officials. 

 

Updates

Updates are available daily on the following websites:

 

PorcupineHU.on.ca

Please visit the Porcupine Health Unit website for information on local cases, how to protect yourself and where to seek further medical support. 

 

Ontario.ca/coronavirus

Information from Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you're sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily. 

 

Canada.ca/coronavirus

Information from the Government of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Updates on the national response, travel advice and preparedness.

 

Travel.gc.ca

Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada. 

 

For Medical Advice

If you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or you have been in close contact with someone who as it, use the self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.

IMPORTANT: International travellers must self-isolate for 14 days, as recommended by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Telehealth Ontario

For medical advice, you may contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

 

Porcupine Health Unit

A COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now open in Timmins. The screening is by appointment only. A referral is required by your doctor, public health or Telehealth.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at the Intrepid Place within the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming Branch building at 330 Second Avenue, Suite 201.

Hours: 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or your health care provider to be assessed for a referral. 

 

Support for Individuals

Click here for a list of supports, such as Employment Insurance and Canada Emergency Response Benefit, for individuals through the federal government.

The Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) will be topped up for eligible low-income seniors beginning April 2020 for a period of six months. Click here for more information. 

The provincial government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing six months of Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan and interest accrual relief for student borrowers. Click here to learn more about this temporary deferral.

Electricity costs will be set for residential, farm and small business time-of-use customers at the lowest rate, know as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day for 45 days. 

Mortgage relief: The six major banks have stated they would considered easing mortgage payments on a case by case basis. It is recommended that you call your bank to see what can be done.

 

Ontario Funding for Families 

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

APPLY HERE

 

Hydro Relief

Hydro One has launched a Pandemic Relief Fund to offer customers who are experiencing hardship paying their bills due to COVID-19 the opportunity to qualify for relief. The fund applies to residential, seasonal and small business customers. If you are experiencing hardship, please contact Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376. For more information, click here.

 

Please note that as this is a constantly evolving situation, that this may not be a comprehensive list. For more information on provincial supports, please click here.

 

COVID-19 Business Information

List of Essential Businesses

Toll-free hotline for businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health: 1-888-444-3659

 

On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government announced a five-month relief period for Ontario businesses who are unable to file or remit select provincial taxes on time, due to the special circumstances caused by COVID-19 in Ontario.

The provincial taxes included in the relief period are:

  • Employer Health Tax
  • Tobacco Tax
  • Fuel Tax
  • Gas Tax
  • Beer, Whine and Spirits Tax
  • Mining Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax
  • International Fuel Tax Agreement
  • Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts and Benefit Plans
  • Race Tracks Tax

For more information, please call 1-866-668-8297 or click here.

Hydro Relief

Hydro One has launched a Pandemic Relief Fund to offer customers who are experiencing hardship paying their bills due to COVID-19 the opportunity to qualify for relief. The fund applies to residential, seasonal and small business customers. If you are experiencing hardship, please contact Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376. For more information, click here.

 

The Timmins Chamber has compiled a list of useful resources for business. You can visit their website at https://www.timminschamber.on.ca/covid-19.html

 

Can your business or organization help?

The Ontario government is welcoming help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19.

Please tell the government what you have in terms of medical products (ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection), as well as any solutions or ideas that you may have. You can submit your information online here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus or you can call 1-888-777-0554.

 

The latest on the issues

May 15, 2020

Government should take action to stop price gouging in Northern Ontario

TIMMINS – Premier Ford and Energy Minister Greg Rickford should use the tools they have to take action on the price of gasoline in Northern Ontario, said Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson, as gas prices co... More
April 24, 2020

Northern Oppostion MPPs push to better internet access for rural and northern Ontario

TIMMINS- Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson was among eight Northern Ontario Opposition MPPs who wrote to Premier Doug Ford to guarantee access to affordable internet for rural and northern Ontarians. “The ... More
April 23, 2020

Northern MPPs say major long-term care and home care changes needed to save lives

QUEEN'S PARK - MPPs Gilles Bisson (Timmins) and John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane) are calling on Premier Doug Ford and his government to immediately make major changes and investments in long-ter... More