ConnectTO program aims to increase digital equity and access to affordable high-speed internet in Toronto

The City of Toronto is introducing ConnectTO – a City-driven collaborative program that aims to leverage the use of municipal resources and assets to help bridge the increasing digital divide by expanding access to affordable, high-speed internet to underserved Toronto residents.

Geographically, almost all of Toronto has the infrastructure to connect to the internet, yet some Torontonians are being left behind because of the high price of reliable internet service and gaps in the availability of high-speed internet in some areas. This digital divide creates significant barriers for Toronto's most vulnerable and marginalized residents in accessing vital services and supports. Residents without consistent internet access cannot access information, resources, supports, educational tools and social platforms to stay connected. Businesses trying to compete in a digital-first world are set back by insufficient internet access and are unable to have staff effectively work from home.

City of Toronto report on policing recommends pilots for community safety and crisis response program

A City of Toronto report to be considered by Executive Committee at its meeting of Wednesday, January 27 recommends the approval of four community safety and crisis support service pilots. These pilot programs would allow for non-police led response for non-emergency, non-violent calls including those involving persons in crisis and for wellness checks.

City of Toronto report outlines plan for bigger and better CaféTO program in 2021 to help local restaurants

Today, Mayor John Tory endorsed a new City of Toronto report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic.

The report, which will be considered at the meeting of Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 27, includes details about the CaféTO – a quick-start pandemic response program launched last summer – and outlines key findings and outcomes along with recommendations on how to ensure the program is bigger and better this year.

City of Toronto and partners start COVID-19 vaccination pilots for people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers in select shelters

The City of Toronto is pleased to partner with Unity Health Toronto, University Health Network and Inner City Health Associates on COVID-19 vaccination pilot clinics for people experiencing homelessness and frontline shelter workers in select shelters.

Unity Health Toronto ran a clinic January 15 to offer the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to more than 50 senior residents and more than 20 staff of the City-operated Scarborough Village Residence shelter site. This clinic is part of a pilot to vaccinate people experiencing homelessness and staff at up to four shelter sites, with support from the City’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration, Toronto Public Health and the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA). This pilot is prioritizing shelter sites with the highest population of seniors and people with a significant risk of severe outcome as a result of COVID-19. The purpose of the pilot is to test the clinic model and develop a "playbook" for broader future roll-out of the vaccine in the City’s shelter system.

City of Toronto and partners completing resident vaccinations at all 87 long-term care homes in Toronto

Today, the City of Toronto confirmed that COVID-19 immunization clinics have been held at all 87 long-term care homes in Toronto. The vaccination milestone comes well in advance of the Province of Ontario’s January 21, 2021 deadline to complete the first round of vaccinations in long-term care homes.

More than 10,322 residents and 2,893 staff and essential caregivers have now been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine on-site in Toronto long-term care homes. In addition, staff and essential caregivers have attended hospital clinics to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Toronto Public Health expands case and contact management work

Toronto Public Health (TPH), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is today announcing the expansion of the case and contact management component of the City's COVID-19 response. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, TPH’s case and contact management program is an important tool to help curb this virus spread.

To expand TPH’s case and contact management work, the following enhancements are currently underway:

Automated Speed Enforcement devices issue more than 53,000 tickets at first round of locations with steady reduction in speeding incidents and repeat offenders

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 53,090 tickets at the first round of locations, from July 6, 2020 through the final day of enforcement on November 30, 2020, before the devices started enforcement at the second round of locations on December 1, 2020.

Data from the first set of locations shows the City's Automated Speed Enforcement program had a positive impact on driver behaviour where the speed cameras were placed, with a demonstrated reduction in speeding incidents and a reduction in repeat offenders.

City of Toronto modifies services to adhere to and support new provincial regulations and stay-at-home order

The City of Toronto continues to strongly recommend all residents stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

On January 12, 2021, the Province of Ontario declared its second state of emergency.  At 12:01 a.m. this morning, the Province’s new stay-at-home order came into effect in Toronto and across the province. The City is supportive of strengthened measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect our healthcare system and save lives, and has adjusted City services and operations to comply with the new provincial regulations.

City of Toronto launches 2021 tax-supported budgets

Today, the City of Toronto's Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The budgets will be reviewed and debated by Budget and Executive Committees before being finalized and approved by City Council at its meeting on February 18.

The City has experienced significant financial impacts in the form of both added costs and revenue losses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These impacts are expected to continue into 2021, with anticipated financial pressures of approximately $1.6 billion.

Toronto Public Health launches new case-control study focused on residents who recently tested negative for COVID-19

Today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will launch a retrospective case-control study to identify exposure settings and activities that are associated with significantly increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in Toronto. This study will include a focus on residents who recently tested negative for COVID-19 – a new approach for public health units in Canada – and will focus on issues like work environments, living arrangements and other activities including social gatherings or visits to public spaces.

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