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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB)

September 9, 2020

The Government of Ontario has created a program to help support small businesses during these challenging times. The province has pulled together $8 million to support small businesses that are struggling to pay their energy bills. The Ontario Energy Board has created the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB). The program provides a one-time, on-bill credit for electricity and natural gas accounts that have outstanding payments as of March 17, 2020.

Applications for this program are now open through Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas. Enbridge has provided a number to call to both check eligibility and to apply. That number is 1-877-362-7434.

Toronto Hydro is also accepting applications but online at https://www.torontohydro.com/covid-19.

Behaviour that saves: Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills

Free Webinar hosted by TABIA

September 9, 2020

TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) is hosting a webinar “Behaviour that saves: Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills” from September 9th through September 11th. The webinar will discuss ways that buildings can control their HVAC and lighting systems, improve their shutdown procedures and alternate their operational behaviours with little to no cost and will result in energy cost savings on their electricity and natural gas bills. They will also go through two programs that support low and no-cost energy savings, the Small Business Lighting Program provided by the IESO and Enbridge’s RunItRight program.

Follow the link below to register and select the day and time that works best. A meeting invite will follow registration.

https://guestli.st/661395

Webinar schedule:

  • September 9th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • September 10th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • September 11th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

DUKE Heights backpack drive gets Humber River Black-Creek kids ready for school

September 4, 2020

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area partnered with Ward 7 City Councillor Anthony Perruzza to put together a backpack drive on Thursday, September 3, 2020, to help distribute supplies and prepare students for back-to-school. The local MPP, Tom Rakocevic also joined us for the event.

The team invited families to gather in the Fountainhead Park located at 445 Sentinel Road as they gave away more than 250 backpacks filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, masks, and more, to school-age children from the Humber River Black-Creek community.

DUKE Heights BIA is also working with Ward 6 Councillor James Pasternak to distribute another 250 backpacks among families from the York Centre area.

2020 has been an unprecedented year with many uncertainties and financial hardships for many families. Back to school supplies can be a financial burden for families, especially if there has been a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. This initiative was an attempt to relieve some of that burden and support the students who are going back to school this September.


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Ward 6: Road to Recovery: Continuing to support small business in stage 3

james-pasternak
September 9, 2020

james-pasternak

Dear Neighbours,

Summer is usually a time to unwind and take things slow. However, this year has brought forth unprecedented challenges. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mayor John Tory, myself, and the rest of the City of Toronto have been working relentlessly to ensure Torontonians and small businesses received the support they need.

Toronto has done well in Stage 3 of the reopening of the economy. That said, we must continue to stay cautious. We want the business to thrive, but we want everyone safe.

Although municipalities are limited as to what they can offer during an economic downturn, throughout the summer, the City of Toronto has worked to cut red tape, accelerate our recovery support the local economy. We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians do not want a bigger government, or smaller government but a rather better government.  I am proud to see the success of the Cafe TO program, supporting over 600 restaurants citywide. This program provided a much-needed boost to our hospitality sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. In addition, the City has once again expanded funding for the Digital Main Street program. This will offer more support for businesses to grow their operations online and through technology.

As children return to school, we understand the worries some parents might be experiencing. As a result, Toronto Public Health has taken a proactive approach for teachers and students to stay healthy. Toronto Public Health is establishing a team of more than 70 nurses to provide support to schools as they reopen. These nurses will provide education and training to school staff, parents, and caregivers on infection prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the Pandemic, my office will continue to attract investments to help Duke Heights and Ward 6 prosper. For example, the construction of the Downsview fire station on Keele Street is well on its way, the Downsview Bike Share program is off to a great start, our street furniture is rolling out across York Centre, investments in public art keep ramping up and driver and pedestrian safety continue to be a top priority.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. As a reminder, our community office is now located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

 

Sincerely,

James Pasternak

Councillor’s Corner: Ward 7 – September Edition

anthony-perruzza
September 9, 2020

anthony-perruzza

Dear Residents,

While the pandemic’s impact continues to be felt throughout Ontario, its most profound sting has been in vulnerable communities. One only needs to look at the Toronto Public Health maps of the COVID-19 hotspots and see that the social determinants of health are directly connected to the spread of this deadly virus. Our own Humber River Black Creek, North Etobicoke, and parts of Scarborough are some of the hardest-hit areas.

