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Provincial Announcements

November 25 – Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely | Ontario Newsroom

November 24Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response

November 20Ontario has extended COVID-10 Orders

November 19Ontario Launches Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaigns

November 19Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training

November 19Get COVID relief funding for your business

November 13Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

November 3Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

November 2, 2020Ontario releases report on COVID- 19 Emergency Measures

October 28 Ontario Launching COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream

October 27 Ontario Adding Over 760 Hospital Beds Across the Province

October 23  – Ontario Takes Steps to Ensure Surplus Food Does Not Go to Waste

October 20  Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders to Protect the Public

October 20  Ontario Invests $550 Million to Build and Upgrade Schools

October 20  – Ontario Protects Workers, Volunteers and Organizations Who Make Honest Efforts to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines and Laws

October 19  – Ontario Making Government Services More Convenient, Reliable, and Accessible

October 17  York Region Added to List of Areas of Higher Community Spread

October 16 Ontario Moving Additional Region to Modified Stage 2

October 16  – Ontario Supports the Production of Critical Supplies to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

October 15  Millions Across Canada Now Using Made-in-Ontario COVID Alert App

October 15  – Ontario Adding Over 200 More Transitional Care Beds Across the Province

October 14  Outings on Hold for Long-Term Care Homes in Areas of Higher Community Spread

October 14 Ontario Hiring Hundreds More Contact Tracers and Case Managers

October 13  – Ontario Increases Production of COVID-19 Testing Supplies

October 13  – Ontario Helps Keep Energy Costs Low for Families, Small Businesses and Farmers

October 13  – Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic

October 13  – Governments Investing $26.6 Million to Further Protect Ontario Agri-Food Workers During COVID-19

October 9  Increased COVID-19 Precautions for Congregate Care Settings

October 9  – Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region

October 8  – Ontario Supporting Local Festivals and Events

October 7  – Ontario Building a Modern, Connected and Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions System

October 7  – Ontario Supports Small Main Street Businesses with $60 Million in Funding through PPE Grant

October 6  – Making Ontario Better for People and Smarter for Business

October 6  – Ontario Surpasses Four Million COVID-19 Tests

October 5  – Ontario Releases $35 Million to Hire More Staff, Improve Remote Learning in Targeted Communities

October 5 – New COVID-19 Precautions at Long-Term Care Homes

October 2  – Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe

October 1 – Ontario Provides $461 Million to Temporarily Enhance Wages For Personal Support Workers

October 1  – Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

September 30  – Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

September 30 Ontario Releases Updated COVID-19 Modelling for Second Wave

September 29 – Ontario Providing over Half a Billion Dollars to Protect Vulnerable Seniors against Second Wave of COVID-19

September 28 – Ontario Investing $52.5 Million to Recruit, Retain and Support More Health Care Workers

September 25  Ontario Investing $741 Million to Reduce Surgeries Backlog and Expand Access to Care

September 25  – New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

September 24  – Ontario Investing More Than $1 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

September 23  – Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

September 22  – Ontario Set to Launch Largest Flu Immunization Campaign in Province’s History

September 21 Ontario Presses Ottawa to Increase Share of Health Funding

September 19  Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province

September 17  – Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021

September 17 Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions

September 16  Ontario Launches New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff

September 15 – Province Ramps Up Production of Ontario-Made Ventilators

September 11  Ontario Launches COVID-19 School and Licensed Child Care-specific Web Page

September 10  New Research Projects Aim to Improve Ontario’s Response to COVID-19

September 7  Keeping Students and Staff Safe as They Return to School

September 4  Province Supports Ontario-Made Face Masks in the Fight Against COVID-19

September 4  – Ontario Welcomes Postsecondary Students Back to School

September 3  – Ontario Extends Support for Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

August 28  – Safe Outings Now Possible for Long-Term Care Home Residents

August 26  – Ontario Releases COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools

August 21  – Ontario expands indoor capacity for meeting and event facilities

August 21 – Ontario Partners with federal government and 3M Canada on New N95 respirator manufacturing facility

August 20  – Ontario extends orders under the reopening Ontario Act, 2020

August 20  – Ontario supporting agricultural and rural fall fairs and exhibitions

August 7  – Historic agreement delivers over $230 million for child care

July 31  – Ontario implementing  additional measures as bars and restaurants to help limit the spread of COVID-19

July 30  – Ontario building a safer and stronger long-term care system

July 30  – Ontario releases plan for safe reopening of schools in September

July 30  – Ontario continues to gradually and safely reopen child care for working parents

July 20  – Ontario Moving more regions into Stage 3

July 16  – Ontario Extends Emergency Orders until July 29th

July 13  – Nearly all businesses and public spaces to reopen in Stage 3

July 10  – Update from the Ontario Health System Response

July 9  – Ontario extends emergency orders

June 27  Ontario extends emergency orders to July 10th

June 24  – Ontario extends declaration of emergency to July 15th

June 17  – Ontario extends emergency orders to June 30th

June 13  – Ontario eases restrictions on wedding and funeral ceremonies

June 12  – Ontarians encouraged to establish social circles

June 11  – Ontario lifting 30-day supply limit on prescriptions

June 11  – Ontario to resume family visits in long-term care homes, retirements homes and other residential care settings

