COVID-19 Government and International Response: July 10, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 12,245,417, up from 11,801,805 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Canada now reports 106,805 cases, up from 106,366 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 36,464 cases, up from 36,178 cases on Wednesday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 116 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 32,155 have been resolved (88.2%) and there have been 2,710 deaths (7.4%). The province has now completed 1,636,171 tests and reports 25,668 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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, official languages minority communities (OLMCs) have experienced revenue reductions and financial hardship. On July 9, the Government of Canada announced a $4.5-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) investment in three not-for-profit organizations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations across southern Ontario. These organizations will provide non-repayable contributions as follows:

  • l’Assemblée de francophonie de l’Ontario and the Prescott Russell Community Development Corporation (CDC) will receive a combined contribution of $3 million to deliver funding to OLMC SMEs and community organizations with an economic focus, including social enterprises and not-for-profit cooperatives
  • $1.5 million investment for Societé Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) to deliver targeted technical advisory services to OLMC businesses and cooperatives across southern Ontario

More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario Government launched the Ontario Made program from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). This program will promote goods that are made across the province by helping consumers easily identify, access and purchase local products. Funding for Ontario Made is made possible through the $50 million Ontario Together Fund launched on April 1. This funding will be used to help retailers and consumers identify local products by:

  • Creating a new Ontario Made logo that manufacturers can use to help consumers identify their made-in-Ontario products
  • Launching a new SupportOntarioMade.ca website that will connect consumers and supply chain partners to manufacturers of made-in-Ontario products
  • Promoting Ontario Made through a digital newsletter

More information here.

On July 9, the government of Ontario extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work. More information here.

The Ontario government is expanding access to reliable broadband and cellular service in underserved and unserved parts of the province. The application intake for the $150 million Improving Connectivity for Ontario program (ICON) opened on July 9. This funding will help drive economic investment and job creation across the province while allowing more people to work from home more efficiently, engage in online learning, and connect with family and friends. More information here.

The Ontario government is seeking advice and input from people and organizations on modernizing Ontario’s Capital Markets and supporting economic growth and job creation with the posting of the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce initial consultation report. The report outlines key stakeholder findings and more than 47 policy proposals to modernize the province’s capital markets. More information here.

TORONTO

As part of Toronto’s CaféTO, The City of Toronto has requested and now received a new Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) from the Province of Ontario that will help ease zoning restrictions on outdoor patios while allowing for expanded patios on private property, including parking areas. The MZO provides more opportunities for restaurants and bars to respond to physical distancing requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing the amount of outdoor space for customers. It will allow more restaurants in Toronto to use more available outdoor space to generate revenue this summer. The MZO will expire on November 16 to coincide with the end of the CaféTO program. More information here.

The City of Toronto has launched a new online Business Licences & Permits Application so businesses can apply for new licences and permits virtually. The new application process allows business owners or operators requiring new licences or permits to fill out an application, submit documentation, and complete payment in one online space. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 12,509,497 12,058,838 450,659 4,657,573 1,605 7,292,230 559,694
United States 3,254,822 3,123,282 131,540 1,680,811 9,832 1,437,774 136,237
Brazil 1,768,970 1,683,738 85,232 513,968 8,321 1,185,596 69,406
India 821,493 769,041 52,452 283,143 595 516,206 22,144
Russia 713,936 700,792 13,144 213,851 4,892 489,068 11,017
Peru 316,448 309,278 7,170 97,332 9,595 207,802 11,314
Chile 309,274 303,083 6,191 24,440 16,175 278,053 6,781
Spain 300,988 299,593 1,395 6,438 28,403
United Kingdom 288,133 286,979 1,154 4,244 44,650
Mexico 282,283 268,008 14,275 76,527 2,189 172,230 33,526
Iran 252,720 248,379 4,341 25,258 3,008 215,015 12,447
Italy 242,639 242,149 490 13,428 4,013 194,273 34,938
Saudi Arabia 226,486 220,144 6,342 61,309 6,504 163,026 2,151
Germany 199,335 198,703 632 6,207 2,379 184,000 9,128
Canada 107,021 106,366 655 27,450 2,818 2,835 8,759
China 83,585 83,572 13 342 58 78,609 4,634
Australia 9,359 8,886 473 1,677 367 7,576 106