When it comes to back-to-school, the truth is that we can’t keep kids away from each other, but we need to try our best. We can only do that if the provincial government sets up the conditions for schools to succeed—smaller class sizes with all the recommended public health measures, primarily physical distancing, masks, and sanitation. The plans unveiled by the Ministry of Education will continue to evolve, but families are vocalizing their feedback very clearly. As the Poverty Reduction Advocate for the City of Toronto and as a parent myself, I am listening and advocating for higher health and safety standards. Our schools need to hire more custodians, nurses, teachers, and other support staff to see this through.

The science we know tells us that kids are transmitters of the virus. The science we don’t know is what health effects the illness has on kids as they grow. Vulnerable communities have been hit hard enough already. Our neighbourhoods cannot afford to be driven to further despair by more COVID-19 flare-ups. We can’t afford to shut down schools and quarantine everyone repeatedly.  Humber River-Black Creek is counting on Premier Ford to put our health first and give us the tools we need for a chance to contain this virus for the long-term.


Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate Programs:

Every year my office hosts Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate clinics to help seniors and those with disabilities fill out applications for these programs. Due to COVID-19, this year will be different.

Please call my office to set up a one-on-one appointment at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. 

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax, Water Bill, and Solid Waste Relief programs is October 30, 2020. When you call or email, please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment.

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program for Micro Business (1-5 employees)

 

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is offering a unique opportunity to a limited number of micro businesses to join the WSIB performance-based incentive program for companies with 1-5 employees.

The cost to join this pilot program is $49 + HST only for a limited time and it is first come first serve.

This pilot program is built for small businesses (1-5 employees):

  • Flexible timelines allow employers to work at their own pace
  • Registration is open all year round with a 12 month cycle at $49 + HST for a limited time only.
  • Recognition is based on individual participant performance and a rebate up to $1000 upon validation.
  • A WSPS Volunteer/or an Excellence Guide will assist along the way as he/she will provide coaching/feedback as the business owner work to implement the Excellence program topic.

For more information, click on this link  https://www.wsps.ca/Small-Business-Centre/Good-to-Know/Rebate-Program

 

Download WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program for Micro Businesses – flyer (538 KB PDF)

If you are a local business in the BIA with 1-5 employees and want to take advantage of this program, please submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

WSPS H&S Excellence program Application Form

For other business sizes over 5 employees, you can promote the WSIB H&S Excellence program through your regular communication channel.

This link provides further details https://www.wsps.ca/Health-and-Safety-Excellence-Program/WSPS-Health-and-Safety-Excellence-Program.aspx where the registration fees are based on the amount of premiums a company has paid the previous year.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Small Firm with less than $100.000 in WSIB premiums is $800 + HST
  • Medium Firm between $100,000 and $1M in WSIB premiums is $1700 + HST
  • Large Firm greater than $1M in WSIB premiums is $2,500 + HST

To learn more, contact DUKE Heights BIA at business@dukeheights.ca.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : August 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

August 05, 2020

Dear Resident,

Every year my office hosts Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate clinics to help seniors and those with disabilities fill out applications for these programs. Due to COVID-19, this year will be different.

Please call my office to set up a one-on-one appointment at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax, Water Bill, and Solid Waste Relief programs is October 30, 2020. When you call or email, please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment. Applications will be available this month.

Please remember that masks are mandatory while riding the TTC and when visiting any indoor public space. We must take these rules seriously to prioritize our health and flatten the curve for the long haul.

The northwest corner of Toronto has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I will continue to work with MPP Tom Rakocevic and the Board of Health to make sure that our community gets the resources needed for a successful transition into Stage 3. This leads me to highlighting the pop-up COVID-19 testing unit that operated out of Christian Centre Church for a few days last month. I advocated for mobile testing to come to our area. My office will share more updates about that service as they become available. Please check my website for further details.

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.

#DriveInTO 

Downsview Park will be a local option for #DriveInTO events this month. It’ll be fun for families to be able to drive up and view entertainment while staying safe in their own vehicles. For more details on scheduled programming, please visit the City’s website: www.toronto.ca/driveinto.

In addition, much of this information is posted on my website: www.anthonyperruzza.com

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6: August 2020 Edition

james-pasternak

August 05, 2020

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wrote to you confident that Toronto would stay resilient and emerge stronger than ever. I am proud and strongly encouraged about how our public health officials have responded to the pandemic. With that said, we must continue to remain vigilant moving forward. That is why we implemented a mask by-law; taking a proactive approach to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the economy open.

Here at City Hall, I continue to work with the Mayor and the recovery team to ensure that small businesses remain the backbone of our economy. In part of this recovery strategy, we have implemented the CafeTO program. This has helped the hospitality industry by cutting red tape for restaurants and bars to set up temporary patios on city and private property. We understand that we must be flexible and adjust to the new environment.The CafeTO program provides business owners the tools to remain robust during these times.

