COVID-19 Government and International Response: October 30, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 45,119,899, up from 42,334,795 at 3:30 p.m. on October 23, 2020. Canada now reports 228,542 cases, up from 209,148 cases of COVID-19 on October 23. Ontario reports 74,715 cases, up from 68,353 cases on October 23.

The Province reports 896 (1.2%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 63,919 have been resolved (85.6%) and there have been 3,127 deaths (4.2%). The province has now completed 5,068,007 tests and reports 41,063 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.

FEDERAL

Today, the federal government announced a $2.5 million investment in a study that will help us better understand the rate of COVID-19 infection among international travellers. The study will also review the importance of public health measures for travellers and assess the benefits and risks of an airport-based COVID-19 testing and surveillance program. More information here.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the government has been working closely with industry to understand which areas require urgent investment while building domestic capabilities to fight future pandemics. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced $796,000 in funding from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) through the Pandemic Response Challenge program, as well as challenge winners and new contracts under the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream. More information here.

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan today, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle class Canadians. This multi-year levels plan recognizes the importance of family reunification and Canada’s global commitment to protecting those most at risk through refugee resettlement. More information here.

Over the past months, Canadians have been following public health advice and doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Today, the Government of Canada announced that the COVID Alert app has been updated to send notifications based on a more precise timeline. With this update, users who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have entered a one-time key from their respective public health authority will now have the option to enter the date of their symptom onset or their testing date. More information here.

On October 30, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced over $200 million in new funding to provide support to Indigenous peoples and communities. The funding will protect the health, safety and wellbeing of Indigenous communities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s investment builds on the work already being done through the Indigenous Community Support Fund, as well as additional funding provided for communities and organizations working with Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and off-reserve. More information here.

Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation is essential to creating good jobs for Canadians and helping our economy recover from the impact of COVID-19. On October 28, the federal government announced support for innovation and entrepreneurship with the official launch of the Lab2Market (L2M) program. Led by Ryerson University in southern Ontario, L2M gives promising researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and funding to explore their work’s commercial potential. More information here.

The Government of Canada is working to provide continued support to small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them adapt and position their businesses for recovery. On October 26, the Government of Canada announced that as early as October 26, 2020, the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be available to businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account. More information here.

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, the importance of investing in science and research is clearer than ever, which is why on October 26, the federal government announced an investment of more than $20 million to support advances in stem cell and regenerative medicine and support genomics research. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the government has approved over $1 billion in capital projects in education. On October 30, the Ontario government announced more than $62.4 million to build two new secondary schools in Etobicoke. These new buildings will accommodate more than 2,000 students, offering modern classrooms and the latest technology to help ensure the very best learning environment. More information here.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), with the support of the Ontario government, is launching a new Ontario Made Consumer Directory. This guide will make it easier for shoppers to find made-in-Ontario products, while supporting local businesses and manufacturers. By promoting Ontario-made products, this initiative will support good-paying jobs and set the province down the path to further growth, renewal and long-term economic recovery. More information here.

The Ontario government is providing municipalities with $500 million through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The province is maintaining the overall structure of the fund, keeping a commitment made at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual conference in August 2020. he OMPF is the Province’s main general assistance grant, used to support the local priorities and specific needs of 389 municipalities, with a special emphasis on northern and rural communities. More information here.

The Ontario government is providing up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. The funding is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and reinforces the commitment of both the federal and provincial governments to protect the health and well-being of individuals and families during the pandemic. More information here.

On October 27, the Ontario government announced it will provide $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. This investment will help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. The funding is in addition to the $2.8 billion the province is providing in the government’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. More information here.

The Ontario government will release its 2020 Budget on Thursday, November 5, 2020. It will focus on protecting the health and safety of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed supports to families, workers, and employers, and laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and economic recovery. The Budget will build on Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, which was updated this summer to make available a projected $30 billion in response to the global pandemic. More information here.

TORONTO

Following this week’s announcement from the Government of Canada that the City of Toronto will receive $203.3 million through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), today City Council approved Mayor John Tory’s motion directing staff to take the next steps to plan and implement the work needed to move forward. The RHI is delivering $1 billion in grant funding nationally to rapidly create new affordable rental housing in response to the urgent housing needs of vulnerable and marginalized individuals. The creation of new, permanent affordable homes supports the goals outlined in the City’s 24-month COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Plan which accelerates HousingTO 2020-2030, the City’s 10-year housing action plan. More information here.

On October 29, Mayor John Tory launched MoveTO – a City staff action plan to help manage congestion and build a more resilient, modern and safe transportation system. The plan, which will be considered at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting on Thursday, November 5, proposes five key measures that will help make the City’s transportation system more resilient in response to the effects of COVID-19 on Toronto’s overall transportation network. More information here.

Toronto City Council has unanimously approved Mayor John Tory’s key item that will extend its winter patio program to provide more outdoor dining options to support local restaurants this winter and into the spring. Provincial orders currently prohibit indoor dining in Toronto and restaurants need flexibility to find expanded outdoor dining spaces that are safe and meet important accessibility requirements. The successful CaféTO program has been extended and will allow some restaurants to occupy sidewalk space along the curbside, to serve customers and generate revenue. More information here.

Mayor John Tory announced that starting October 26, more than 1,000 local business that have enrolled in Open For Business – the City of Toronto’s collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash – will receive free delivery until November 8. The Ritual ONE app was launched this spring to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales. All flat fee delivery charges will be waived for both customers and local businesses during this two-week period to encourage customers to order directly from local businesses. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Oct 23 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 45,700,234 42,334,795 3,365,439 11,369,915 5,863 33,139,635 1,190,684
United States 9,248,744 8,695,451 553,293 3,022,220 27,888 5,991,902 234,622
India 8,130,040 7,810,405 319,635 589,266 5,872 7,419,175 121,599
Brazil 5,499,875 5,332,634 167,241 386,612 25,814 4,954,159 159,104
Russia 1,599,976 1,480,646 119,330 371,760 10,962 1,200,560 27,656
Spain 1,264,517 1,110,372 154,145 27,042 35,878
United Kingdom 989,745 830,998 158,747 14,554 46,229
Mexico 912,811 874,171 38,640 153,371 7,055 668,667 90,773
Peru 897,594 879,876 17,718 43,515 27,100 819,717 34,362
Italy 647,674 484,869 162,805 325,786 10,717 283,567 38,321
Iran 604,952 556,891 48,061 93,174 7,172 477,300 34,478
Germany 514,115 415,073 99,042 157,909 6,130 345,700 10,506
Chile 508,571 498,906 9,665 9,261 26,529 485,152 14,158
Saudi Arabia 346,880 344,157 2,723 8,088 9,914 333,409 5,383
Canada 230,547 210,881 19,666 27,289 6,091 193,158 10,100
China 85,940 85,747 193      339 60 80,967 4,634
Australia 27,580 27,484 96 1,433 1,077 25,240 907