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Provincial & Federal Announcements: COVID-19

Provincial Announcements

February 26 – Ontario Takes Action to Support Working Families and Improve Child Care

February 25 – Ontario Taking Steps to Make it Easier and Safer to Participate in Provincial Elections

February 24 – Ontario Invests in Historic Campaign to Accelerate Training for Personal Support Workers

February 22 – Ontario Supports Training of Hundreds of Personal Support Workers

February 19 – Ontario Administers over Half a Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

February 19 – Stay-at-Home Order Extended in Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Along with North Bay -Parry Sound

February 19 – Ontario Continues Investing in Innovative Festivals and Events

February 19 – Ontario Launches Education Campaign to Help Workplaces Reopen Safely

February 18 – Ontario Investing in Wearable Contract Tracing Technology to Help Protect Workers from COVID-19

February 16 – Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

February 16 – Province Supports Ontario Heritage Trust during COVID-19

February 16 – Ontario Improving Farm Safety for Agri-Food Workers

February 16 – Ontario Continues Unprecedented COVID-19 Response During Upcoming Legislative Sitting

February 12 – Ontario Restarting Passenger Road Tests in Most DriveTest Centre Across the Province

February 12 – Ontario Returning 27 Public Health Regions to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework

February 12 – Ontario Deploys Rapid Tests to More Essential Workplaces and Settings

February 11 – Ontario Delays March Break in an Effort to Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19

February 10 – Retailers Show Improvement in Complying with Public Health Guidelines

February 10 – Ontario Celebrates the Contributions of Dedicated Volunteers

February 10 – Third Quarter Finances Demonstrate Ontario’s Unwavering Commitment to Protect Individuals, Families and Businesses

February 10 – Ontario Extends Off-Peak Electricity Rates to Provide Relief for Families, Small Businesses and Farms

February 9 – Ontario Supporting COVID-19 Response in High Priority Communities

February 9 – Ontario Helping Keep Seniors Safe and Connected During COVID-19

February 9 – Ontario Increases Mental Health Funding for Postsecondary Students

February 8 – Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

February 7 – Ontario Expands Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Workers

February 5 – Ontario Continues to Support Business Owners, Job Creators and Workers during COVID-19

February 5 – Applications Open for Ontario’s New Skills Development Fund

February 4 – Ontario Supports Air Monitoring Technology to Better Protect People from COVID-19

February 3 – Enhanced Safety Measures in Place as In-Person Learning Resumes Across Ontario

February 2 – Ontario Continues Accelerated Vaccinations of Most Vulnerable Despite Vaccine Delays

February 2 – Ontario Seeks Public Input to Help Shape Digital ID Program

February 2 – Ontario Strengthening Mental Health Services in the Justice System

February 1 – Ontario Community Support Program Extended until 2022

February 1 – Ontario Provides Additional Funding to Keep Schools Safe

February 1 – Ontario Expands Testing to Keep Schools and Child Care Settings Safe

February 1 – Ontario Making Additional Investments to Keep Students and Staff Safe

February 1 – Ontario Taking Steps to Improve Mental Health Supports for First Responders and Public Safety Personnel

January 29 – Ontario Takes Immediate Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Variants

January 29 – Over 1,000 Stores Visited during Ontario’s COVID-19 Inspection Blitz

January 29 – Infrastructure Ontario Invests in Community-Based Infrastructure Projects

January 28 – 280,000 More Ontario Students to Return to Class

January 28 – Ontario Promotes Mental Health on Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 27 – Ontario Extends Off-Peak Electricity Rates to Provide Relief for Families, Small Businesses and Farms

January 27 – Ontario Supports Economic Development within Francophone Community

January 27 – Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations

January 27 – Ontario Remains among the Best in the Country for Reducing Red Tape

January 27 – Ontario Supporting Competitiveness in the Greenhouse Sector

January 26 – Ontario Working with Multi-Sector Leaders to Improve Diversity in the Workplace

January 26 – Further Action Needed to Protect the Border and Stop the Spread of COVID-19

January 26 – Ontario Supports Modernization of Small and Rural Communities

January 26 – Ontario Delivering Support to Agricultural and Horticultural Societies

January 26 – Ontario Supports the Development of the Next Generation of PPE

January 25 – Ontario Adjusts Vaccination Plan in Response to Pfizer-BioNTech Shipment Delays

January 25 – Today Marks the One Year Anniversary of the First COVID-19 Case in Ontario

January 25 – Ontario Expanding Eligibility for Emergency Child Care During Extended Remote Learning Period

January 24 – Safety of Schools Remains Priority Number One for Ontario

January 23 – Ontario Expands Big-Box Blitz to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Region

January 22 – Ontario Continues to Support Municipal Infrastructure Renewal through Virtual Outreach

January 22 – Small Businesses Apply for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant in Growing Numbers

January 21 – Ontario Launches Pilot Program to Train Personal Support Workers

January 21 – Ontario Reminds Public to Stay Home and Travel Only When Necessary

January 21 – Ontario Adding More Mental Health Beds and Programs for Seniors

January 20 – Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns

January 19 – Ontario Achieves Key Milestone with Vaccinations in Long-Term Care

January 18 – Ontario Adding Over 500 Hospital Beds to Expand Critical Care Capacity

January 16 – Ontario Extends Reopening Ontario Act Orders

January 15 – Ontario Launches 2021 Budget Consultations

January 15 – Applications Now Open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant

January 15 – Ontario Expands Case and Contact Management Workforce

January 14 – Ontario Supporting Horse Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

January 14 – Ontario Increasing Workplace Inspections during COVID-19

January 14 – Ontario Temporarily Pauses Residential Evictions

January 13 – Ontario Expanding Firefighter Training Across the Province

January 13 – Supporting Seniors and People with Disabilities During Provincewide Shutdown

January 13 – Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two

January 12 – Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

January 8 – Ontario Continues to Support Businesses, Workers and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 7 – Ontario Extends Teacher-Led Online Learning Until January 25 to Keep Students and Staff Safe in Southern Ontario

January 5 – Ontario Accelerates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Long-Term Care Homes in Priority Regions

January 4 – Ontario Supporting Home-Based Food Businesses During COVID-19

December 30 – Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

December 27 – Ontario Provides Update on Ontario Cases of COVID-19 UK Variant

December 26 – Ontario Confirms First Cases of COVID-19 UK Variant in Ontario

December 24 – Ontario Thanks Essential Workers for Going Above and Beyond During COVID-19

December 23 – Federal Government Funds Canadian Red Cross Supporting up to 20 Additional Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

December 23 – Ontario Welcomes Health Canada Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

December 23 – Ontario Supports Non-Profits Delivering Vital Services

December 22 – Ontario Cancelling Passenger Road Tests Across Ontario

December 22 – Safer at Home Programs Provide Relief to Ontario Families

December 21Ontario Building on Supports for Employers During COVID-19

December 21Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives

December 11Ontario Begins Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine

December 11Ontario Moving Regions to New Levels with Stronger Public Health Measures

December 10Ontario Ready to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

December 10 Governments Helping Ontario Agri-Food Businesses Increase Online Sales

December 10Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

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; 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 3 and 6 –  Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, are required to be closed; Emergency measures introduced to provide more flexibility in staffing Ontario health units

April 3 – 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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