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Remembrance Day Thoughts & Community Update: November 6, 2020

Remembrance Day Thoughts

Dear Friends,

It goes without saying that we are living in unprecedented times. But it also goes without saying that our veterans faced the dual threat of slaughter on an industrial scale never before witnessed in human history, followed by the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed millions more. 

I stood on the grounds of the Guild Inn to film my remarks where a Vimy Oaks sampling was planted. Lieutenant Leslie Miller returned from the horrific Battle of Vimy Ridge with some acorns which he planted on his Scarborough farm. 

Our ancestors faced unimaginable horror but they emerged to bequeath us a proud legacy. Just as this young tree will grow into a mighty oak one day, Canada will emerge from our current pandemic stronger and stronger.

Lest we forget. 
Highlights from this issue:
  1. Chat Series with Community Leaders: Omar McDadi
  2. COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centres
  3. Canada Recovery Benefits
  4. One-Time Disability Payment
  5. Modular Housing Announcement 
  6. Kids for a Cure Meeting
  7. Outside of Canada Travel Information
  8. Important Immigration Information
  9. Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall with Mayor Tory
  10. Re-tabling of the Modern Slavery Bill
  11. Senior Safety Zone Workshops
  12. Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast
  13. In the News

What We Give: Conservations with Community Leaders-
Omar McDadi

I enjoyed my discussion with Omar McDadi, the Rouge Park's Superintendent.

COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centres

The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is teaming up with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health to offer Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough to increase access to testing for our community
 
The next assessment centre is scheduled for:
Malvern Recreation Centre
30 Sewells Road
Friday, November 6
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
I encourage you to check the SHN's website with the link below for updates about future pop-up assessment centres. 
Check for updates

Canada Recovery Benefits

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes) for a 2-week period. Individuals are required to re-apply every 2 weeks. 

You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
 
Learn more & apply here: 
Learn More

One-Time Disability Payment 

*Update*
In order to ensure as may eligible Canadians receive their payments, the Government of Canada has extended the deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). The deadline to apply for the one-time payment has now been extended to December 31, 2020

On October 30, 2020, approximately 1.6 million eligible people will automatically start receiving the one-time payment.
 
Many different groups of Canadians will be eligible for this payment, including those who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, Canada Pension Plan Disability, a Quebec Pension Plan disability pension, and 7 programs administered by Veterans Affairs Canada. 
 
Seniors with disabilities who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020 may also be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities. In cases where they are eligible for both payments, individuals would receive a total amount of $600 as follows:
  • $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and who received the one-time seniors payment of $300; or
  • $100 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Allowances and who received the one-time senior’s payment of $500. 
Learn more and apply here:
Apply Now

Modular Housing Announcement 

I was pleased to join Mayor Tory, Minister Hussen, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, City Councillor Gary Crawford, and MP Salma Zahid for an announcement about modular housing. 

This project is an innovative and cost-effective way to build small-scale, affordable, housing while providing a rapid, response to connect vulnerable people with a home and proper support. Modular housing can be built in months, not years and is an effective way to deliver on affordable housing promises. 40,000 units will be built thanks to this initiative and the federal government contributed $8.25M through the Housing Innovation Fund.

Kids for a Cure Meeting

I had an informative meeting with Isa, Lauren, and Miranda, three very articulate youth include who shared their stories about living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for nearly their entire lives.  

Here are some informative statistics about T1D
  •  300,000+ Canadians may have T1D
  • It is estimated that 86,000 children worldwide will develop T1D annually.  
  • 1 in 4 in individuals with T1D are diagnosed as adults
  • Total health care costs related to diabetes in Canada are expected to reach $16.9 billion (CAD) this year.
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 November 21st, 2020. This applies to all foreign nationals with some exceptions for immediate family members

*New*: Processes are being introduced to support enhanced family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students. 
  • Starting on October 8, more information will be available outlining who qualifies under the enhanced family reunification program. 
  • Starting on October 20, international students, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID-19 readiness plan in place are allowed to enter Canada. 
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.

Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall with
Mayor Tory

Thank you to everyone who joined my colleagues MPP Mitzie Hunter and Councillor Paul Ainslie for an informative discussion with Mayor John Tory. Regrettably, I was unable to participate as I was Chairing the Public Safety and National Security committee meeting. If you were unable to participate in the live event, I encourage you to watch the video above. 

Re-tabling of the
Modern Slavery Bill

My colleague Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne re-tabled the Modern Slavery Bill in the Senate this past week. I look forward to helping advance this important legislation to fight the scourge of modern slavery.

Senior Safety Zone Workshops

Join the Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) for a walk or virtual workshop to identify road safety issues in the Senior Safety Zone on Markham Rd and Lawrence Ave E. All road safety issues identified will be reported to the City, as part of their Vision Zero program.

You can register by calling (905) 965 1888 or clicking the button below:
 
Register Here

Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast

On Tuesday, November 10th, join Elizabeth Buller & Dr. Albert Lauwers to about the SHN's Response to COVID-19. 
Register Now

In the News

I invite you to read my most recent interviews here:
My staff and I are embracing video chatting as we work remotely to continue serving you. You can reach us at 416-283-1226 or john.mckay.c1@parl.gc.ca

Our constituency office continues to be closed, but our services remain available to you by phone or email. 

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 John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca. 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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Sincerely,
 
Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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