WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 56,984,076, up from 52,774,574 at 3:30 p.m. on November 13, 2020. Canada now reports 315,751 cases, up from 282,577 cases of COVID-19 on November 13. Ontario reports 100,790 cases, up from 91,180 cases on November 13.
The Province reports 1,418 (1.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 84,716 have been resolved (84.1%) and there have been 3,451 deaths (3.4%). The province has now completed 5,827,192 tests and reports 46,609 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
During a press conference today, 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, following the release of grim new forecasts suggesting that Canada is on track to see COVID-19 cases climb by 60,000 per day if socialization increases. He says Canadians must do everything in their power to reverse this trajectory by staying home and reducing their contacts with others. More information here.
Canada’s tech firms are harnessing the transformative power of digital technology to support skilled jobs and economic growth across industries, allowing our regions to be more resilient in the face of COVID-19. Today, the Government of Canada announced a FedDEv Ontario investment of $1 million to support the scale-up of Advanced Opto-Mechanical Systems and Technologies Inc. (AOMS Technologies), a leading Canadian technology company based in Toronto. More information here.
Canada’s future depends on our young people being able to get the good, well-paying jobs they need to succeed. That is why the Government of Canada announced an investment under Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) that will help 125 young people in Guelph, Ontario, get the skills and experience they need. More information here.
The government is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 19, Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) received Royal Assent, implementing new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses. These measures will help businesses get through the second wave of the virus so they can protect jobs, continue to serve their communities, and be positioned for a strong recovery. More information here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more Canadians working from home, engaging in distance learning, and buying essential goods and accessing social services online. This shift has made access to high-quality and affordable wireless services absolutely essential. On November 19, the federal government announced the launch of a consultation on a proposal to triple the licence-exempt spectrum available for Wi-Fi by opening up the 6 GHz band to support greater choice and affordability of wireless broadband for Canadians. More information here.
On November 19, the Government of Canada announced that Ontario is now accepting applications from municipalities for funding of local infrastructure projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Under this new stream, which was first announced by Minister McKenna on August 5, 2020, the federal government will cover up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs in provinces and 100 per cent for territorial and Indigenous projects. More information here.
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province 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. These necessary measures are being taken to limit community transmission of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province’s most vulnerable populations.
Based on the latest data, the government intends to move Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This action is being taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19, while prioritizing the continued opening of schools, child care centres and other key services to the fullest extent possible. More information here.
Premier Doug Ford is standing behind information that his health minister provided about the number of COVID-19 vaccines that the province hopes to receive in early 2021, even as federal officials refuse to confirm the number. Health Minister Christine Elliott said during Question Period on Wednesday that Ontario will receive 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 800,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine in the first three months of 2021, assuming both are ultimately approved for use by Health Canada. More information here.
The Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. These projects will help reduce waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for seniors. More information here.
The Ontario government is launching a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. These campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce the COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Officers will be asking employers to produce their workplace safety plans. More information here.
The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario is providing $2,040,000 to support Ontario’s 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC) led by the Business Advisory Centre Durham to create a new Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network. This network will enhance the capacity of all SBECs across the province to expand their services, supporting businesses across the province. More information here.
The Ontario government is expanding the 511 app to include new winter driving features that will provide drivers and the trucking industry with additional information to support safer route planning when travelling on provincial highways. More information here.
On November 18, the Ontario government announced it will provide $2.4 million to support an additional 13 Ontario Health Teams across the province to provide better, connected care to patients. These teams are a new way of delivering care that brings together health care providers and organizations to work as one coordinated team to improve patient outcomes. This new collaborative model is helping the province respond more quickly and effectively to COVID-19 and end hallway health care. More information here.
The Ontario government, in partnership with the agri-food industry, has developed a comprehensive strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission and protect workers and the province’s food supply chain ahead of next year’s growing season. The strategy will support a sustained effort and longer-term planning to ensure Ontario has the tools needed to protect workers and prevent outbreaks in agri-food workplaces going forward. Partners have already started implementing many of the actions in the strategy. More information here.
The Ontario government is investing $350,000 in Integrated Packaging Films through the Ontario Together Fund to help the company create new jobs and increase the production of PET film by 49 per cent, contributing to the production of almost four million more face shields per month to help keep front line workers safe during the second wave of COVID-19. More information here.
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