MPP Piccini Brings Together Local Leaders in Response to COVID-19Published on March 17, 2020
PORT HOPE, ON - Today, Member of Provincial Parliament David Piccini & Member of Parliament Philip Lawrence hosted a teleconference with local mayors, health care professionals and chambers of commerce to discuss the COVID-19 virus and supports various levels of government can provide our community during these trying times.
All levels of Government are united in ensuring the necessary resources are in place to protect peoples’ health and our economy in Ontario and throughout Canada. “By establishing an open dialogue with all levels of Government at our local level, we will ensure the needs of our community are reflected in broader provincial and national action,” said local MPP David Piccini.
This morning, Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency and an initial investment of $300 million to support immediate measures to protect seniors, the most vulnerable and the broader health of Ontarians. By declaring a provincial emergency, it establishes Ontario’s ability to quickly implement and enforce orders to prevent, reduce or mitigate serious harm to persons. Ontario has already announced that the government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures.
“In response to COVID-19, Ontario has taken decisive action to protect the safety and security of Ontarians,” said MPP Piccini. “Our Government stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ontario during these difficult times and we are calling on the federal government for additional assistance to establish a loan program to support businesses and EI reforms to expand eligibility to support workers.”
On the call, was President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Rocco Rossi who spoke to the chamber’s business preparedness tool and additional measures government can take to support affected small business. Local chambers of commerce spoke to business surveys launched and municipal tax deferrals they have asked for during these challenging times.
“I applaud MPP Piccini’s leadership in bringing together local businesses, government and community leaders,” said MP Philip Lawrence. “It is through these and other collaborative efforts that will slow the spread and flatten the curve. I would continue to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to take all steps necessary to protect Canadians and support our workers and businesses.”
- Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
- $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
- $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
- $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
- $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
- $50 million for long-term care homes to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
- $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
- $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
- $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.
- The increased funding includes investments from Ontario’s previously-announced COVID-19 Contingency Fund, as well as funding provided by the federal government.
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
- There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. To find out more visit Ontario's website.
- Visit Ontario's websiteto learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
- Learn about travel advisoriesrelated to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
- If you are a health care professional, learn how to protect yourself and your patients by reading our guidance documents.
- For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)