Simcoe North Specific COVID-19 Information
Daily Updates by the Province of Ontario - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
Web Resources to Assist You Better:
Provincial Booking System
- English: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
- French: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/emplacements-pour-la-vaccination
Find the regions where the AstraZeneca vaccine was initially launched in pharmacies in March 2021:
- English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60628/ontario-pharmacies-and-primary-care-settings-to-begin-offering-covid-19-vaccinations
- French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/60628/les-pharmacies-et-les-etablissements-de-soins-primaires-de-lontario-offriront-la-vaccination-contre-la-covid-19
Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen:
- English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000161/ontario-releases-three-step-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-the-province
- French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1000161/lontario-devoile-son-plan-daction-pour-le-deconfinement-en-trois-phases
- English: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
- French: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/emplacements-pour-la-vaccination
Information on COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario:
- English: ca/COVIDvaccine t
- French: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/fr/vaccins-contre-la-covid-19-en-ontario
COVID-19 Advisory of Ontario/Science Table - https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/
ASSISTANCE FOR ONTARIO BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT
Ontario Small Business Support Grant call centre has been expanded adding a second function to the ServiceOntario call centre, the client care line to assist to resolve complex questions businesses may have pertaining to applications submitted before the deadline of April 7/21. More complex cases that require additional approvals/analysis will be escalated to the program area to be resolved through this new expansion.
Client Care Line - Business Line
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m.
RAPID COVID TESTING KITS AVAILABLE TO SMALL/MEDIUM BUSINESSES (FREE)
May 19/21: The Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce will soon be distributing free self-screening kits to small and medium-sized businesses throughout Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny
The goal of the program, is to identify asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals from spreading COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and around the community.
Small and medium-sized businesses can register at southergeorgianbay.ca/workplace-screening and click on the ‘Order Self Screening Kits’ to order their two-week supply of Abbott Panbio Antigen screening kits using a very simple form.
A designate from each small and medium-sized businesses, responsible for supervising the self-screening collection onsite, will be required to attend the site for the initial pick-up where they will receive video training to properly supervise the screening process and safely dispose of the used kits.
Each Small and medium-sized businesses will be required to electronically submit their screening results after each occasion and will be recommended to screen staff twice weekly. The accumulated data will be reported to the Ministry of Health bimonthly.
If a screen results in a positive for COVID-19, the employee will be required to leave the workplace and notify public health to arrange for a PCR Test at an approved Public Health Collection Site and awaiting further instructions from Simcoe Muskoka Public Health.
The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative. Through this initiative, the Orillia District Chamber will roll out free rapid tests for small- and medium-sized businesses in Orillia and across Lake Country.
The COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative will provide free rapid antigen tests for employees of small and medium-sized businesses. The tests will be distributed through participating local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Ontario. Businesses (including non-chamber members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to participate in this program. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and around the community in Orillia and Lake Country.
Tests can be ordered from www.RapidTestOrillia.com.
- Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (OSMH Assessment Centre Info and COVID-19 Information) : https://www.osmh.on.ca/covid-19/
- Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH Assessment Centre Info and COVID-19 Information) : http://gbgh.on.ca/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-updates/
- Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit : http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus
Good Doctors continue to provide much needed non-emergency care in Brechin, Midland and Orillia so the Emergency Department can focus their resources on those in most urgent needs. They are also working with Couchiching OHT Covid Assessment Centre to coordinate care.
Good Doctors can care for patients from home via telephone and video visits where appropriate; and where necessary, and at clinics in Brechin, Midland and Orillia. Nursing staff - Monday to Friday, however, patients MUST call first for advance screening prior to clinic visit
City of Orillia: https://www.orillia.ca/en/city-hall/covid-19-information.aspx#
Town of Midland: https://www.midland.ca/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
Township of Ramara: https://www.ramara.ca/Pages/Admin/COVID-19.aspx
Chippewas of Rama First Nation:http://www.mnjikaning.ca/Pages/default.aspx
Township of Tiny - https://www.tiny.ca/Pages/Coronavirus-COVID-19.aspx
Township of Tay - https://www.tay.ca/en/your-municipality/covid-19.asp
Township of Oro-Medonte - https://www.oro-medonte.ca/community/covid-19-information
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Complying with Emergency Orders
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), there are consequences for businesses and individuals who choose to defy the Act while emergency orders are in force. The OPP encourages everyone to voluntarily comply with all of these short-term restrictions.
