Recent updates from all levels of government

News and announcements from municipal, provincial and federal governments.

Recent Updates

August 5

Infrastructure program expands to support COVID-19 community resilience

Government of Canada announces major steps in treating and preventing COVID-19 through vaccines and therapies

August 4


August 2

Guide to reopening Ontario's schools

July 31

Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Extended

Ontario Safely and Gradually Reopens DriveTest Centres

Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

July 30

Ontario Continues to Gradually and Safely Reopen Child Care for Working Parents

Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

July 16

Ontario extends Emergency Orders

July 13

Nearly all businesses and public spaces to reopen in Stage 3

July 9

Ontario extends Emergency Orders

July 3

Ontario supporting restaurants as Province safely reopens

June 29

Ontario extends Emergency Orders to July 10

June 25

Prime Minister announces support for students serving their communities and opportunities to gain paid work experience

June 24

Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency to July 15

June 22

Ontario moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2

June 19

Ontario prepares for the safe reopening of schools

June 18

Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure

Ontario enhancing COVID-19 case and contact management

June 17

Ontario extends Emergency Orders until June 30

June 16

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Ontario releases guide on how to develop a workplace safety plan

June 15

More people can get back to work as additional businesses and services to reopen this week

Ontario expanding data collection to help stop spread of COVID-19

June 13

Ontario eases restrictions on wedding and funeral ceremonies

June 12

Ontarians encouraged toeEstablish social circles

June 10

Beaches and campsites to open at Ontario parks

June 9

Province reopening child care with strict protocols to keep kids and staff safe

June 8

Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days - Restrictions Being Eased in Communities Where It Is Safe to Do So

June 6

Ontario extends Emergency Orders to support Its reopening efforts
The extension of all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act,includes the extension of the closure of establishments (e.g. private schools, child care centres, bars, restaurants, theatres, concert venues etc.) and organized public events and gatherings (e.g. organized event of maximum 5 people, parades etc.) limitations until June 19, 2020. 

June 5

Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19

June 4

Canadian seniors to receive special payment in early July

Ontario appoints special advisor to develop health data platform

June 2

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

June 1

Ontario supports those struggling with electricity bills during COVID-19

Prime Minister announces support to help communities create jobs and restart the economy

Ontario extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for workers during COVID-19

May 28

Ontario takes further action to protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes during COVID-19 outbreak

May 27

Ontario extending emergency orders during COVID-19 outbreak

May 25

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications

May 22

Ontario helps people impacted by COVID-19 get back to work

May 21

Province announces first phase of research projects to fight COVID-19

Prime Minister announces additional support for Indigenous peoples living in urban centres and off reserve

May 20

As Ontario reopens, people urged to continue following Public Health advice

Prime Minister announces opening of program to protect jobs and help businesses

May 19

Health and safety top priority as schools remain closed

Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses

Ontario extends emergency orders to keep people safe

May 16

Prime Minister announces annual increase to the Canada Child Benefit

May 15

Prime Minister announces support for research staff in Canada

May 14

Ontario announces additional workplaces that can reopen

Ontario making prescription drugs more affordable during COVID-19

May 12

Declaration of Emergency extended while Ontario gradually reopens the economy

Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors

May 11

Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs

Ontario opening provincial parks and conservation reserves

May 8

Ontario supports job creators as people start returning to work

May 6

Ontario further eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction during COVID-19

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

May 5

Federal government is supporting Canada’s farmers, food businesses, and food supply

Ontario expands virtual mental health services during COVID-19

May 4

Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response

Ontario significantly increases daily lab testing

May 3

Families to receive increased support through the Canada Child Benefit

Prime Minister announces virtual care and mental health tools for Canadians

May 1

Certain Ontario businesses allowed to reopen under strict safety guidelines

Ontario takes additional steps to improve health care flexibility during COVID-19 outbreak

April 30

Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines

April 28

Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy

April 27

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province

April 26

School closures extended to keep students, staff and families safe

April 25

Ontario Parks to Remain Closed until May 31, 2020

April 24

Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19

Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses

Ontario provides urgent relief for small businesses and landlords

April 23

Prime Minister announces new support for COVID-19 medical research and vaccine development

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

April 22

Ontario takes immediate steps to further protect long-term care residents and staff

Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

April 21

Prime Minister announces further support to help Canadians in need

Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator

April 20

Health experts say the COVID-19 outbreak has likely peaked in Ontario

April 18

Prime Minister announces support for Indigenous businesses

Ontario investing $20 million to advance medical research

April 17

Ontario takes further action to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19

April 16

Ontario enables auto insurance companies to provide driver rebates during COVID-19

Prime Minister announces additional supports for small businesses

April 15

Expanding access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and proposing a new wage boost for essential workers

April 14

Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency to continue the fight against COVID-19

April 11

Province extends Emergency Orders until April 23

April 8

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19

April 7

Province launches online portal to match available health care workers with employers

Prime Minister announces production of more medical supplies and equipment in Canada

April 6

Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID-19

Ontario Takes Additional Measures to Protect First Responders During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 3

Ontario Provides Full Transparency by Releasing COVID-19 Modelling

Prime Minister announces support for food banks and local food organizations

Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

April 2

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19

April 1

Government Announces Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs

Ontario Joins Forces with the Private Sector to Fight COVID-19

March 31

Headwaters Health Care Centre and WDG Public Health are working together as first cases of Covid-19 have been identified

Second Staff Member at Dufferin Oaks Long Term Care Home Tests Positive for COVID-19

Prime Minister announces new partnerships with Canadian industries to fight COVID-19

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Province Supports Post-secondary Students During COVID-19 

March 30

Ontario Government closed all outdoor recreation amenities and extended the declaration of an emergency until April 13.

Ontario protecting seniors during the COVID outbreak

March 29

Long-term Care – emergency order -- A new emergency order will help homes tackle a COVID-19 outbreak by addressing restrictions around staffing, reporting complaints, and documentation to help ensure there are enough staff to care for residents.

The federal government has pledged $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide mental health support to children and youth impacted by school closures and reduced access to social support and community resources.

The government will also boost aid for Canadian seniors, contributing $9 million through United Way Canada to help the country's older population get groceries, medication and other critical items.

Ontario restricts gatherings of five or more

March 28

Domestic air and train travel to be denied for anyone with COVID-19 , under Transport Canada Interim Order

March 27
Province issues emergency order -- retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID-19

Town outlines new federal support for businesses

March 26

Town reminds residents that closed facilities or amenities means they are not open and enforcement could ensue

County of Dufferin declares a state of emergency

New financial measure announced to allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months

Updated information and resources for businesses

Headwaters Health Care Centre asking for protective equipment supplies to be dropped off

Mandatory for travellers returning to Canaada to quarantine for 14 days

March 25
Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

Province of Ontario announces Additional Health Care Resources and Support

March 24
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Ministry of Ontario suspending time of use rates for 45 days

Office of the Premier releases list of essential workplaces

Island Lake Conservation Area to close today, March 24 at 4 p,m, until further notice

March 23
Orangeville Council approves emergency relief initiatives

Province announces $200 million for social services

Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, effective March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health advises personal service businesses, outdoor playgrounds and event venues to close to help protect the public from COVID-19

March 20
Town of Orangeville declares emergency

Town closes play equipment/play structures to stem spread of COVID-19

March 19
Ontario Energy Board extends the winter ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for all residential customers to July 31, 2020.

Ontario passes emergency COVID bill to help workers, allows virtual council meetings

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits

March 18
Canadian Government announces COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Ontario investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19

March 17
Town of Orangeville takes further action to protect public, Town Hall to close

Orangeville Police Service limits public access to offices on C Line

March 16
Orangeville to close more municipal offices and adjust public hours in response to COVID-19

March 15
Winter Farmers' Market events scheduled for March 21 and April 4 are cancelled.

March 14
Town closing some facilities as part of COVID-19 response

The Community Services Department is accepting rental cancellations and will be refunding 100% of bookings upon request. Please email [email protected] to request a rental cancellation.​

March 13
March Break library programs cancelled

  • The federal government is waiving the one-week waiting period for people who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate and are claiming for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
  • Federal government will also introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program at an estimated cost of $12 million to help employers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19, as well as their workers.
  • If you are not eligible for EI but need assistance contact Ontario Works to inquire -- this provincial program is provided through the County of Dufferin.
  • The Prime Minister has announced an economic aid package to help Canadians amid the outbreak so more information will be available in the days ahead.
  • Currently the Town continues to offer all services as planned, but we do ask members of the public who are not feeling well and are exhibiting symptoms such as cough, fever and respiratory illness not to visit our facilities and to stay at home.
  • While all services remain available (as of March 13), we recognize this may need to change and the Town has been doing the necessary planning to prepare.
  • Headwaters Health Care Centre is working with partners to open an assessment centre by late next week, serving Dufferin County and the Town of Caledon.

March 12
Town monitoring COVID-19 situation