Teresa Armstrong MPP, London-Fanshawe

Government of Ontario

Week of April 25th - COVID-19

Published on April 24, 2020

As the critic for long-term care and home care, the tragedy unfolding in long-term care homes as a result of this pandemic has been a central focus of mine. But as I continue to advocate for the health and safety of our loved ones in long-term care, I want you to know that I do hear all your concerns.    

I know many of you are feeling left behind. Especially students, seniors, low wage earners and those of you on social assistance who don’t qualify for the federal assistance programs. My colleagues and I have been pushing for provincial emergency funding since the beginning of the pandemic. 

I’m hearing from small business owners who are wondering if they’ll make it through this. I’m hearing from families who done their part and stayed home and are now feeling the financial crunch. I’m hearing from folks worried about food security and wanting to open community gardens again. I’m continuing to raise all of these issues to the government while also proposing solutions.  

If you share these concerns or others or if you want to share your ideas, please do get in contact with my office. 

Some of you have reached out to my office and expressed how stressed and anxious you’ve been feeling lately. It’s understandable to be feeling that way. This is an unprecedented time. I thought I would share some tips to manage mental health from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Also here is a list of available resources through the province of Ontario: ontario.ca/page/find-mental-health-support


Take care, 


Here are this week’s new developments: 

New federal government funding

Provincial government updates


COVID-19 across Ontario

Long-term care


My colleagues and I are: 


Here are some things I’m hearing from you:

  • Ontario drivers say they need immediate relief on their auto insurance premiums, something the government's approach falls far short of.
  • People are raising concerns about the state of long-term care and seniors homes before COVID-19 — a problem my colleagues and I have been raising for years.
  • Ongoing concerns about small businesses that are failing, with some facing eviction — through no fault of their own — because there is no provincial support in place for expenses like commercial rent.

Resources and Links:

  • The City of London has an FAQ to help simplify what Londoners can and can’t do in light of COVID-19. 
  • LifeSpin put together this list of resources for folks in London. 
  • The Ontario Government has created a centralized COVID-19 page which can be found here.
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit has opened two COVID-19 screening centres. For more on that and other public health information visit Middlesex-London Health Unit’s page here.
  • If you are interested in up-to-date information regarding Ontario Government announcements and programs I recommend monitoring the Ontario Newsroom.