North Simcoe Business Recovery Task Force
Stop the Spread Business Information Line/Essential Businesses
1-888-444-3659 or https://www.ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19
Service Ontario Services (updated as of June 2/20)
There are more than 40 of the most commonly used ServiceOntario transactions available online 24/7: https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario.
The validity period for driver and vehicle products and health cards has been extended to help reduce the need to that visit a ServiceOntario at this time.
Reminder: until further notice, you will not need to renew these products, even if they have expired:
- health cards
- driver’s licences
- licence plate stickers
- Ontario Photo Cards
- Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates and more
Reminder: Service Ontario have extended the expiry date on many of our products, like driver’s licences, health cards, and licence plate stickers.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please do not visit a ServiceOntario centre unless it's absolutely necessary. https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario-centre-closures#section-1
Mental Health and Addictions:
If you or a loved one may be struggling, we encourage you to reach out for help. Please visit www.Ontario.ca/MentalHealth for a more comprehensive list of resources and supports.
For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
For Ontarians over the age of 18, please contact ConnexOntario for mental health, addictions and/or problem gambling supports at 1-866-531-2600. Help is available by phone in over 200 languages. You can also reach out via their chat service 24/7 at www.connexontario.ca.
For Ontarians age 15+, you can access BounceBack Ontario and their guided self-help program using workbooks with phone coaching support, visit bouncebackontario.ca, call 1-866-345-0224, or ask your primary care provider for a referral.
Children, Youth, and Post-Secondary Students:
Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services by visiting a Children’s Mental Health Ontario child and youth mental health centre. Please visit www.CMHO.org/findhelp to find help close to home. OHIP and referrals are not required.
Ontarians of all ages can also contact Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 for 24/7 support. Young people can also text TALK to 686868, and adults can text WELLNESS to 741741.
Good2Talk is a free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Call 1-866-925-5454 or connect by dialing 2-1-1. Learn more at www.good2talk.ca
The Hope for Wellness Helpline can provide immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Call 1-855-242-3310 for support.
Talk 4 Healing can also provide help, support and resources to Indigenous women seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Services are available in 14 languages. Call toll-free at 1-855-554-4325, or send a text at 1-855-554-4325.
PPE SUPPLIERS FOR BUSINESSES
3M Canada - Option for PPE products, especially for masks - www.3mcanada.ca
Safety Media also has PPE gloves - safetymedia.com
Swish for masks, gloves, cleaning products and sanitizers - swishclean.com/
Heretic Spirits in Collingwood is taking orders for hand sanitizer – hereticspirits.com/sanitizer
Georgian Bay Spirit Co. in Collingwood is also selling sanitizer - Georgian Bay Spirits
First for Safety (Midland): https://www.firstforsafety.ca/product-section.php?id=1
Blue Mountain Linen (Orillia) - https://bluemountainlinen.com/
Enbridge Response to COVID-19
As the situation continues to evolve, Enbridge will monitor new developments and implement appropriate steps to protect their employees and customers. They will endeavor to provide updates regularly on their website.
Frequently Asked Question - How is Enbridge assisting impacted customers in Ontario?
• Emergency relief is available for low-income customers having trouble paying their bill through the Energy Assistance Program: https://www.enbridgegas.com/My-Account/How-to-Pay-Your-Bill
• Enbridge Gas has a long history of working directly with customers who are falling behind on their gas bills, to establish payment plans. Payment arrangements allow customers to make installment payments against their balance, avoid late payment penalties and prevent collection activity on the account. Based on account status, customers can choose the number of installments, amounts and payment dates.
• Any customer who has concerns about their ability to make their utility payment should contact:
- Homes and businesses formerly served by Union Gas: https://www.uniongas.com/residential/manage-your-account/pay-your-bill/behind-in-payments
- Homes and businesses formerly served by Enbridge Gas Distribution: https://www.enbridgegas.com/sign-in?returnUrl=%2Fmy-account%2Fmanage-my-account%2FPayment-Arrangement
The Lighthouse "More than a Shelter"
Continue to collectively work with the Simcoe County District Health Unit for the most up-todate and accurate information. Also working closely with the County of Simcoe and City of Orillia
for best practices and care for those experiencing homelessness.
