WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 31,657,877, up from 31,090,773 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Canada now reports 146,663 cases, up from 143,649 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Ontario reports 48,087 cases, up from 47,274 cases on Monday.
The Province reports 335 (0.7%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 41,600 have been resolved (86.5%) and there have been 2,835 deaths (5.9%). The province has now completed 3,649,980 tests and reports 48,079 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually on September 22, in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. During the meeting, Minister Ng and her G20 counterparts endorsed a joint statement reinforcing their commitment to support their businesses, workers, and people. The G20 ministers committed to ensuring the rules-based international trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core, is stable and predictable and that everyone—including small businesses and women entrepreneurs—can access the benefits of trade. More information here.
The Government of Canada is protecting the health and safety of all Canadians, while ensuring a safe and sustainable economic recovery. On September 22, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has signed agreements with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to secure up to 72 million doses of their COVID-19 adjuvanted recombinant protein-based vaccine candidate. More information here.
The Ontario government has announced today that pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 tests to people who aren’t experiencing symptoms of the virus as part of its fall preparedness plan. Starting Friday, people with no symptoms of the coronavirus can visit select pharmacies by appointment only for free testing. The government says more pharmacy locations will make testing available in the coming weeks. More information here.
The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever before in the province’s history. More information here.
In an effort to support the Automotive industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government is investing in new technology adoption with two local auto parts manufacturers in Scarborough to help improve efficiency, productivity and build capacity in the province’s world-class automotive supply chain while creating and protecting jobs. Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced that an investment of more than $175,000 from the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) will be matched 1:1 by the recipient companies for these projects:
- Innotech Precision Inc.
- Kobay Enstel Ltd.
More information here.
The Ontario government is releasing the 2019-20 Public Accounts and delivering on the government’s commitment to restore transparency and accountability to the province’s finances. The Public Accounts provides a retrospective look at the government’s fiscal performance over the previous fiscal year, comparing the financial results against those projected in the 2019 Budget. The financial impacts of COVID-19 began late in the fourth quarter of 2019-20, and the majority of the government’s COVID-19 investments will be recorded in the 2020-21 fiscal year. More information here.
The Ontario government is making it easier, faster and more affordable to access the justice system by investing in technology and providing more services online. This will enable the province to provide more remote proceedings and reduce the number of courthouse visits, making the justice system safer to access during the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period. Investments in technology have moved more services online, making it easier for people to access the justice system no matter where they live. More information here.
The Ontario government is implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario’s history. The campaign is part of the province’s comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall. More information here.
As Ontario prepares to celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day this Friday, September 25, the Ontario government announced a new investment of $500,000 to support Franco-Ontarian entrepreneurs and businesses. This investment is part of the government’s priority to promote francophone economic development in the province and provide support for Franco-Ontario businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31. To mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on festivals and events, the City has repurposed grant funding that was previously approved by City Council and launched the Cultural Festivals Recovery Program (CFRP), providing $565,000 to support cultural festivals that have been impacted by the pandemic. More information here.
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