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Community Update: November 19, 2020

Launching What We Give

Dear Friends,

I was delighted to launch my podcast, What We Give last week. What We Give highlights the remarkable ways people are contributing to our community. Subscribe now to What We Give on your favourite podcast player and stay tuned for new episodes regularly.

What We Give is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsStitcher, and on the podcast website
 
I encourage you to watch the podcast trailer here:
Highlights from this issue:
  1. Public Health Reminders
  2. Speech on China in the House of Commons
  3. Chat Series with Community Leaders: John MacKenzie
  4. COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centres
  5. Canada Recovery Benefits
  6. One-Time Disability Payment
  7. Outside of Canada Travel Information
  8. Important Immigration Information
  9. Toronto Miracle Food Donation Initiative 
  10. Who's Hiring in Scarborough?
  11. Youth Possibilities Program
  12. Parliamentary Black Caucus Congratulates Kamala Harris
  13. In the News

Public Health Reminders

I would like to thank you for your continued social distancing, mask wearing, and other precautions you have been undertaking. However, regions across Canada have been setting records for new COVID-19 cases. Together, we need to reduce this trend by continuing to follow the advice from public health officials, which is rooted in science.
 
To keep ourselves and others safe from the virus, we should all:   
As well, as we move into the colder months of the year and socializing outside becomes more difficult, Canadians should also be avoiding the 3 C’s wherever possible: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact situations. It’s going to take all of us to slow the spread of the virus.

Speech on China in the House of Commons

I was pleased to speak in the House of Commons on this important parliamentary debate about China. 

What We Give: Conservations with Community Leaders-
John MacKenzie

I enjoyed my discussion with John MacKenzie, the Chief Executive Officer of Toronto and Region Conservation of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

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:
Global Kingdom Ministries
1250 Markham Road
Thursday, November 19
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
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 30th, 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.

Toronto Miracle Food Donation Initiative 

On December 5ᵗʰ at 10am, residents are invited to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (clearly marked for Toronto Miracle). Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community.

Toronto Miracle is working with Second Harvest and Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest to assist in the collection and distribution of the food to agencies across the city.
Collectively these organizations serve over 350 community agencies across the city. Toronto Miracle's goal is to bring together all 140 Toronto neighbourhoods to raise 250,000 non-perishable food items in one day.

An estimated 6,000 new clients began accessing food banks in Toronto in June 2020 (compared to 2,000 in February 2020). We can all help to contribute to the end of hunger in our community. 
 
Learn more about how to volunteer and donate:
Learn More

Who's Hiring in Scarborough

The East Scarborough Storefront has compiled this week's list of all the available jobs in Scarborough. 

All jobs are with Scarborough-based employers and vary from retail to social sector employment opportunities. 
View the List

Youth Possibilities Program

Are You Under 30 and Looking for Work? JobStart is now accepting applications for a NEW Skill Building & Employment Support Program that offers: 
  • 4 weeks of pre-employment workshop and life skills training, wherein participants will be paid an allowance equivalent to the minimum wage 
  • Paid job opportunity for 8 to 12 weeks following the in-class workshop 
  • Ongoing on-the-job support
  • Transportation subsidy, mental health counselling and completion bonus
For further information and to register, contact Paula Jackson, Administrative Assistant, Youth Possibilities Project, at p.jackson@jobstart.org or by phone at 416-231-2295 x 4240.  

Parliamentary Black Caucus Congratulates Kamala Harris

I was pleased to join my Parliamentary Black Caucus colleagues to congratulate Kamala Harris as being the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice-President in the United States!

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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