Julie Dabrusin
Julie Dabrusin
Member of Parliament for Toronto—Danforth
December 2, 2020 Community Email Update
December 2, 2020

Dear Neighbour,

With the holiday season upon us, the lockdown measures in Toronto will be particularly challenging for all of us. We are being asked to forego some of our most beloved annual traditions to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe. This is no small sacrifice at the tail-end of an already difficult year, but with positive developments on the vaccine front, we know there are better days ahead. Further below, you'll find a few resources to help you plan a safe holiday and safe opportunities for recreation this winter.

Moderna's chief medical officer confirmed this week that Canada will be among the first countries to receive vaccine shipments as part of our agreement for 56 million doses. We've also secured 20 million doses from Pfizer. In addition to the procurement agreements with Moderna and Pfizer, we've secured 429 million doses from 7 other leading candidates.

As our vaccine distribution framework comes together, we're also moving forward with a renewed focus on a post pandemic recovery agenda. Our Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland provided a fiscal update this week on the state of the Canadian economy. I have provided a brief summary of the highlights further below. 

With that, please see updates on:

  • Facebook Live: Winter Cycling 101 
  • Fall Economic Statement
  • Net Zero Emissions by 2050
  • Federal COVID-19 Response: Facts and Figures
  • Resources
Facebook Live: Winter Cycling 101

Join me tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00pm on Facebook Live where I will be joined by Ride Away Bikes Riverside to talk about getting ready for winter cycling. As it begins to snow, it will be a chance to learn about gear and best practices to maintain bike safety in winter conditions. We welcome your questions on how to cycle safely throughout the winter. Please like my Facebook Page to get a notification when I go live. You can also email me any questions in advance.

Stick around after the tutorial if you have any questions about the programs and policies that were announced in the Fall Economic Statement. I'll be available to answer your questions.

Fall Economic Statement

On Monday, Minister Freeland tabled the Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020 which outlines our immediate priorities to continue supporting Canadians through the pandemic as well as a stimulus package to build out of the recession once the virus is under control. The plan includes:

  • Temporary support of up to $1,200 in 2021 for each child under the age of six for families entitled to the Canada Child Benefit. The CCB has dramatically reduced child poverty and child food insecurity across our country since it was first rolled out in 2015.
  • Creating a Federal Secretariat on Early Learning and Childcare to work towards a new national system modelled on the one already in place in Quebec.
  • Eliminating interest on the federal portion of Canada student loans and Canada apprentice loans for the next fiscal year.
  • Support for energy-efficient retrofits to homes and buildings which are the largest source of emissions in cities like Toronto.
  • Increasing the Emergency Wage Subsidy back to 75% to keep Canadians employed
  • New taxation measures on digital vendors, streaming services (such as Netflix), online marketplaces, and foreign e-commerce vendors (such as Amazon)
Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Last week, our government tabled Bill C-12 which would require current and future governments to create 5-year milestone targets and provide reports on how it will meet those targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Governments will also have to regularly report on their progress towards those goals.

The legislation will also create accountability mechanisms such as the requirement for an expert advisory body to advise the minister, report annually to the minister and require the minister to respond publicly.

Federal COVID-19 Response: Facts and Figures
  • Over 11.4. million Canadians have been tested for COVID-19 to date.
  • Over 5.5 million Canadians have downloaded the COVID Alert app.
  • As of November 27, more than 648,000 Canadians in all provinces and territories have accessed Wellness Together Canada in over 1.8 million distinct web sessions.
  • Six federal labs are up and running to support provincial lab testing capacity.
  • Over the last week, the following PPE was delivered to provinces and territories: over 2.4M respirators and over 6.2M surgical masks
  • Over 5.7M rapid tests have been sent to provinces and territories to date. In Ontario, 2,076,894 tests have been sent to the province so far.
  • Approximately 453 Canadian Red Cross personnel deployed to support provinces in managing outbreaks including support for testing and including in long-term care facilities. In Ontario, there are approximately 40 staff.
  • Six federal labs are up and running to support provincial lab capacity, with two more opening shortly.
  • Currently, federal staff are making over 2000 daily contact tracing calls in Ontario

You can also find a comprehensive federal Epidemiology update here.


Please see a guidance document that provides safety advice to reduce your risk and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during holidays and celebrations.

To help people stay active this winter season, the City of Toronto is providing new and enhanced exercise-based recreation activities in parks locations across Toronto. The Welcome T.O. Winter plan can be found here.

Stay safe and please reach out by email or phone (416.405.8914, leave a message) for any questions, suggestions or feedback.


Julie Dabrusin 


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