COVID-19 Government and International Response: December 4, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 66,051,260up from 61,680,554 at 3:30 p.m. on
December 4, 2020. Canada now reports 400,023 cases, up from 353,097 cases of COVID-19 on December 4. Ontario reports 123,526 cases, up from 111,216 cases on December 4.

The Province reports 1,780 (1.5%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 104,792 have been resolved (84.8%) and there have been 3,737 deaths (3.0%). The province has now completed 6,462,656 tests and reports 62,403 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 COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the critical role that personal support workers play in our healthcare system.  The shortage of personal support workers has been growing in recent years and has significantly increased with the current pandemic. That is why today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced $23.2 million in funding for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to develop and implement an accelerated online program to train approximately 4,000 new personal support worker interns. More information here.

Since the spring, the Canada Emergency Business Account has helped almost 800,000 small businesses and not-for-profits in Canada. Today the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced the expansion of the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA). Starting on Friday, December 4, 2020, eligible businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses. More information here.

The Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, joined by Member of Parliament for Parkdale—High Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Arif Virani, spoke with members of the Toronto Region Board of Trade about proposed investments in Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020. During the meeting, Minister Fortier discussed how the government will continue to protect Canadians’ health, jobs, and the economy. Additionally, between December 1-3, Minister Fortier met with the Ontario Chamber of commerce, the Ottawa Board of Trade, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and economic stakeholders in Quebec. More information here.

Finding immediate and long-term solutions to protect vulnerable older adult populations against the virus and ensuring safe and healthy care settings for those who live and work in them are crucial in the fight against the novel coronavirus. To help ensure these efforts are informed by the best available scientific evidence, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced today an additional investment of more than $1.8 million to fund 14 Implementation Science Teams of researchers from across Canada. More information here.

On December 2, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, introduced Bill C-14, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures. Bill C-14 is an essential step to implement measures from the Fall Economic Statement that would provide assistance to families with young children, support students, and invest in resources to protect the health and safety of Canadians. More information here.

On November 30, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020. This plan will continue to protect Canadians’ health, jobs, and the economy. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement regarding today’s monthly employment release by Statistics Canada:

“Employment in Ontario increased by 36,600 in November, including 1,700 in the manufacturing sector, marking the sixth straight month of overall employment gains. During this period, employment increased by more than 905,000, including 13,200 more men and women working in the manufacturing sector than pre-COVID. However, we know that people all across this province continue to struggle during this challenging period, and that not every worker is back on the job. Now more than ever, we must continue to support small business and families as we plan for our economic recovery.  More information here.

The Ontario government is investing $20 million to help small businesses jointly sponsor and train apprentices through the new Group Sponsorship Grant program, increasing the number of people training and working in the skilled trades. The program will reduce pressure on any one employer to see an apprentice through to completion of training and provide apprentices with the support needed to become a registered journeyperson. More information here.

The Ontario government announced the appointment of nine members of the new Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. The task force, chaired by General (retired) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces, will oversee the delivery, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The task force will work in partnership with several ministries to provide the government with diverse expertise in operations and logistics, federal-provincial and Indigenous relations, health and clinical domains, behavioural science, public health and immunization, ethics, and information technology and data. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing nearly $4.4 million to support the long-term sustainability of the province’s vital tourism industry. This funding will help deliver innovative, safe experiences, like virtual festivals and events, and support tourism operators as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing more than $115 million to support 850 patients across the province with high, complex care needs access services in the comfort of their own homes, while also expanding virtual care options for patients across the province. This funding is part of the province’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, which will enable the province to respond to future surges and waves of the virus, while preserving hospital capacity. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing $550,000 to help local manufacturers retool their operations and increase capacity in the manufacturing of masks for both adults and children. These initiatives will help keep the province safe by making Ontario self-sufficient in the production of critical PPE. Funding is being provided through the Ontario Together Fund. More information here.

The Ontario government is again providing financial relief for families facing new education-related expenses in the COVID-19 era with support totalling $380 million. Starting November 30, parents or guardians residing in Ontario can complete a simple online application through the Support for Learners web page. The new Support for Learners program will provide direct one-time payments to help offset additional learning costs, whether their children attend school in person, online or a mix of both. More information here.

The Ontario government is launching a virtual mission to India in December to continue to promote the province as a premier destination for international investment and create new opportunities for Ontario businesses. Led by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, this mission builds off the success of the province’s mission to India a year ago, which resulted in nearly 150 business-to-business meetings that brought Ontario companies in direct contact with Indian businesses to explore new partnerships. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, Toronto Public Health updated their COVID-19 school screening tool to further prevent opportunities for virus spread. The updated screening tool includes a new requirement that if a student has even one COVID-19 symptom, they must stay home, self-isolate and get tested; and if they live with siblings in the same household, they must all self-isolate. The changes made to the tool were based on our findings from COVID-19 case and outbreak investigations in schools in Toronto. More information here.

On December 3, the City of Toronto announced the St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market will resume full operations so it can provide essential food retail to residents. The City of Toronto has reviewed the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework for areas in Grey – Lockdown as it applies to the Saturday-only Farmers Market. The provision of fresh food to the community has positive health benefits, especially during the circumstances of Lockdown. More information here.

On Giving Tuesday, the City of Toronto extended its sincere thanks to all the gracious residents and businesses who have donated gifts, goods and services to help support Toronto’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. December 1 marked the first day of the City’s “12 Days of Giving” social media campaign, where the City will use its Twitter account to highlight a different way people can give on each of the next 12 days. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Nov 27 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 66,051,260 61,680,263 4,370,997 18,822,342 8,474 45,652,023 1,520,346
United States 14,700,916 13,295,263 1,405,653 5,792,037 44,303 8,580,911 284,750
India 9,606,810 9,325,786 281,024 410,442 6,933 9,056,668 139,700
Brazil 6,496,050 6,209,404 286,646 595,608 30,469 5,725,010 175,432
Russia 2,402,949 2,215,533 187,416 472,021 16,463 1,88,752 42,176
Spain 1,699,145 1,646,192 52,953 36,336 46,252
United Kingdom 1,690,432 1,589,301 101,131 24,846 60,617
Italy 1,688,939 1,538,217 150,722 757,702 27,952 872,385 58,852
Germany 1,146,641 1,013,582 133,059 307,473 13,652 820,600 18,568
Mexico 1,144,643 1,078,594 66,049 193,239 8,839 843,231 108,173
Iran 1,016,835 922,397 94,438 259,034 12,041 708,106 49,695
Peru 968,846 956,347 12,499 31,198 29,212 901,544 36,104
Chile 557,135 547,223 9,912 10,034 29,039 531,543 15,558
Canada 400,023 354,952 45,071 69,532 10,560 317,571 12,470
Saudi Arabia 358,336 356,691 1,645 4,158 10,226 348,238 5,940
China 86,584 86,495 89     271 60 81,679 4,634
Australia 27,949 27,873 76 1,412 1,091 25,629 908