June 11 Ontario and Canada helping small businesses go digital

June 10  – Beaches and campsites to open at Ontario parks

June 8  – Ontario permits more businesses and services to reopen in the coming days

June 6  – Ontario extends emergency orders to support its reopening efforts

June 2 Ontario extends declaration of emergency until June 30

May 29  – Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

May 29  – Support for small business tenants and landlords now available

May 27  – Ontario extending emergency orders during COVID-19 Outbreak

May 20  – Face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge

May 19  – Schools to remain closed for the rest of this school year

May 19  – Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to May 29th

May 14  – Ontario announces additional workplaces that can reopen

May 12  Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency to June 2

May 11  – Ontario opening provincial parks and conservation reserves

May 6  – Ontario further eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction

May 6  – Ontario extends electricity rate relief until May 31st and extends existing emergency orders until May 19th

May 5  – Free internet-based programs help people cope with unprecedented situation

May 4  Ontario continues to support mental health needs during COVID-19

May 1  – New order to provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their monthly electricity bills in April, May and June 2020 

May 1  – Emergency orders issued to help better manage health care resources

May 1  – Certain businesses allowed to reopen May 4th under strict safety guidelines

April 30  – Government launches free 511 app for truckers providing information on rest areas, food and fuel across the province 

April 30  – Ontario providing employers with workplace safety guidelines as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy

April 29  – More frontline workers eligible for emergency child care

April 28  – The Ontario government is launching the “COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers” website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the global pandemic 

April 27  – Ontario unveils guiding principles to reopen the province

April 26  – Publicly-funded schools to remain closed until May 31st

April 25  – Community gardens allowed to operate

April 25  – Ontario parks to remain closed until May 31

April 25  – Ontario allows the redeployment of staff to better care for vulnerable people

April 24  – Federal and Ontario governments are investing $2.5 million to grow agri-food e-business giving families more choice when buying food and plants online

April 24 – News Release Local measures to ensure students maintain safe accessibility to healthy food during the current school closures

April 24 Ontario provides urgent relief for small businesses and landlords 

April 23  – Ontario delivers action plan to increase protection for vulnerable people and those who care for them

April 23  – Ontario extends emergency orders until May 6 and issues a new order to support people with mental health and addiction issues

April 21  – Ontario is providing funding and services to help seniors and people with disabilities during COVID-19

April 18  – Ontario Investing $20 Million to Advance Medical Research

April 17 – Provincial and federal government investing up to $1 million to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector

April 17  – Ontario offers emergency child care to more frontline staff

April 17  Province makes it easier to reassign staff where they are needed most

April 17   – Expansion Will Assist Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 17  – iPad Devices with Free Rogers Wireless Data Will Support Learning at Home

April 17  – $1 million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers

April 16  – Regulatory Changes Open the Door for Auto Insurance Rebates

April 16 – Province adds more than 2,000 acute care and critical care beds and enacts pandemic staffing plans

April 15  Robust action plan and new emergency order to protect the most vulnerable in long-term care homes

April 14  – Ontario extends state of emergency orders until May 12 and passes the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act

April 14  – Sustained Measures Necessary to Stop the Spread and Protect Public Health

April 13  – Same-Day Deliveries Made to Protect Patients and Frontline Workers from COVID-19

April 12  – New platform will allow researchers to better detect, plan and respond to the outbreak

April 11  – Over 14,000 submissions received through Ontario Together Portal, but more are needed

April 11  – Province Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

April 10  Province Prevents Operators from Charging Fees while Child Cares are Closed

April 10  Ontario Significantly Expanding COVID-19 – Testing Enhanced testing strategy will help stop the spread of the virus

April 9  Premier Ford Appoints Team to Develop Plan for Post-Pandemic Growth and Prosperity

April 9 Minister of Education Statement on Ratification of OECTA Central Agreement

April 6 Ontario takes additional measures to protect first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 6 –  Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, are required to be closed

April 3  – Emergency measures introduced to provide more flexibility in staffing Ontario health units and an on-line portal was launched for Ontario residents to check their own COVID-19 test results 

April 3 – Joint Ministers Letter_HOC_Campgrounds English 20200404 – Ontario extends business closures to stop the spread of COVID-19, adds new restrictions and amends the list of essential businesses

April 1 – New $50 million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies

March 31 –  Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures

March 30 Chief Medical Officer of Health – Our obligations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 

March 30 Ontario extends emergency declaration – all outdoor recreational amenities across Province now closed.

March 28 Ontario government prohibits gatherings of more than five people with strict exceptions

March 26 –  New financial measure will allow WSIB premium payment deferrals for six months. 

March 23 Ontario is closing at-risk workplaces to protect health & safety.  List of Essential Workplaces

March 17 Ontario Announces State of Emergency

Federal Announcements

March 27 Prime Minister announces a wage subsidy to 75% for SMEs to avoid layoffs. Details are still being developed

March 18 –  Prime Minister announces Canada’s Economic Response Plan to COVID-19

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