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


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 26,334,989, up from 25,775,905 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Canada now reports 130,493 cases, up from 129,425 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 42,834 cases, up from 42,554 cases on Wednesday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 148 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 38,741 have been resolved (90.4%) and there have been 2,811 deaths (6.6%). The province has now completed 3,068,781 tests and reports 25,945 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.


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. More information here.

As we gradually and safely restart our economy, parents should be able to return to work and trust that their children are learning in a healthy environment. Today, The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, announced up to $763.34 million in support for Ontario through the Safe Return to Class Fund. This will provide the funding they need, as they work alongside local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year. More information here.

On September 3, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects are funded through an investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). Organizations will receive up to $25,000 in funding to offer immediate COVID-19 relief or recovery activities to seniors. More information here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit women hardest with jobs lost and women taking on more unpaid work than they already were for their kids as well as their elders. On September 3, the Government of Canada, announced an investment of $213,350 for the Yellow Brick House. The funding will enhance their organizational capacity so they can continue their important work of supporting abused women and their children, and promoting social and systemic change in Richmond Hill and Ontario’s York Region. More information here.


To provide support for working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario announced (on September 3) an additional investment through the one-year Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (ELCC) of nearly $147 million to Ontario for 2020-21. More information here.

On September 3, the Ontario Government said it is helping to protect jobs and businesses by extending protection to prevent temporary layoffs from automatically becoming permanent job losses. Although Ontario is now in Phase 3 of reopening, this extension will give businesses more time to reopen and return to full operations. This extension will last until January 2, 2021. More information here.

On September 3, the Ontario Government announced it is providing $37 million to help more than 15,000 people train for new jobs and upgrade their skills to enable them to contribute to the province’s economic recovery. The funding will support 86 projects and provide training in high-demand skills like information technology, advanced manufacturing, truck driving, construction, and horticulture. More information here.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Québec Premier François Legault will convene their first-ever Ontario-Québec Summit to advance shared priorities on economic recovery and health preparedness, issues important to the people of the two provinces. The summit will take place on September 8 and September 9, 2020 in Mississauga. More information here.


Since mid-March, the City of Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City highlights the top accomplishments this summer that have helped to support the recovery and rebuild of the city. Some accomplishments include:

  • Creating more than 9,000 metres of new patio space through CaféTO across the city
  • Reopening 22 City-operated child care centres this summer to provide care for 670 children
  • Delivering summer day camps and summer day programs and activities in parks and recreation centres across the city

More information here.

A City of Toronto staff report going before the General Government and Licensing Committee on September 14 provides an update on the ongoing Union Station Revitalization Project and the impact of COVID-19 as the City and partners continue to work toward project completion this year. The report notes earlier contractor performance issues and the recent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic – including physical distancing requirements and limited construction crews – have caused delays in opening additional retail space and completing Bay Concourse renovations. More information here.


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 26,656,072 26,075,369 580,703 6,997,046 3,420 18,782,858 876,168
United States 6,359,613 6,274,487 85,126 2,583,925 19,193 3,584,207 191,481
Brazil 4,054,474 3,961,502 92,972 681,942 19,051 3,247,610 124,922
India 4,014,744 3,848,968 165,776 843,885 2,904 3,101,245 69,614
Russia 1,015,105 1,005,000 10,105 164,709 6,955 832,747 17,649
Peru 670,145 657,129 13,016 150,854 20,276 489,886 29,405
Mexico 616,894 606,036 10,858 120,278 4,776 430,287 66,329
Spain 498,989 479,554 19,435 10,672 29,418
Chile 418,469 414,739 3,730 15,727 21,858 391,248 11,494
Iran 382,772 378,752 4,020 30,420 4,547 330,308 22,044
United Kingdom 342,351 338,676 3,675 5,038 41,537
Saudi Arabia 319,141 317,486 1,655 20,063 9,142 295,063 4,015
Italy 274,644 271,515 3,129 30,099 4,544 209,027 35,518
Germany 249,569 246,893 2,676 15,569 2,977 224,600 9,400
Canada 130,825 129,691 1,134 6,015 3,461 115,669 9,141
China 85,102 85,066 36 205 59 80,263 4,634
Australia 26,136 25,923 213 3,230 1,023 22,169 737