Michael Mantha MPP, Algoma–Manitoulin

Government of Ontario


Dear Algoma-Manitoulin

Thank you for everything you are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are difficult times, but we are rising to the challenge. Together, we’ll get through this.

My team and I will continue to respond to your inquiries by phone and email.

I know many of you have questions about this pandemic and the supports available to help you and your family during this uncertain time. My team and I will share information with you as we have it, and find out the answers when we do not. 

On this webpage you will find information on:

  • Ontario's plan for re-opening
  • Worker Rights during COVID-19
  • Public Health Updates
  • Provincial Measures and Supports
  • Federal Measures and Supports

I want to thank all of the public health staff and health care workers who are working tirelessly to combat this pandemic. Thank you to all of the frontline staff- the grocery store workers, the pharmacists, the delivery drivers, the transit drivers, and the first responders. You all deserve an enormous debt of gratitude.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns to 705-461-9710 or [email protected] My team and I are here to help.


Ontario's COVID-19 Information Page

The Ontario government updated their COVID-19 webpage to help you find up to date information and help. You can access the webpage here.

You'll find information here on:

Ontario's Plan for Re-opening

Ontario has announced that the province-wide shutdown would be extended in Northern Ontario until January 21.

Elementary students and secondary students in the seven Northern Ontario public health unit regions will proceed with returning to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

For more information on Stage 3, as well as the public health guidance necessary to keep the people of Ontario safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

Worker Rights during COVID-19

My office has received many questions about workers’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially from those working at essential workplaces.

Changes made to the Employment Standards Act expand job-protected unpaid leave due to an infectious disease emergency. Employers cannot require employees to provide medical notes to prove they are eligible for this leave.

If you have questions about whether you are entitled to the protected unpaid leave in relation to COVID-19 contact your union representative or call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 416 326-7160 or 1 800 531-5551.

The health and safety of workers must always be a priority. Under the Ontario Health and Safety Act, you have the right to refuse unsafe work.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts has prepared a webpage with guidance employers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please find the webpage here. 

If you have concerns about health and safety at your workplace, contact your union representative or the Ministry’s toll-free health and safety information line 1-877-202-0008 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Public Health Updates

The following websites provide daily updates on pandemic response:

Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Information on prevention and protection measures and where to seek further medical assistance.

Algoma Public Health 

Information on prevention and protection measures and where to seek further medical assistance.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Information on prevention and protection measures and where to seek further medical assistance.

Public Health Ontario
Public resources and factsheets on self-monitoring and self-isolation, and links to guidelines and statements from national and international public health organizations

Ontario Ministry of Health
Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.

Government of Canada (Travel Advisory and Advice)
Information on travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19.


Provincial Measures and Supports

Find out what emergency supports are available from the provincial government here for individuals and businesses.

Help for Families

Learning supports while schools are closed
Several learning tools have been launched to support students and parents seeking learning opportunities, including through TVO. Teacher-led learning resumed April 6, 2020.

Other Measures

Emergency Assistance Program
The Emergency Assistance Program has been expanded to assist people with limited income, assets or credit, who are in crisis or in an emergency situation, and those who are not eligible for federal assistance.

Access to OHIP Coverage
The three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage has been waived. Additionally, the provincial government will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.

Government documents extended
The validity period for divers’ licenses, health cards, license plates, Ontario photo cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates and other products has been extended.

Federal Measures and Supports

The federal government’s Economic Response Plan website includes information on programs and supports for individuals and businesses.

Find more information about supports for post secondary students and recent graduates here.