Moreover, the City of Toronto has created a new program called Business AdviceTO. This is a series of free weekly online events that provides advice to entrepreneurs and business leaders navigate a post-COVID world. Topics range from digital online marketing tutorials to providing strategies for retail businesses.

I would also like to announce that Bike Share stations are now installed along the Finch Hydro corridor. This is a crucial municipal investment for the DUKE Heights area. In conjunction with this bike lanes that have also been installed along Wilmington Avenue and Faywood Avenue. A strong cycling network will allow people to explore the DUKE Heights BIA area.

I will continue to listen to the needs of our business owners to make sure that your needs are being met. I will do this in collaboration with my partners on the federal and provincial level. I urge all of you to continue to remain strong and resilient. Together we will conquer the challenges brought forth by COVID-19. My staff and I continue to work tirelessly to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-392-1371 or email me at: Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca.

Reopening Guidance Package from the City of Toronto

July 31, 2020

Resources to help Toronto businesses reopen safely, including sector specific guidelines created by Toronto Public Health, are available on the City’s website at toronto.ca/reopening.

Find specific information and additional resources:

Need additional support? Businesses can connect with the BusinessTO Support Centre to set up a one-on-one virtual meeting with an advisor to get answers to specific questions.

Decisions about when and how businesses can begin operating are made by the Government of Ontario in accordance with its framework to reopen the province after COVID-19.

Ward 7 City Councillor’s Corner: July 2020

July 01, 2020

Dear Resident,

Every year my office hosts Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate clinics to help seniors and those with disabilities fill out applications for these programs. Due to COVID-19, this year will be different.

Please call my office to set up a one-on-one appointment at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. 

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax, Water Bill, and Solid Waste Relief programs is October 30, 2020. When you call or email, please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment. Applications will be available this month.

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation for us all. Even as Toronto joins the next phase of reopening with other regions in Ontario, we must continue to listen to all government recommendations. While the Province has expanded social circles from 5 to 10 people, we need to be cautious and practice social distancing with those outside of our circle. Please wear masks and remember that they are mandatory while riding the TTC. We must take these new rules seriously to prioritize our health and safety and flatten the curve for the long haul.

Cool off and stay safe this summer at Toronto’s beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

Toronto beaches will remain open this summer. Lifeguards are on duty at six of Toronto’s beaches and will supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)

Almost all of Toronto’s 140 splash pad locations and 56 outdoor swimming pools are now open. Pools will stay open until the Labour Day weekend, and splash pads will close on September 13.

To allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor pools will remain reduced to 25 per cent. Leisure swims will be prioritized throughout the day to ensure that as many swimmers as possible have the opportunity to cool off. Swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. Full details are available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/swimming-splash-pads/.

Moving forward with the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild

The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) is seeking input to produce a report on the City’s recovery and rebuild strategy that will go to City Council in September. This process must include engagement with vulnerable communities and community groups to prioritize the needs of neighbourhoods hit hardest by the pandemic. COVID-19 is impacting Black, Indigenous, and other vulnerable communities disproportionately.

Social Planning Toronto is coordinating with residents from equity-seeking groups, led by local leaders and community-based agencies. For more information on the resident engagement process, please visit  https://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/torr_consultsCommunity-based agencies are welcome to provide input into the TORR process by Friday, July 24, 2020, by completing the survey online. https://bit.ly/2Bsbl8c

Input from stakeholders will be summarized and posted to www.toronto.ca/open. For any questions about the agency engagement process, please contact neighbourhoods@toronto.ca.

We can provide further information and referrals for the following topics:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extension (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Solid Waste, including garbage, recycling, compost and Drop-off Depots
  • Property Tax or Utility Billing Concerns
  • Old Age Security (OAS) & Guaranteed Income Supplement Updates (GIS)
  • Access to childcare, food supports, mental health services & other City of Toronto programs.
  • The Province’s Reopening of the Economy, in stages. Learn more about the current phase.
  • ActiveTO – Street closures for pedestrians.
  • CafeTO – Patio permissions for restaurants.
  • SwimTO – City-run water amenities and services, including beaches.
  • BikeTO – Bike Share news and more cycling lanes.
  • Park Amenities, What’s available?
  • Farmer’s Markets, Where can I go?

In addition, much of this information is posted on my website: www.anthonyperruzza.com

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

 

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek