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Town of Fort Erie Community News - COVID-19

In an effort to help our residents stay up-to-date with the information regarding community programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to let you know what the community organizations are doing in and around Fort Erie.

211 Ontario - COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Air Miles - Air Miles has updated their website to include links to their partner agencies regarding COVID-19.  They have also launched a site starting on April 6, 2020 where you can use Dream Miles to donate to Kids Help Phone and Food Banks Canada.  For more information please visit their website at: www.airmiles.ca/donate .

Association of Municipalities of Ontario - AMO Update: Non-essential businesses to close at midnight tonight

Autism Ontario - All Autism Ontario events are cancelled until April 6th and no face to face visits at this time, but they are still available by phone or email. Visit https://www.autismontario.com/ for more information regarding closures and current updates.

Community Outreach Program Erie (COPE) - If you are in need of Food Bank services COPE is still servicing those in need (the clothing and household goods program is suspended at this time).  Please call 905-871-2526 or email outreach@becon.org for information on how to access the Food Bank Services.  For further information please visit: https://niagara.cioc.ca/record/NIA0992

Family Support Niagara - Hosting Mindfulness & Meditation seminars via Zoom every Monday night.  Visit http://www.familysupportniagara.com/ for more information on how to join.

Fort Erie Public Libraries - All Fort Erie Public Libraries will be closed through April 5th, 2020, as mandated by the Provincial Government due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. Please visit https://www.fepl.ca/ for more information on what the library is offering during this time and information regarding borrowed books, memberships and scheduled events.

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) - Has cancelled the last two weeks of winter programming. Spring applications will still be accepted at this time for programming scheduled to start on April 28th.  They have lots of books to donate to anyone looking for books.  Visit https://ldaniagara.org/ for further information and contact info.

Matthew House Refugee Ministry in Fort Erie - Requesting supplies of hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, bleach, gloves, masks, baby diapers (various sizes) and any form of food.  Visit http://matthewhouseforterie.com/ for more information regarding services and how to help.

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) - Has closely monitored the evolving COVID -19 risks to public health and safety and we regret to inform our community that due to the seriousness of COVID-19, and in an effort to support social distancing, entrance to conservation parks will be closed as of March 26th 2020.  This decision has been made in coordination with our municipal partners and is based on advice from public health officials. NPCA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our staff and visitors and the closure of our conservation areas is in line with what Federal and Provincial leaders as well as Public Health experts.  We must all work together to help stop the spread of Covid-19 through social distancing and staying home as much as possible. NPCA appreciates your understanding and cooperation. Visit https://npca.ca/ for more information.

Pathstone Mental Health - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pathstone Mental Health sites are now CLOSED, set to reopen Monday, April 6th, unless stated otherwise.  Children, youth and families can receive mental health counselling & support, through our Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-800-263-4944. Visit https://pathstonementalhealth.ca/ for more information regarding services at this time.

Primary Care Niagara - Will close to routine face to face patient visits and conducting patient consultations over the phone.  Visit https://primarycareniagara.com/ for the latest information regarding the clinic.

Salvation Army - Will continue to run the food bank until further notice.  All other programs are suspended until the all-clear from Public Health.  Visit http://salvationarmyforterie.org/ for further information. 

Niagara Region - 

Community Services - The government is providing social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people.  This includes: expanding access to Emergency Assistance and increasing access to Discretionary Benefits.  For information on how to apply for Ontario Works / Emergency Assistance please visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/social-services/default.aspx?home_task=1 or click here for a information page from Community Services Niagara Region.  You can also call the intake line at 905-641-9230. 

Food Banks - For more information regarding Food Banks in your area please visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/social-services/food-for-all.aspx

Niagara Gatekeepers - Measures to support seniors in the community amidst COVID-19 - During this time, Seniors Services, in partnership with local community agencies, will be taking a number of measures to support isolated and/or vulnerable seniors in the community, including:

  • Launching a Neighbour to Neighbour Campaign
  • Directing Residents to the Niagara Gatekeepers line: 905-684-0968, should they identify elderly neighbours that need help in this difficult time.

For further information regarding this program, please visit: https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/seniors/programs/gatekeepers.aspx 

Province of Ontario -

Government takes steps to limit COVID-19 spread at construction sites

Ontario providing electricity relief during COVID-19

Ontario Implements enhanced measures to protect the safety of residents in long-term-care homes

March 25 Status Update

Stop the Spread business information line now open

Government of Canada - 

Government introduces Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

If your local organization would like to have your information on this page please contact Janine Tessmer, Communications Advisor at jtessmer@forterie.ca.  Thank you.