Salma Zahid
Salma Zahid
Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre
April 10 update to constituents on COVID-19 response
April 10, 2020

Weekly MP Update on COVID-19 response

Hello, This week, I would like to send my thoughts and best wishes to the members of the Jewish, Sikh and Christian faiths celebrating Passover, Vaisakhi and Easter, and Tamils celebrating their New Year on Tuesday. These are normally occasions where family and community come together and that's just not possible this year, at least in the traditional sense. I want to thank you for your understanding of the need for physical distancing, and for coming together virtually instead. I know I'm sad to be missing our annual Multifaith Easter Dinner. Our sacrifices now mean we will all be able to celebrate together sooner, and I look forward to that day. This was also a challenging week as our government and the province released modelling of projected COVID-19 cases and deaths based on different scenarios. The numbers may seem stark, but it also demonstrates that we still have an opportunity to control the epidemic and to save lives. We all play a role in what the future will hold by using tried and true public health measures, including staying home when possible, maintaining physical distancing, meticulous handwashing, and covering our coughs. And please remember that it's OK to not be OK. Resources are available for anyone who needs emotional support navigating crises or stresses related to COVID-19. Below I'll provide an update on the government's announcements this week, including new support for students. Please know that the government recognizes there are gaps in the coverage for both individuals and for businesses. I am communicating your feedback to the Ministers responsible for these programs, and adjustments have and are being made. If you'd like to speak to be personally, please email my team at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (416) 752-2358. And while my team will be taking a rest this weekend, we are here to help you with your federal government issues. I wish the best to you and your family during this challenging time. Together, we shall overcome and emerge stronger from this challenge. Sincerely, Salma

Scarborough Updates

Facebook Live Town Hall I held my second Facebook Live town hall yesterday to connect with the people of Scarborough Centre and answer your questions about our response to COVID-19. I will continue to hold these town halls weekly, and I invite you to join me. Below you can find a replay of this week's call, and the registration link for next week's. Local support and resources

National Updates

Support for individuals Support for businesses
Personal Protective Equipment Our government is investing $2 billion to purchase protective personal equipment, including things like more masks and face shields, gowns, ventilators, test kits and swabs, and hand sanitizer. We have signed procurement contracts with several Canadian companies to make medical supplies such as ventilators, surgical masks, medical gowns and test kits. We've also signed letters of intent with five other companies: Precision Biomonitoring, Fluid Energy Group, Irving Oil, Calko Group, and Stanfield's. This initiative will help companies that are already making things like masks, ventilators, and hand sanitizer massively scale up production, and it will also provide support to those who want to retool their manufacturing facilities to contribute to this fight. The government has ordered millions of supplies to ease the pressure on health care facilities, including more than 230 million surgical masks (over 16 million have already been delivered), 75 million N95 masks on order, nearly 10 million pairs of medical gloves received and procuring hundreds of millions more. We are mobilizing all of Canada to protect our healthcare workers so they can continue to protect all Canadians. All hands on deck.
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