WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 175,830,873 up from 173,144,691 at 3:30 p.m. on June 4, 2021. Canada now reports 1,399,044 cases, up from 1,388,656 cases of COVID-19 on June 4. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 173,144,691 up from 169,944,872 at 3:30 p.m. on May 28, 2021. Canada now reports 1,388,656 cases, up from 1,372,766 cases of COVID-19 on May 28. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 169,944,872 up from 166,064,212 at 3:30 p.m. on May 21, 2021. Canada now reports 1,372,766 cases, up from 1,347,445 cases of COVID-19 on May 21. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 166,064,212 up from 162,333,626 at 3:30 p.m. on May 14, 2021. Canada now reports 1,347,445 cases, up from 1,316,245 cases of COVID-19 on May 14. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 162,333,626 up from 157,343,045 at 3:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021. Canada now reports 1,316,245 cases, up from 1,270,138 cases of COVID-19 on May 7. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 157,343,045 up from 151,825,784 at 3:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021. Canada now reports 1,270,138 cases, up from 1,216,089 cases of COVID-19 on April 30. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 151,825,784 up from 145,922,561 at 3:30 p.m. on April 30, 2021. Canada now reports 1,216,089 cases, up from 1,161,439 cases of COVID-19 on April 23. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 145,922,561 up from 140,258,547 at 3:30 p.m. on April 23, 2021. Canada now reports 1,161,439 cases, up from 1,041,946 cases of COVID-19 on April 16. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 140,258,547 up from 134,994,471 at 3:30 p.m. on April 16, 2021. Canada now reports 1,041,946 cases, up from 1,041,946 cases of COVID-19 on April 9. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 134,994,471 up from 129,652,557 at 3:30 p.m. on April 9, 2021. Canada now reports 1,041,946 cases, up from 982,116 cases of COVID-19 on April 1. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 129,652,557 up from 126,438,474 at 11:00 a.m. on April 1, 2021. Canada now reports 982,116 cases, up from 954,687 cases of COVID-19 on April 1. Ontario reports […]
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 126,438,474 up from 122,666,869 at 3:30 p.m. on March 26, 2021. Canada now reports 954,687 cases, up from 870,978 cases of COVID-19 on March 26. Ontario reports […]
On March 18, the Federal and Provincial Canada and Ontario announced the support for research projects to increase capacity and productivity in the horticultural sector through a more than $330,000 investment in in the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC). The Ontario government announced funding for colleges and universities with $106.4 million investment to help address the financial impact of COVID-19 on the postsecondary sector. The City of Toronto received direction from the Province of Ontario to expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals born in 1946 and earlier as of Monday, March 22.
On March 8, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $11 million through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program to help more than 650 young women get the support and skills training they need to find good jobs. On March 12, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving three public health regions to new levels in the revised and strengthened Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Lambton Public Health into Grey-Lockdown. On March 11, as part of the City’s efforts to ensure every resident in every corner of Toronto can access a vaccine, the City has released a call for proposals for $5.5 million in funding to Toronto’s community services sector who will act as local lead agencies for vaccination efforts across 140 neighbourhoods.
Health Canada authorized the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Janssen Inc. The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is transitioning Toronto, Peel and North Bay Parry Sound District public health regions out of the shutdown, with the Stay-at-Home order no longer in effect. On March 3, the Province of Ontario, in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, is considering moving Toronto from the Shutdown Zone of the provincial Lockdown Regulation into the Grey Zone under the provincial COVID-19 response framework on Monday, March 8, 2021.
The Government of Canada has Canada’s authorized the AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 COVID-19 vaccine, Canada has secured 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement with Verity Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc./Serum Institute of India. On February 25, the Ontario Government announced joint funding to support three culture and recreation infrastructure improvement projects in the City of Hamilton. The City of Toronto extended the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted major outdoor events to July 1, including Canada Day parades, festivals and fireworks.
Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the Government of Canada’s intent to introduce regulatory and legislative amendments to increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the CRB, CRSB, CRCB and EI regular benefits. The Ontario government has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to Phase One priority populations, which now includes adults 80 years of age and older. Today, the City of Toronto’s Immunization Task Force continues to prepare for the launch of City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics while waiting for vaccine supply and direction from the Province of Ontario to restart clinic operations.
The Government of Canada continues to work to ensure that Canadians have access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Based on the successful use of rapid tests in select settings across the province, the Ontario government is deploying test kits to more essential workplaces and sectors in order to quickly identify and help stop the spread of COVID-19. On February 11, following the Board of Health decision on January 18, 2021, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will increase reporting of active COVID-19 outbreaks at local workplaces.
