COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 17, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Globally there are 2,173,432 cases of COVID-19, up from 2,101,164 yesterday. Canada is now reporting 31,642 cases, up from 29,925 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. As Global News reports, Canada is flattening its curve with all provinces trending in the right direction. Ontario is now reporting 9,525 cases, up from 8,961 cases up yesterday. The province has now tested 136,992 individuals and reports 5,993 tests are currently under investigation. More information here. The City of Toronto

FEDERAL

During his daily briefing, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a range of measures aimed to help specific sectors of the economy and regions hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Among the initiatives announced today, the government will:

  • The federal government will help small businesses in rural areas access funds through $962 million to regional development agencies
  • Provide $270 million to Futurpreneur and the Industrial Research Assistance Program to support innovators and other early stage development firms that don’t qualify for the wage subsidy
  • Support workers in the arts, culture, and sports sectors by providing $500 million to Heritage Canada
  • The government will spend $1.7 billion to clean up orphan wells in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan
  • Support at-risk medium-sized energy companies by expanding credit support

The Prime Minister also said to date, 220,000 loans worth $8.8 billion have been approved and more than 7.5 million payments have been made through Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The government will publish the latest CERB figures on its open data portal three times per week.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government is enabling auto insurance companies to provide temporary insurance premium rebates to drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The province has amended a regulation under the Insurance Act to help ease the financial pressure on working people and families during this public health crisis. More information here.

 

Premier Ford announced that the government is also expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care. An emergency order was issued which will offer support to those providing a variety of critical services including people who assist vulnerable communities, emergency response and law enforcement sector staff, more health and safety workers, and certain federal employees. More information here.

 

Premier Ford also told reporters that Finance Minister Rod Phillips is working on an assistance plan for municipalities, but did not provide further details.

 

TORONTO

This morning Mayor Tory told CP24 that the city will hold an important meeting over the weekend with City staff to discuss how to reopen businesses and city services. More information here.

This afternoon the Mayor provided an update on the City’s fiscal position. The City projects an operating shortfall of up to $2.76 billion, with a best-case scenario of $1.5 billion based in a three-month lockdown followed by a six-month recovery. The city estimates it has been losing around $65 million per week during the crisis, including a $20 million drop in TTC fares.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases yesterday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 2,214,861 2,101,164 113,697 284.84 564,525 150,948
Canada 31,642 29,925 1,717 833.14 10,340 1,310
United States 689,588 657,720 31,868 2,092.47 57,015 36,097
China 82,692 82,341 351 58.98 76,979 4,632
India 13,835 12,759 1,076 10.17 1,767 452
Italy 172,434 168,941 3,493 2,862.29 42,727 22,745
Spain 188,093 182,816 5,277 3,993.45 72,963 19,613
Germany 138,498 135,549 2,949 1,665.65 66,500 4,194
United Kingdom 108,692 103,093 5,599 1,636.05 14,576
Brazil 30,961 29,214 1,747 146.5 14,026 1,956
Chile 9,252 8,807 445 484.21 3,621 116
Iran 79,494 77,995 1,499 953.95 54,064 4,958
Australia 6,522 6,468 54 254.12 3,747 65