The Lighthouse is now offering the following:
• Emergency Men’s Shelter OPEN (at a local hotel)
• Emergency Women’s Shelter OPEN (Temporary) (at a local hotel)
• Daily bagged lunches are available for pick up out front of The Lighthouse
from 11:30am-12:00pm from Mon–Fri
• Office is OPEN at 48 Peter St S Mon-Fri 9am-4pm for telephone housing
supports and shelter inquires 705-329-2265 (intercom at the door)
Registered shelter participants will continue to receive all services, including housing supports and three meals a day. Extra health precautions, COVID 19 screening and increasing cleaning
have been put in place to keep the participants, volunteers and staff safe. Daily bagged lunches are still being offered to assist those with food insecurity or those living on
the street. Strict physical distancing protocols are in place.
Financial donations to assist through this crisis, please contact Lynn Thomas, Development Coordinator at [email protected] or go to orillialighthouse.ca/donate-now
Food and restaurant donations or to find out about possible volunteer possibilities, please contact Trish Holloway, Operations Manager, at [email protected]
Chigamik Community Health Centre - beginning April 20th
CHIGAMIK has launched an Emergency Food Program . To register now, read the eligibility below AND fill out the form provided in the link below.
Eligible participants will have access to a bag of produce once per week for six consecutive weeks.
Those who do not meet the criteria for the weekly produce bag, may register for a one time gift card to ValueMart to purchase emergency food items.
*Quantities are limited and based on a first come first served model.
Weekly Produce Bag–
You need to identify as having emergency food related challenges and you need to be either a family with at least one child between 0-12 years of age or an older adult age 55 and up.
Emergency Food Card, one-time emergency food card -
You need to identify as having emergency food related challenges.
Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (for advice about offences under the Residential Tenancies Act) - 1-888-772-9277
Family Responsibility Office (FRO)
The FRO office is still open, but operating at a reduced capacity, with reduced staffing levels to respect social distancing. As such, clients can still call FRO and receive core services, but there will be longer than normal wait times. FRO asks for your patience as they strive to continue to provide high-quality client service during this difficult time.
• Phones are still open, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but clients will experience longer than normal wait times due to FRO having fewer staff available.
• FRO Online: Clients will be able to access their basic case information using FRO’s self-service online tool. If a client would like to sign up for FRO Online, they will have to phone FRO to register.
• FRO’s automated client information: Clients can access automated information regarding last payment, balance and enforcement actions any time by calling FRO. Clients will need their 7-digit case number and PIN when they call.
• Support payors: FRO expects payors to continue to make payments as per their court order, and if there is a change in circumstances as a result of COVID-19, please inform FRO immediately as they will work with you to make necessary adjustments.
• Support recipients: FRO will continue to flow payments to recipients as they receive them. If they do not receive payments, they will take the appropriate actions to get payments flowing.
FRO client inquiry line: Toronto: 416-326-1817, Toll-free: 1-800-267-4330, TTY: 1-866-545-0083
Agents are available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Automated case information is available 24 hours a day.
Ontario Health & Safety Centre for Workers
Toll-free information line 1-877-202-0008 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday for inquiries about workplace health and safety.
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
- Learn more about the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
SPARK Ontario Volunteer Portal:
- Ontario is helping to connect community organizations with volunteers the province needs to help support older adults, people with disabilities and others in need of assistance while they stay home.
- We are working with SPARK Ontario, the province’s first bilingual online volunteer gateway, to mobilize potential volunteers to support those in greatest need.
LOCAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY COMMUNITIES
(PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO OUR LIST [email protected])
Orillia and Area
Orillia Area Community Development Corp (CDC)
Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe
Status of Services Link (includes groceries, pharmacies, restaurants and delivery support Services) -
FarmtoDoor.ca - offers online local food ordering and delivery to Penetanguishene, Midland, Tiny and Tay three times per week -
TRANSPORTATION FOR VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS
Community Reach North Simcoe offers community transportation through Transportation Linking Communities (TLC). TLC is an inclusive community program providing rides for people without access to transportation. https://communityreach.ca/
For residents of North Simcoe, ages 18+
An application & confirmation by a Health Professional is required
Parent & Child — children can travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Local transportation for health, shopping and social activities – no fee
Out of North Simcoe transportation for specialized health services – please call for fee schedule
Rides provided in volunteer cars & accessible vans
Contact [email protected] or phone 705-528-6999 to find out how to apply