COVID-19 Government and International Response: September 21, 2020


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 31,090,773, up from 30,213,800 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Canada now reports 143,649 cases, up from 140,867 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 47,274 cases, up from 46,077 cases on Friday.

The Province reports 425 (0.9%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 41,146 have been resolved (87.0%) and there have been 2,829 deaths (6.0%). The province has now completed 3,580,343 tests and reports 32,489 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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


As Canada continues to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the work of Canadian researchers is key to building a healthy, more resilient and prosperous country. Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $4 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants, to support 172 projects and almost 600 researchers working with businesses and community partners from across Canada. More information here.

As the economy reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Government of Canada is committed to innovation and to building a clean energy future. The federal government announced an investment of $1,716,469 to the CSA Group, a Toronto-based organization that develops standards to address emerging technologies and issues in the public and private sectors. The funding will support a project to research, develop, adapt and update codes and standards for electric and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. More information here.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has been working with suppliers in Canada and internationally to aggressively purchase much-needed personal protective equipment and medical supplies to meet Canada’s urgent needs as quickly as possible. Today, it was announced that the Government of Canada signed contracts with 7 Indigenous companies that participated in a process limited to businesses led or owned by Indigenous individuals. These contracts, worth approximately $2.5 million in total, will provide 15 million disposable masks for the Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR). More information here.

COVID-19 has magnified systemic issues and longstanding inequalities, and the Government of Canada is working hard to provide equal opportunities for all Canadians. On September 18, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, held a virtual roundtable discussion with women entrepreneurs from across Canada’s agricultural food chain, focussing on the opportunities and challenges that exist for them in the agriculture and agri-food sector. More information here.


Premier Doug Ford is pressing the federal government to immediately lay out a plan to fund provincial priorities, including responding to future waves and surges of COVID-19, strengthening health and long-term care, increasing testing and quarantine enforcement at the border. The Premier was joined today by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in calling for an increase to the Canada Health Transfer to cover at least 35 per cent of provincial-territorial health spending starting this year. More information here.

The Ontario government is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. Earlier this week, the government imposed these restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa. More information here.

The Ontario government is committing nearly $1 million in cost-share funding to help rural communities diversify their economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs. On September 18, details about the funding were released by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which is being provided through a new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development program (RED). More information here.


Starting September 19, residents can participate in StrollTO, part of the City of Toronto’s ShowLoveTO initiative. StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City’s 25 wards to encourage residents to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets. ShowLoveTO, in association with Founding Sponsor American Express and in partnership with Destination Toronto, was launched to encourage local tourism within the public health guidelines and foster community engagement and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Friday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 31,405,983 30,587,896 818,087 +7,448,218 4,029 22,990,260 967,505
United States 7,019,847 6,897,735 122,112 +2,543,389 21,180 4,272,199 204,259
India 5,557,573 5,305,387 252,186 -976,485 4,018 4,492,145 88,943
Brazil 4,547,150 4,466,828 80,322 -558,926 21,359 3,851,227 136,997
Russia 1,109,595 1,091,186 18,409 +178,133 7,603 911,973 19,489
Peru 768,895 750,098 18,797 -122,271 23,249 615,255 31,369
Mexico 697,663 684,113 13,550 +124,868 5,399 499,302 73,493
Spain 671,468 659,334 12,134 14,360 30,663
Chile 447,468 442,827 4,641 -14,059 23,363 421,111 12,298
Iran 425,481 416,198 9,283 +39,480 5,051 361,523 24,478
United Kingdom 398,625 385,936 12,689 5,865 41,788
Saudi Arabia 330,246 328,720 1,526 -14,235 9,454 311,499 4,512
Italy 299,506 294,932 4,574 +45,079 4,955 218,703 35,724
Germany 274,997 270,653 4,344 +21,520 3,280 244,000 9,477
Canada 144,686 141,566 3,120 +10,248 3,826 125,215 9,223
China 85,291 85,255 36 +173 59 80,484 4,634
Australia 26,912 26,861 51 -1,998 1,053 24,063 851