Hello East Scarborough! Read on for our latest roundup of key neighbourhood resources, virtual supports, and up-to-date information-- the information and resources that matter most for our KGO and East Scarborough community right now.
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The Toronto Zoo Welcomes New Baby Giraffe and Wolf Cubs!
For more photos and videos please visit the Toronto Zoo's Twitter account here.
Go on a Virtual Trip!
What are you doing for the long weekend? How about a little trip to Iceland? The New York Timeshas a special weekly series where you can live vicariously through their reporters who traveled to a different location around the globe each week.
Virtual Youth Zone: Chopped Edition
Are you up to the challenge? Test your creativity and improvisation skills with the random ingredients in your house. May the most innovative snack win! Click here to sign up for the competition on May 20th and submit ingredients.
Post-secondary students and new grads who are eligible can apply for federal supports starting tomorrow: The federal government has confirmed that eligible students and new grads can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) starting today (Friday May 15) online through CRA MyAccount or by CRA’s toll-free number. Please note that only Canadian and permanent resident students are currently eligible. For full information about which students are eligible and more details on how to apply, check out the federal government’s CESB website
To get ready to apply, the CRA is encouraging eligible students to take three easy steps:
If you have never filed a tax return, create a profile with the CRA by calling 1-800-959-8281
Register for a CRA My Account online, as it is the fastest and easiest way to complete an application
Set up Direct Deposit to have CESB payments deposited directly into your bank accounts. Most major banks will let you sign up for CRA Direct Deposit through their bank portals in a few easy steps.
New One-Time Payment for Seniors
Are you a senior who received Old Age Security (OAS) and/or the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)? On Tuesday May 12, the federal government announced that seniors who receive OAS will get a one-time additional payment of $300 and seniors who receive the GIS will get a one-time additional payment of $200. See press release for full information.
Toronto Rent Bank Program
Rent relief is available to low-income households who are in rental arrears or need to move to more suitable housing. The Toronto Rent Bank Program, funded by the City of Toronto provides interest-free loans to cover rental arrears and rental deposits. The application is simple and can be completed on the phone from home. Documents can be emailed. There is no credit check and repayments are deferred for 12 months. Check out the flyer on the Toronto Rent Bank Program below. To get more information and find out if this is an option for you, call 416-397-7368 (RENT).
Got questions about federal benefits like CERB, CESB, EI, your pension, or your SIN number? The Service Canada Outreach Support Centre can help! To connect with a Service Canada representative for support, fill out the online form here for a callback within 2 business days, or call 1-877-355-2657 from 8:30-4pm Monday to Friday.
New Local Programs and Supports
SCHC Health Connect: Spotlight on Diabetes
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities presents a free 4 week online program (over ZOOM). You can still register if you missed the May 12th session! Must register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-419-2766. Check out flyer here.
11:00am to 12:30pm
May 12: Setting Wellness Goals
May 19: Risk Factors for Diabetes
May 26: Benefits of Physical Activity
June 2: Label Reading & Canada’s Food Guide (COVID-19 perspective)
EarlyOn: Virtual Parenting Workshops June 2020
Scarborough East EarlyOn Child and Family Centre is hosting parenting workshops online. Learn about language development, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, and resources for health and housing. Click here for more details.
The Reading Partnership is here for KGO, online!
Follow us @TRPnow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for links to activities and videos on Family Fun Fridays, or to find out more about our virtual book club - Kids ReadTO. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST by phone at 647-557-6077 or by email at email@example.com.
Free Courses for Newcomers
The Centre for Immigrant and Community Service (CICS) is offering free courses for newcomers, such as: Effective Communication Skills, and a Homework Club.
SCHC Wants to Hear From You
In order to get a clearer understanding of this new reality and how to better serve our community, we at SCHC have prepared a quick survey to help understand and try to address the various ways this pandemic has impacted our community. This survey is completely voluntary and confidential. This should only take a few minutes to complete. The results will be used solely to inform the development and implementation of health promotion programs to help address the identified needs and lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. Click Here for the survey.
Access To Washrooms & Showers in Scarborough
The City has opened some new City-operated facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for anyone who needs access to these services, including 3 in Scarborough. Washrooms, showers, and drinking water at:
Scarborough Village Recreation Centre (Kingston Rd./Markham Rd.): Sunday to Thursday, 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Commander Recreation Centre/Arena (Brimley Rd. / Sheppard Ave): Sunday to Thursday, 10 AM - 5:30 PM
The Mental Health Support Strategy's section of the City of Toronto website is now live. Find info on how to get immediate supports, resources for things you may be worried about, tips on how to support others, and more community-specific supports. Check it out here (NOTE: Click the translate button at the bottom of the page to translate the information into multiple languages!)
Ontario’s Doctors remind you to take care of your health! If you have a medical concern unrelated to COVID-19, it’s important to check in with a doctor. Virtual care helps to keep patients out of waiting rooms where they could be at risk of infecting others or becoming infected themselves. If you need a doctor, make sure you call your primary care (family) doctor. If you have an OHIP card but don’t have a family doctor you can connect with a doctor at www.seethedoctor.ca. You can also view this 3-minute video for an overview of what you can expect from a telemedicine appointment.
Looking for online training programs? Helping Newcomers Work is a digital hub of job training, job search support, and hiring opportunities in the GTA that are of particular interest to newcomers. Check outhttps://helpingnewcomerswork.ca/ to find programs that have gone online.