On February 2, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, highlighted investments to build Canada’s biomanufacturing capacity and talked about the next steps in Canada’s immediate response to COVID-19. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued a statement in response to the monthly employment release by Statistics Canada, and Toronto City Council unanimously approved a bigger and better CaféTO program to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the City’s ongoing pandemic response.
Today, the Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel, in addition to the multi-layered approach on COVID-19 already in place. Ontario is set to make testing mandatory upon arrival for all incoming international travelers to the country’s largest airport in a bid to control the faster-spreading coronavirus variants. The City of Toronto Executive Committee is considering a report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic.
The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government is investing $72 million over three years as part of the Sectoral Initiatives Program’s existing funding. On January 22, the Ontario government announced it has received more than 42,000 applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Businesses that have been approved can expect to receive payment within about 10 business days. On January 20, Mayor John Tory endorsed a new City of Toronto report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said today that global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will temporarily reduce shipments of its vaccine to Canada, further complicating the slow rollout of doses. The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Toronto Public Health (TPH), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is announcing the expansion of the case and contact management component of the City’s COVID-19 response.
On January 6, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada, and provided additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31. The Ontario government is also launching a new innovative, voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto Pearson International Airport for eligible international travellers returning to Ontario to help quickly identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 71,502,915 up from 69,281,963 at 3:30 p.m. on December 11, 2020. Canada now reports 488,638 cases, up from 442,069 cases of COVID-19 on December 11. Ontario reports […]
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will be covering the cost of COVID-19 vaccines for Canadians., and the Ontario government has developed a three-phase implementation plan to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians as soon as they are received.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced the expansion of the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA). 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. 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 federal government announced $6.5 million funding over 16 months for Peel Public Health to establish a safe, voluntary isolation site. The Ontario government is providing $13.6 million to enable school boards to hire more teachers and staff in regions recently moved to the Red-Control level and providing stabilization funding for school boards, if needed. The City of Toronto will re-open registration for CurbTO temporary parking pick-up zones to help support main street businesses.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that Canada’s future hangs in the balance if people don’t reduce their contacts to rein in the spread of COVID-19. The province of Ontario is moving certain public health unit regions to new levels in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, which includes moving Toronto and Peel into Lockdown.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced the details of an investment of $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories. The Ontario government is taking immediate action to respond to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and is updating the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, by lowering the thresholds for each level in the framework. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14.
The Government of Canada announced that it is providing over $155 million to extend the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Innovation Assistance Program (IRAP IAP). Earlier this week the province announced its plans to move Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Mayor John Tory announced that, 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 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 travelers. The Ontario government is providing municipalities with $500 million through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), and following this week’s announcement from Ottawa that Toronto will receive $203.3 million through the Rapid Housing Initiative, City Council directed staff to take the next steps to plan and implement the work needed to move forward.
The federal government announced an investment of up to $173 million through the Strategic Innovation Fund to support Canada’s response to COVID-19 and future preparedness. The Ontario government announce it is introducing a package of legislative and policy measures that would, if passed, accelerate the building of key infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the foundation for a strong economic recovery.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the launch of two challenges through the Innovative Solutions Canada program to make PPE more compostable and recyclable. The Ontario government is introducing additional health measures for York Region, and Toronto is extending its partnership with Ritual to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales.
The federal government announced targeted aid for businesses hit by closures as a second wave of COVID-19 hits parts of the country. The province announced that Ontario is imposing stricter measures in three major areas including Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa. Effective Tuesday, October 13, the City of Toronto will be temporarily closing certain recreation programs and services.
Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the Government will refresh the Canada Brand platform to ensure industry and partners have access to new graphics and tools optimized for today’s digital platforms. Ontario is introducing a number of stricter public health measures, as the province reports record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, recommended stronger measures to reduce the further spread of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. The Ontario government announced it will invest $1.9 million to help more than 2,000 students, underemployed adults, Indigenous community members and other Northern Ontario workers learn the skills they need to find new, better jobs.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. The Ontario government announced that pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 tests to people who aren’t experiencing symptoms of the virus as part of its fall preparedness plan. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto extended the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31.
Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants, and Premier Doug Ford pressed the federal government to lay out a plan to fund provincial priorities.
The federal government confirmed that Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border, and Premier Doug Ford joined his fellow Premiers to press the federal government on critical priorities for their respective provinces.
Today, the Government of Canada, announced an investment in nine small businesses across Canada that are using innovative solutions to tackle climate change, support well-paying jobs and create a more sustainable future. The Ontario government announced it will lower the limits on social gatherings, and the City of Toronto issued its COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan.
