53rd Edition Covid-19 Update


COVID-19 UPDATE FOR June 1, 2020

Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.​

My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information here in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.



  • Summer camp update
  • Province plans to extend emergency orders until June 30
  • Ontario extends, increases fixed electricity rate
  • Ombudsman investigating Ontario Government’s oversight of LTC homes
  • Feds fast-tracking $2.2B in infrastructure funds to help cities
  • Transit riders need to wear a mask starting June 15
  • You can RSVP online for virtual Canada Day celebration
  • Councillor Award Nominations
  • Ottawa Fire Services 2020 WakeUp! Get a Working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm! program is now virtual!
  • Volunteers Urgently Needed This Week to Plant Food for Emergency Food Program
  • ROSSS Virtual Social Connections Programming


Summer camp update

  • The City is cancelling its originally-planned summer camp programs, scheduled to run from June 29 to August 28.
  • The camps will be replaced by a new summer camp program that is reformatted around COVID-19 public health measures.
  • Details on registration, dates, location and the camps’ operations will be announced in the future and will be conditional on the Provincial government permitting such programming.
  • Families registered for the city-run camps will receive automatic refund.
  • City news release


Province plans to extend emergency orders until June 30

  • Premier Ford wants the province's state of emergency to be extended another 28 days.
  • The state of emergency was set to expire on June 2.
  • It will be extended until June 30 if the motion passes tomorrow at Queen's Park.
  • The emergency orders restrict social gatherings of more than five people, the closure of bars and restaurants (except for takeout and delivery), and staff redeployment rules for LTC homes.
  • The Ford government plans to reopen Ontario in three different stages; public health officials need to see a consistent decline in new COVID-19 cases to continue lifting restrictions.
  • Ontario entered the first stage of the plan last month, which allowed many businesses, including retail stores with street entrances, to reopen to the public.
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott said today that Ontario still has "some distance to go" before reaching Stage 2.


Ontario extends, increases fixed electricity rate

  • The provincial government is increasing electricity rates starting today.
  • The government suspended time-of-use billing back in March, fixing the price at its off-peak rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • As of today, the fixed rate is increasing to 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • This fixed rate applies to time-of-use customers 24/7.
  • The change will last at least until Oct. 31.
  • Despite the increase, it still comes in beneath Ontario's usual mid-peak rate of 14.4 cents per kilowatt hour, and well below high-peak rates that top 20 cents.
  • The government said rate relief, which is also available to farms and small businesses, had cost the province about $175 million so far.
  • Government news release


Ombudsman investigating Ontario Government’s oversight of LTC homes


Feds fast-tracking $2.2B in infrastructure funds to help cities cover COVID-19 costs

  • The federal government will offer cities an advanced transfer of $2.2 B in infrastructure money to help cover budget shortfalls from COVID-19.
  • The 2020-21 funding will be sent through the federal Gas Tax Fund, and will be made in a single payment this month — rather than being spread across two annual payments as typically happens — “to help municipalities rebound from the pandemic as quickly as possible”.
  • Following Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement, Mayor Watson tweeted:
    • “Today's announcement by @JustinTrudeau to fast track $2.2B in gas tax payments is a positive first step by the Government of Canada that recognizes the unprecedented budget challenges faced by cities due to the dramatic drop in municipal revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Ottawa is facing losses of $1M a day, and the provincial and federal governments need to step up with additional financial assistance. Residents are counting on us to provide essential municipal services. Let’s work together in our recovery efforts”.
  • Government news release


You can RSVP online for virtual Canada Day celebration

  • Heritage Canada is getting ready to let Canadians from coast to coast to coast participate in a virtual Canada Day celebration this July 1.
  • The official Canada Day celebration in Ottawa has been cancelled because of COVID-19, but the heritage ministry, which oversees the event, said there would be a virtual component to it this year.
  • Today, the ministry unveiled a preview of ways Canadians at home and abroad can celebrate the nation's 153rd birthday from the safety of their own homes.
  • The first step is to RSVP to the virtual Canada Day 2020 event on Facebook.
  • The ministry also encourages Canadians to follow and watch their social media channels and website:
  • Canadian Heritage will also be releasing downloadable celebration kits online, starting June 15, so that all communities can participate online.


Transit riders will need to wear a mask starting June 15

  • OC Transpo has released its COVID-19 Transit Service Recovery Plan. 

  • Starting June 15, masks will be required for anyone on buses, trains, Para Transpo minibuses and contracted taxis as well as anyone in a transit station. This applies to staff and customers.
  • Front door boarding on buses will resume; barrier shields will be in place for operator cabs.
  • The Transit Commission approved OC Transpo’s COVID-19 Transit Service Recovery Plan today. The strategy goes to full council for approval on June. 11.
  • City news release


Councillor Award Nominations

During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, we understand there will be many volunteers out supporting their neighbours, family and community where they can.

As this is a very unusual situation, the Councillor’s Annual Volunteer Awards criteria has been adjusted accordingly to accept nominations for those outstanding individuals in the community that does not require that the nominated individual be a  past volunteer for the last year.

Please look around and see who you can nominate as a group, family or individual that you believe is eligible for one of the 5 Awards and email your submission to Jane.Diraimo@ottawa.ca.  We will follow up with each submission.


Ottawa Fire Services 2020 WakeUp! Get a Working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm! program is now virtual!

  • Ottawa Fire Services is once again launching the ‘WakeUp!’ Get a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program, however this year it will be offered virtually, due to COVID-19.  
  • This is a one-week (June 1-7) social media campaign built on the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, friendly competition, and a sense of community where Fire Chief Kim Ayotte will challenge others online to test their smoke and CO alarms, 
  • Starting June 1st Fire Chief Ayotte will be challenging the Mayor, Councilors, City Staff, Fire Service personnel, Media Personalities and City residents to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • We are asking all residents and visitors to retweet/repost pics or videos of them testing their smoke and CO alarms on twitter @OttFirePrevent.
  •  For further information about this or other fire safety programs, please contact: Fireeducation@ottawa.ca

To schedule an interview or other media request, please contact:

Carson Tharris​, Public Information Officer/Agent de relations publiques

Ottawa Fire Services/Service des Incendies d'Ottawa

Tel/Tél: 613-580-2424 ext 29146   FireMediaRequests@ottawa.ca


Volunteers Urgently Needed This Week to Plant Food for Emergency Food Program

1. Volunteers urgently needed Monday to plant food for emergency food programs

We just received 1000 sweet potato slips at the Just Food Farm to grow for emergency food programs and we have buckets of beans as well.

We are planting this Monday, June 1st. Please come on out to plant! 

WHEN: 10am-2pm (or earlier if finished)

WHERE: 2391 Pepin Court

RSVP: Please email moe@justfood.ca this weekend to let us know you are coming

Please bring your own shovel and water and meet Linzi at the Red Barn, and she will direct you to the plot where Phil is leading the planting.

2. Volunteers Needed to put Soil and Compost into Bags

We still need help to finish up the Kids Gardening Project and to prepare mushroom compost for community gardens. 

What will you be doing? Filling up bags of soil for the kids gardening kits (we are almost done!) and filling up bags of compost to go to community gardens across the city. 

WHEN: Slots are available each day from Monday, June 1 to Thursday, June 4
Please pick from any of the following time slots: 
9am-11am or 11am-1pm or 1pm-3pm

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court
RSVP: Please fill out this Google Form and indicate which time slot works best for you

  • These are the perfect opportunities to do with your teenage kids (preferably in groups of 2. Maximum 3)!
  • Please keep in mind that they can also count their time towards high school volunteer hours.
  • All activities will maintain physical distancing.
  • Just Food http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/


ROSSS Virtual Social Connections Programming

Tuesday June 2nd- 1:00pm Triva

Wednesday June 3rd- 1:00pm Topics: Food and Drink

Thursday June 4th- 1:00pm Fun Facts

Friday June 5th- 1:00pm Categories

Monday June 8th 1:00pm- Music Mondays.

For more information please call Della at 613-692-4697 x 228

ROSSS Caregiver Supports

Virtual caregiver support programming offered from 10:00am- 12:00pm

Tuesday June 9th and Tuesday June 23rd

To find out more or to register please call Pat at 613-513-5560 or email pat.hamilton@rosss.ca

ROSSS Continues to offer FREE grocery delivery services are being offered weekly. To register please call Cathy at 613-692-4697 x 241

ROSSS’ Meals on Wheels offers affordable and nutritious frozen meals delivered weekly. To order, please call Cindy at 613-692-4697 x 229

As the pandemic continues, personal care needs may need to be addressed, if you need support for any personal needs or light housekeeping, ROSSS’ professional team can help! To find out more or to book please call Jeanne at 613-692-4697 x 223