Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Daily Update - April 2nd

Here are today’s new developments:

  • Justin Trudeau is holding a call with Canada’s premiers at 5:30 this afternoon, to discuss coordinating efforts to fight COVID-19 – namely, the need to obtain crucial medical supplies to meet an expected surge of the virus.
  • After calls from the NDP to support frontline workers with 24/7 free mental health resources, the Ontario government said it will expand online mental health services as Ontarians endure the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The government said a change could be on the way to shrink the list of essential businesses allowed to stay open. Andrea Horwath sent Doug Ford a letter on that yesterday. More news to come.

Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

  •  Horwath is asking the Ford government to follow in the footsteps of provinces like British Columbia and Alberta, and release the province’s infection modelling numbers.

    “If everyone had a clearer picture of what lays ahead if they do stay home — and what lays ahead if they don’t — I think we’d see folks take physical distancing even more seriously,” said Horwath.

 

Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:

  • We’re still hearing about evictions and eviction notices going out, leaving tenants worried they’re going to lose their home.
  • We’re hearing from small businesses that the supports currently in place won’t be enough to keep them afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.