COVID 19 Action Plan for Protecting Long- Term Care Homes Update

Summary Today Premier Doug Ford, Minister Elliott and Minister Fullerton provided an update on the COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes. Since this plan was introduced the province has introduced more aggressive testing, screening, and surveillance, deployed specialized teams from hospitals, public health and the home care sector, additional frontline staff, and increased personal protective […]

OCSA and Meals on Wheels

Summary The Ontario government is delivering much-needed support to Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19. The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need. Key Messages The Ontario government is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, […]

Mental Health Supports and CMHA

Summary CMHA Ontario has 30 local branches who are part of a community based mental health sector which serves approximately 500,000 Ontarians annually. Mental health and addictions concerns are among the many challenges Ontarians are currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deemed an essential service by the Ontario government, CMHA Ontario branches remain ready to serve […]

Tentative Agreement with the OSSTF

Summary Today, our government reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), and the OSSTF Education Workers and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA). This is the last remaining agreement reached by the government preceded by ETFO, ETFO EW, AEFO, OCEW, and three ratified […]


Summary Today the Ontario government released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures must remain in place to continue […]

CVOR Renewal Applications Available Online

Summary The Ministry of Transportation has now made Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) renewal applications available online. Commercial vehicle operators in Ontario are still required to carry a valid CVOR certificate or a copy in their vehicles. Key Messages Ontario is making life easier for truck drivers and commercial carriers by launching an online renewal […]

$1 million in new funding to support efforts that match agri-food sector employers with job-seeker

Summary Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation’s supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that […]

Expansion of Emergency Child Care

Summary Earlier today, our government announced we are expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care. This will help additional frontline staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. An Emergency Order was issued which will offer support to those providing a variety of critical services including people who assist vulnerable communities, emergency response and law enforcement […]

Providing Drivers Auto Insurance Relief During COVID-19

Summary Our Government is acting to ease the financial pressures faced by the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak by enabling auto insurance companies to provide relief to their customers. By amending a regulation under the Insurance Act, insurance companies will be able to provide auto insurance premium rebates to consumers for up to […]

Hospital Capacity

Summary The Ontario government has significantly expanded hospital capacity in preparation for any COVID-19 outbreak scenario. The province has added 1,035 acute care beds and 1,492 critical care beds and taken steps to ensure hospitals have the staff available to care for a sudden surge in patients. Hospitals across the province have taken steps to make more beds available […]