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Are You a Healthcare Worker in Ontario? Learn More about Employment Opportunities in these Essential (and Other) Roles.

The Government of Ontario issued an emergency order due to the covid-19 pandemic on April 1, 2020. Please see here for all the details. You can also apply for work in the healthcare sector using the province’s new Workforce Matching Portal.

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The Ontario government also released a new place to advertise and promote employment in Agri-business and Careers in Food. Please visit here to learn more. Though there continue to be many unprecedented challenges during the covid-19 pandemic, the proactive response, and number of currently available employment opportunities, is remarkable.

Much recognition and credit is due to government, community, organization, essential worker, and individual response to the covid-19 pandemic in Canada.  A million thanks to you all for your hard work in doing everything possible to keep Canadians healthy and safe.

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The CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Application Available Now Through CRA (Canada Revenue Agency)

As of today, there is the option to apply online for the CERB through your CRA account. A blue dialogue box will open when you click apply to notify you of your designated application day. Please only apply on your corresponding day. If it is your day to apply, click to continue. If you have already submitted an EI request, regardless of whether or not it has been approved, you will notice that the next step informs the user that the application for the CERB has already been accepted. The government is doing its best to get these payments to people within 3-5 business days but there is not currently a service guarantee due to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic.

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Please note, the terms do include a section that outlines overpayment of CERB money. The government states that it is not responsible to ensure your eligibility and that if ineligible payments are made, it is the responsibility of the individual to find that out and repay the government any potential overpayments through the CERB. The federal government has hinted at additional financial supports for those individuals not eligible for EI or the CERB. More details to follow.

Most of the covid-19 government announcements thus far have not addressed help for those not in employment, education or training before the pandemic. There has been some money set aside for households with children, however. Please read more here, if this applies to you. Existing provincial funding is still available as usual through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with additional benefits specifically due to the covid-19 pandemic. Stay tuned with the LEHC, a trusted community resource, for the latest developments as they happen.

Ontario Government Releases an Update Regarding COVID-19 Response

Today, the provincial government released an update informing the public of its efforts to support Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. See here to learn more and stay tuned for further developments regarding financial assistance, job security, recommended precautions, and other updates. Contact the LEHC if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

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LEHC Updates: COVID-19

Effective March 18, 2020

Please note, the LEHC and the Advocacy Department will be switching to remote support until further notice. Engage online at www.lehc.ca or by calling 519-439-0501 or emailing info@lehc.ca or tbrooks@lehc.ca

 

Due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the LEHC will switch to remote support until further notice. The provincial and federal governments both released statements today, with a state of emergency being declared in Ontario until at least March 31, 2020. In the interest of public safety, we will be booking new appointments and supporting our clients by phone or email. We join our community partners in the effort to reduce and stop the spread of the virus, and we hope you will stay safe and healthy, taking all of the recommended precautions from medical professionals.

 

The Employment Sector is Front Page News

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The front page image of Monday, February 3, 2020’s edition of the Toronto Star, by: Josh Rubin, Business Reporter

The Toronto Star reports today on a “talent gap,” addressing workforce planning and development issues and Toronto’s economic competitiveness within the Canadian economy. Many of these issues also exist in other economic regions of Ontario and Canada on a different scale. This may foreshadow municipal development elsewhere in the province and country as the limits of current urban centres are tested and infrastructural development becomes necessary in non-urban regions. Read the article here.