This afternoon, the provincial government released Ontario’s plans to fight COVID-19. The full statement is available here, and for those of you interested in the accompanying legislation, you can read it here.
Below you will find a breakdown of the announcement but only focused on the key areas where there are changes.
It is important to note that this is only a high-level breakdown. There is a lot of information to process and analyze. In the coming days, we will look at in greater detail and provide updates on how all of this will impact us.
As you will see below, the good news is that there will no longer be cuts to public health, but rather an increase in funding. However, the biggest gap in the government’s financial statement is that it leaves out immediate help for people as it does not put money in the pockets of those who desperately need it. There is no relief for renters, no support for those who have lost their jobs/income and no real help for small and medium-sized businesses keep their heads above water.
Notwithstanding the concerns about the gaps in the approach, all parties voted in favour and passed the bill and the financial package this afternoon as the government needs to act fast. We will now press to have the government address the gaps in their plans.
Wash your hands. Stay home (except if you must work). Be kind. We are all in this together.