National Accessibility Week

Key Messages National AccessAbility Week takes place from May 31 to June 6 this year. Our government is proud to work towards creating a society and economy that is accessible and inclusive for all Ontarians. We would like to thank all of the individuals, groups and partners who have been working towards creating a barrier-free […]

Ontario Takes additional steps to protect seniors in retirement homes and EO Amendments

Summary Today, the Ontario government made amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation, enabling the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to better support seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. The regulation change increases the emergency payment the RHRA can pay to eligible retirement home residents from $2,000 to $3,500. In the […]

backcountry camping

Summary Our government is gradually reintroducing camping in Ontario Parks and on Crown land to give people more opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe during this time. Today, Minister Yurek and Minister Yakabuski announced that as of Monday, June 1st, limited backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks and on Crown land, including […]

Opening Up COVID-19 Testing

Summary Today, Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, released the next phase of the province’s COVID-19 testing plan, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing. Testing will now be available to more people in more locations across the province. People will no longer need a referral to go to any of the […]

Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

Summary All commercial landlords in Ontario can now apply for rental assistance to help their small business tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will keep more small businesses in operation and more people employed as the province gradually and safely restarts the economy. Our government is committing $241 million to partner with the […]

Tourism Week in Ontario

Summary From May 24th through May 31st, we celebrate Tourism Week across Ontario. This is an initiative created by the Tourism Association of Canada (TIAC), and adopted by provincial tourism associations across the country, including the Tourism Association of Ontario (TIAO). This week aims to bring awareness to the economic opportunities that tourism offers. This is […]

SPARK / Small Business, Big Hearts Initiative

Summary We know the toll COVID-19 has taken on seniors and their families across Ontario. But we also know that throughout this crisis, Ontarians have come together to show remarkable support for one another in expressions of true #OntarioSpirit. Today, we recognize the extraordinary volunteer efforts to support our seniors. Through Ontario’s historic partnership with SPARKOntario, […]

Taking Action at High Risk Long Term Homes

Summary Today, Premier Ford, Minister Fullerton and Minister Elliott announced the following action is being taken in long-term care homes across the province: Effective immediately, we have begun the process of taking over the temporary management of an additional five long-term care homes: Eatonville Care (Etobicoke), Hawthorne Place (North York), Altamont Care (Scarborough), Orchard Villa […]

Tracker and Paramedic Services Week

Summary t’s Paramedic Services Week! Let’s show our appreciation for all the brave paramedics who work to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians especially in the midst of COVID-19. Paramedics play a vital role on the front lines of the health care system every day, especially during a pandemic like COVID-19. This Paramedic Services Week, reach […]

Tool Loan Forgiveness and Tool Grant

Summary As the economy gradually reopens, our government is helping people affected by COVID-19 get back to work, including those in the skilled trades and hospitality sector. Today, we announced that we are investing in Ontario’s first Virtual Action Centre to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and is helping apprentices by providing grants […]