Community Update: August 27th, 2020


August Community Update

Dear Friends,

I hope you are staying well.
I would like to remind you I'm co-hosting a virtual town hall on Monday, August 31st with my colleagues MPP Mitzie Hunter and City Councillor Paul Ainslie. We will be joined by Zakir Patel, Toronto District School Board Ward 19 Trustee and Nancy Crawford, Toronto Catholic District School Board Ward 12 Trustee. 

To join the town hall at 7:00pm on August 31st, please click here:

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Highlights from this issue:
  1. What We Give: Conversations with Community Leaders 
  2. Muslim Welfare Canada Fill A Backpack program
  3. Outside of Canada Travel Information
  4. Important Immigration Information
  5. Meet Ms. Maggie 
  6. Wearing a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering
  7. Scarborough Caucus Meeting
  8. Scarborough East EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Early Readers Start Here
  9. The C.U.L.T.R. Kitchen Project (on a budget)
  10. In the News

What We Give: Conversations with Community Leaders 

Welcome to my Conversation with Community Leaders - taped on Zoom and available online. 

Our guest was Neil Hetherington, the CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank. 

In the video, Hetherington discusses the role of faith and putting it into action, working with Habitat for Humanity (including building homes in our community), and how the Daily Bread Food Bank has adjusted during the pandemic. 

Muslim Welfare Canada Fill A Backpack program

Although our circumstances have changed, that has not stopped Muslim Welfare Canada and their Fill A Backpack program from moving ahead at full steam. Happy to join them again in helping support so many in our community and our country.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Muslim Welfare Canada, click here.
Speaking with Muhammad Iqbal Ali, Vice President of Muslim Welfare Canada and Senator Salma Ataullahjan.
Over the last few months, Global Affairs Canada undertook Canada’s largest and most complex ever consular operation to help Canadians return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has largely completed that operation and is planning the final few remaining flights in the next weeks. Additional facilitated flights to bring Canadians home are not anticipated.

While some countries are preparing to partially open up their borders, the Government of Canada reminds all Canadians that a global travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada remains in effect. Travellers should also avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice. 

The restriction on all discretionary travel at the Canada-U.S. border has been extended until September 21st, 2020. This applies to all foreign nationals with some exceptions for immediate family members

Travellers returning to Canada are required to quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days. This is mandatory. For further information and a list of exemptions, consult the Travel restrictions, exemptions, and advice page.

For more travel advice and information, click here

Important Immigration Information 

Check out the links below to find out how COVID-19 is affecting TRVs, citizenship applications, passport renewals, and other files: 
  • Click here to find out how COVID-19 is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services:
  • Click here for updates on Permanent Residence applications
  • Click here for updates on your citizenship application
  • Click here for updates from Passport Canada:
  • Click here for updates on Refugees, asylum claimants, sponsors and PRRA applications
  • Potential travellers who have specific cases can consult with the CBSA's Border Information Services here
  • Click here for updates on TRV, student's permit and foreign workers
  • Even if you have an approved visitor visa or eTA, you may not be approved to travel at this time or guaranteed entry to Canada.
  • As of July 1, 2020, IRCC is processing all online visitor visa and eTA applications, so you can be ready to travel when the restrictions are lifted
  • Quarantine requirements
    • When visitors arrive in Canada by air, land or sea, border services will assess your health before you leave the port of entry.
    • If you're a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won't be allowed to enter Canada.
  • You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada, including
    • A place to stay
    • How you'll get to your destination
    • How you'll get your groceries
    • Accessing essential services and medical care
  • This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.
  • If you don't have a plan, you should not travel to Canada. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter the country. 
  • The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you're in the country can include
    • A fine of up to $750,000
    • 6 months of jail time
    • Being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year
  • Only people who provide essential services, for example truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.

Meet Ms. Maggie

Meet Ms. Maggie Stolberg- she’s already laughing at her grandfather’s lame jokes!

Wearing a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering

An entertaining reminder from the Scarborough Bluffs United Church about wearing a mask in public. 

I encourage you to watch this video produced by the Government of Canada on how to properly wear a non-medical mask or face covering. 

Non-medical masks are another layer of protection when physical distancing is not possible, but only if worn properly.

Masks are now mandatory on the TTC, GO Transit, and indoor spaces. 

Scarborough Caucus Meeting

Great to connect virtually with members of the Scarborough caucus and discuss our government's plan to help advance our shared priorities including the expansion of public transit, addressing climate change and creating more affordable housing.

Scarborough East EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Early Readers Start Here

The C.U.L.T.R. Kitchen Project (on a budget)

In the News

I invite you to read my most recent interviews here:
Our constituency office continues to be closed, but our services remain available to you by phone or email. Our staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Consequently, response times to emails and phone calls may be longer than normal. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
If you require assistance on matters relating to the federal government or departments (Citizenship and Immigration, Canada Revenue Agency, CPP/OAS), please contact my office by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at We will return all calls and emails

Citizenship and Immigration is not assisting people via telephone. However they can be reached through their web form.

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Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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