On September 11, the Government of Canada and Mayor John Tory announced $13.9 million in funding over 12 months for Toronto Public Health to establish a voluntary self-isolation centre. The centre, located in Toronto, will have approximately 140 rooms to provide a safe venue for voluntary self-isolation.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $11.5 million in mental health funding for organizations across the country to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities, and to tackle systemic challenges and barriers, including those faced by Black Canadians.
Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for September.
Today, the Canadian government announced several initial projects funded under the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund. The Emergency Processing Fund is focused on projects to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities.
On August 31, Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, City Manager Chris Murray and City Councillor and Chair of Toronto Board of Health Joe Cressy, presented the City’s COVID-19 Resurgence Plan, which outlines priorities and associated actions that the City will implement in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.
The Ontario Government is investing $43 million in expanded youth training programs to give young people exposure to more employment options. The programs will help increase awareness and encourage youth to acquire the skills that will start them down the path to lifelong success while supporting Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced up to $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund. This will provide the complementary funding they need, as they work alongside local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year.
To help support workers and provide certainty for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government proposes to extend the current treatment of furloughed employees under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program by 4 weeks – from August 30 to September 26.
WHAT TO KNOW Global COVID-19 cases have reached 22,704,949, up from 21,896,155 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Canada now reports 123,873 cases, up from 123,154 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 41,179 cases, up […]
Today, Mayor John Tory announced another expansion of the Digital Main Street program, as two new funding partners have joined the program and additional initiatives have been launched that will focus on helping businesses in Toronto and across Ontario embrace technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, announced that the Canada Revenue Agency has opened applications for Period 5 – the first period of the enhanced CEWS program.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19 (Canada’s Flight Plan), which is the foundation for Canada’s current and future efforts to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while travelling by aircraft.
Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an additional $305 million to support Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Indigenous Community Support Fund.
Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced that effective August 9, 2020, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% will be applied temporarily for all EI economic regions across Canada.
On August 5, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced new steps to help provinces and territories deal with the pressures brought on by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
On July 31, the Ontario Government, in partnership with the federal government, extended the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August.
Today, the Government of Canada announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August.
On July 27, Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received Royal Assent, ensuring that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off.
Today, the Government of Canada provided more details on additional funding to support health priorities and address Canadians’ immediate needs. The Government of Canada will provide $4.28 billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity, and the associated data management and information sharing systems.
On July 23, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that up to $2 billion in federal funding will be made available to cities and towns across Canada. The funding will support front line workers and critical municipal services as we keep people safe during the economic restart.
To provide support for Canadian workers, businesses and persons with disabilities, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, on July 20.
Today, The Government of Canada pledged to invest over $361,000 in eight new projects in Ontario communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
Today, the Government of Canada announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better-targeted support so that more workers can return to their jobs quickly as the economy restarts.
Following a conversation between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump on Monday, the Government of Canada announced another 30-day extension of the Canada-U.S. border closure taking it into August.
This morning Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended until December.
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.
Today, the Government of Canada presented an economic and fiscal snapshot following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is temporarily reducing service hours at additional land, air, and marine ports of entry (POE) in addition to deferring seasonal opening hours at select POEs.
On June 30, the Government of Canada announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to cover eligible small business rents for July.
Today, the GST/HST and customs duty payment deferral program has officially ended. The program was announced in March by the government of Canada to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports to support Canadians and businesses facing challenges as a result of the COVID-19.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain valuable experience at the same time.
Yesterday, Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees.
Responding to a letter by CEOs in the travel, tourism and related industries calling for Canada to begin in a “measured” way to reopen the country to tourism, Prime Minister Trudeau said Canadian’s health and safety will continue to be the priority.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada, or travellers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations will be required.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Communitech, Invest Ottawa and the Toronto Region Board of Trade will receive a combined $50 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) investment through FedDev Ontario.
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, announced that the Government of Canada has partnered with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely.
Today, the Government of Canada launched a new web hub to bring together available resources for organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE).
Canada Border Services Agency announced that as of June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their twelfth weekly call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR).
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced he is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system, to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains announced the names of nine business leaders who will join Monique Leroux on the new and recently announced Industry Strategy Council.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities as quickly as possible while respecting public health guidelines.
To provide temporary relief to sponsors of federally regulated, defined benefit pension plans, on April 15, 2020 the government announced a moratorium on solvency special payments.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, will convene world leaders and international organizations today in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate the global response to COVID-19.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, has authorized changes for a more flexible process for clinical trials related to COVID-19, without compromising the safety of participants or the reliability of trials’ findings.
The Department of National Defence announced the first of a series of calls for innovations aimed at addressing some of the key challenges Canada is facing.
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng announced that the Government of Canada will support the launch of a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service.
Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to help residents determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs.