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The Town of Aurora recognizes the significant impact that the global heath crisis COVID-19 has on our community. During this difficult time, all levels of government are working together to find solutions to address the challenges citizens and businesses are facing. Community leaders in Aurora have come together to form the Aurora Cares Community Action Team. This team continues to assess the emerging needs of the most vulnerable and at risk in our community such as citizens who may become homeless or who are homeless, seniors, disabled persons and those who rely on food banks. The goal is to help fill in the gaps where needed and add to what is already being provided by the provincial and federal government.

“The Town of Aurora has always been recognized as being a community that is giving, generous and dedicated to helping those in need. Keeping this in mind, I believe that the Town must help the citizens in our community who are most vulnerable. We need to respond to these emerging needs and provide tools and resources to assist our citizens during this very difficult and confusing time,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The Aurora Cares Community Action Team consists of the following community leaders and is supported by Town staff
  • Barb Allan, Executive Director, Able Network (2019 Citizen of the Year)
  • Christina Bisanz, Chief Executive Officer, Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS)
  • Wendy Browne, Past President, The Aurora Rotary Club
  • Erin Cerenzia, Manager, Neighbourhood Network
  • Wendy Gaertner, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Rosalyn Gonsalves , Former General Manager, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Harrison, Community Relations Representative, Salvation Army
  • Sandra Humfryes, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Koula Koliviras, Aurora resident 
  • Tom Mrakas, Mayor, Town of Aurora
  • Heidi Schellhorn, Superintendent, York Regional Police
  • Beverley Wood, Founder and Past Chair, Welcoming Arms, (2014 Citizen of the Year)
  • Allison Stuart, Aurora Food Pantry
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program: Applications Begin July 13

The Government of Ontario is making $9 million available to support residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills because of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) provides a one-time, on-bill credit to eligible residential electricity and natural gas customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments

Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs) will begin accepting applications for CEAP on July 13, 2020, delivering the program in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB. CEAP funding is limited, with utilities and USMPs expected to process applications in the order in which they are received. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee funding. To apply for CEAP funding, customers should contact their utility or USMP directly.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and on-bill credit amounts, visit oeb.ca/ceap.

Homemade Masks for Hometown Heroes

Is a dynamic group of volunteers in York Region who are doing their part in supporting our hometown heroes, front line workers and essential workers during this health crisis.

Due to the ongoing shortage of PPE, this group will continue to provide homemade cloth masks and scrub caps for workers who are in hospitals, senior care homes, grocery stores, delivery personnel, restaurants as well as community members who are considered vulnerable (seniors, immune compromised, etc.) 

For more information, please email here.

All referrals to materials, including physical goods and design files (the “materials”), provided by the Town of Aurora (the “Town”) are presented “as is” in a good faith effort to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. By using these materials, you do so at your own risk and will comply with any provincial and federal guidelines for use.  The Town makes no and expressly disclaims any representations or warranties related to current condition, fitness of use, non-infringement, or compliance with regulatory standards; and is not liable for any claims or damage to any person or property of any kind, either as a result of use or as related to the materials. The Town’s disclaimer of liability is a material consideration for the Town, without which, the Town would not offer such referrals to materials.

For more information on the Aurora Cares Community Action Team email Betty DeBartolo at bdebartolo@aurora.ca

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.