WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 49,479,380, up from 45,119,899 at 3:30 p.m. on October 30, 2020. Canada now reports 253,178 cases, up from 228,542 cases of COVID-19 on October 30. Ontario reports 81,693 cases, up from 74,715 cases on October 30.
The Province reports 1,003 (1.2%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 70,086 have been resolved (85.8%) and there have been 3,209 deaths (3.9%). The province has now completed 5,305,836 tests and reports 47,074 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, wrapped up two successful virtual trade missions to South Korea that included more than 200 Canadian small businesses and entrepreneurs. During both missions, Minister Ng celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and highlighted its benefits and advantages, including how it has created opportunities for Canadians and Koreans alike. More information here.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced the Government of Canada is providing over $155 million to extend the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program’s (NRC IRAP) Innovation Assistance Program (IRAP IAP). The new funding announced today will ensure that Canada’s high-potential, innovative firms can continue to weather the economic storm of COVID‑19. More information here.
On November 3, 2020, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced new actions to help Canadian businesses grow while navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada launched the CanExport SMEs program has helped thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs break into new international markets with funding of up to cover travel costs and other expenses. With international travel restricted due to COVID-19, the program is pivoting in its support. More information here.
On November 3, 2020, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, met virtually with Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce and Investment to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Canada’s export diversification strategy includes broadening its trade ties with Asian nations such as Pakistan. Minister Ng and Advisor Dawood discussed the importance of improving the flow of trade between Canada and Pakistan, especially in the context of the global economic recovery from COVID-19. More information here.
The Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, participated in a discussion hosted by Canada 2020. Minister Fortier highlighted the programs put in place to support Canadians and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Government’s plan build back better once the virus is defeated. This fall, the Government will release an update to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to outline Canada’s economic and fiscal position, and set out new measures that will help build a stronger, more resilient Canada. More information here.
Following the announcement on October 2, 2020, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, is announcing a non-repayable contribution of $23.3 million for SADCs and CAEs under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). This assistance will enable businesses to access resources to get through this crisis and be ready to rebound during the economic recovery. More information here.
As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers are required to provide specific information upon and after entry into Canada. This includes requirements to provide a quarantine plan and contact and travel information. The Government of Canada introduced ArriveCAN in April 2020 to create a secure and user-friendly way to help travellers comply with these border measures. ArriveCAN is available as a mobile app or by signing in online. More information here.
The government is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 2, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, introduced Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), which would implement new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses. These measures are designed to help businesses get through the second wave of the virus so they can protect jobs, continue to serve their communities, and be positioned for a strong recovery. More information here.
Earlier this week the province announced its plans to move Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. More information here.
The Ontario government is investing nearly $45 million to create up to 254 more beds in hospitals and alternative health facilities in Ottawa, including nearly $18 million to address ambulance offload times in Ottawa and the hiring of more frontline staff. This is part of the government’s $15.2 billion investment in health care announced in the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. The first pillar of the Action Plan ― Protect ― outlines how the province is protecting people during the COVID-19 pandemic by improving access to care and reducing surgical backlogs. More information here.
On November 5, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover — the next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Ontario’s Action Plan now sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province. More information here.
The Ontario government is making a historic investment of nearly $1 billion over six years to improve and expand broadband and cellular access across the province. The $680 million being announced today is on top of the $315 million to support Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. This funding will be used for shovel-ready projects starting in 2019-20, will create jobs, and connect unserved and underserved communities during COVID-19 and beyond. More information here.
On November 3, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. It ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care. More information here.
Mayor John Tory proclaimed November 5 to 11 as Remembrance Week in Toronto. This year, Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually in keeping with public health advice against in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Toronto encourages the public to observe this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations virtually at home or at work. More information here.
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