WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 3,706,350, up from 3,624,481 yesterday at 3:30 p.m. Canada is now reporting 61,959 cases, up from 60,616 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 18,310 cases, up 387 (2.2%) from 17,923 cases yesterday. The province has now tested 352,714 individuals and reports 6,023 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors. He also announced that the government intends to propose an additional $200 million in borrowing capacity for the sector.
Some of the ways the government will support farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and food processors include:
- Creating a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19 so they can better supply Canadians with food during this period.
- Launching a first-ever Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories, which could include products such as potatoes and poultry, to local food organizations who are serving vulnerable Canadians.
- Working with provinces and territories to explore possibilities for expanding the AgriInsurance program to include labour shortages as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector. This work with provincial and territorial partners would insure against lost production due to an insufficient workforce, should producers be unable to find enough labour to harvest.
More information here.
Today, Canada and the other 20 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] endorsed a statement committing to mitigate the economic impacts caused by COVID-19 and to plan for economic recovery. Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng released a statement with more information here.
Starting today, the Ontario government is expanding virtual mental health services to help thousands of Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including frontline health care workers, during the COVID-19 outbreak. These Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) programs were developed in partnership with MindBeacon and Morneau Shepell and will be provided at no out-of-pocket costs to Ontarians across the province. More information here.
Premier Ford spoke with Deputy Prime Minister Freeland yesterday about the need for a national strategy on contact tracing to help the country manage COVID-19. Premier Ford will make the case to his fellow premiers this week. More information here.
While the Province has seen an uptick in the number of tests it is conducting in recent days, today saw a drop in the number of tests conducted, so Premier Ford called on local health officials to pick-up the pace. The government also released more information about the outbreak in the province, which revealed nearly three-quarters of all deaths were residents of long-term care homes. More information here.
More local events are in limbo or have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Canadian Music Week, which moved its event from May to September announced that it will cancel its festival this year. During a CP24 interview this morning, the Mayor said the city is in active discussions on the fate of the CNE this year as well. More information here.
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