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Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak
March 31, 2020
People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer.
Ontario Government Reaches Tentative Agreement with AEFO
March 31, 2020
The Ontario government is pleased to announce a tentative deal has been reached between the Crown, AEFO teachers, and the school board trustees' associations.
Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19
March 31, 2020
Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff.
Province Supports Postsecondary Students During COVID-19
March 31, 2020
The government of Ontario is easing the financial burden on students and making sure they can complete their studies during the COVID-19 outbreak by temporarily deferring payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans and making online learning supports, including year-end exams, available to postsecondary institutions.
Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
March 31, 2020
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures.
Ontario Increasing Health and Safety Measures to Better Protect Frontline Nurses from COVID-19
March 30, 2020
Ontario is taking further action to protect frontline nurses and to recognize their clinical training and experience to help to keep Ontarians and hospitals safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ontario Protecting Seniors During the COVID-19 Outbreak
March 30, 2020
The Ontario government is working with businesses, volunteer organizations and non-profits to make it easier for Ontario's seniors to self-isolate and practice physical distancing during this unprecedented time by ensuring they can receive the support they need to stay safe and healthy.
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
March 30, 2020
The Government of Ontario continues to take decisive action to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help contain its spread and to protect the public. This has involved some unprecedented measures, and I know many of you continue to undertake great efforts to protect your families, friends, neighbours, clients and patients, and communities.
Ontario Enhancing Public Reporting about COVID-19
March 30, 2020
Ontario is enhancing the public information it provides about the status of COVID-19. As the outbreak evolves, Ontario has launched a new dedicated web page and is changing how COVID-19 cases are being reported to provide a more relevant summary of data from Public Health Ontario that offers expanded information every day at 10:30 a.m.
Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions
March 30, 2020
Based on the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.
Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites
March 29, 2020
"With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe."- Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Ontario Taking Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19
March 28, 2020
The Government of Ontario is implementing a new emergency order to ensure that staffing and resources are available to help care for and protect long-term care residents during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging
March 28, 2020
Premier Doug Ford announced today new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.
Ontario Protecting Supply Chains To Support COVID-19 Emergency Response
March 28, 2020
Ontario continues to take important steps to protect the province's supply chain and make sure the heroes on the front lines have the essential goods and services they need.
Ontario Adopts Temporary Measures to Support Bars, Restaurants and Alcohol Retailers During the COVID-19 Situation
March 27, 2020
Effective immediately, licensed restaurants and bars in Ontario may sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm.
Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses
March 26, 2020
The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19.
Ontario Provides $3.3 Billion More to Increase Health Care Capacity
March 26, 2020
The Ontario government is providing an additional $3.3 billion to support frontline health care workers and increase health care capacity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
March 25, 2020
The government's action plan is a first step in its response to COVID-19 and includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.
Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
March 25, 2020
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces.
Province suspending time-of-use rates for 45 days
March 24, 2020
For a 45-day period, the government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour.
Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis
March 23, 2020
The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Ontario Launches New Interactive COVID-19 Self-Asssesment Tool
March 23, 2020
With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has now launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool.
Closure of Drive Test Centres In Response to COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all full-time DriveTest Centres and part-time Travel Point locations will be closed
Province Takes Steps to Ensure Frontline Staff Can Continue to Work
March 22, 2020
In order to support health care and frontline workers during this COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario plans to exempt certain child care centres from the order to close.
Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19
March 21, 2020
The Ontario Government is launching Ontario Together, a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. This initiative will remove barriers allowing Ontario's manufacturing sector to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and swabs.
Ontario Government Reaches Tentative Agreement with ETFO
March 21, 2020
Our Government is pleased to announce a tentative agreement has been reached between the Crown, ETFO teachers and education workers, and the school boards trustees' associations.
Province Waives Three Month Waiting Period for OHIP
March 20, 2020
To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage.
Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal
March 20, 2020
Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.
Emergency Sitting Sees Two Critical Pieces of Legislation Receive Unanimous Consent
March 19, 2020
Today the Ontario government convened an emergency sitting of the legislature and passed two pieces of legislation which will protect the jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, help keep store shelves stocked and give municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations while maintaining social distance.
Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle Services and Health Cards
March 19, 2020
ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. This will promote social distancing and help contain the spread of the COVID-19.
Ontario is Protecting Seniors' Health and Safety
March 18, 2020
"We would like to reassure all Ontarians that the province has been diligently monitoring the developing situation in all: long-term care facilities, retirement and seniors' homes."- Christine Elliot, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency
March 17, 2020
Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.
COVID-19 Updates
March 16, 2020
News on the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. This resource centre has the latest updates locally, provincially and nationally. Check back here regularly for the latest on COVID-19.
Premier Ford Announces Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation
March 16, 2020
Ontario is acting immediately to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Community Office Closed to Public Visits
March 16, 2020
To ensure the health and well being of our constituents and staff, MPP Jane McKenna's Community Office will be closed to in person visits. The office is still open however, and receiving calls and e-mails.
Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Smith on the Social Services Sector's Response to COVID-19
March 16, 2020
Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province is recommending that our service providers consider only allowing essential visitors until further notice.
Province Expanding Telehealth Ontario Resources
March 16, 2020
Working closely with Telehealth Ontario, the province is rapidly expanding service capacity to ensure timely responses.
Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Romano on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 13, 2020
The Ontario Government is working with postsecondary institutions to ensure each campus has a COVID-19 response plan which will ensure the continued well being of faculty and students.
Ontario Government Applauds Ottawa for Ratifying Critical Trade Deal
March 13, 2020
"By approving this deal, businesses will be provided with certainty and workers in Ontario and Canada will be protected." - Premier Ford & Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Statement by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education on Reaching an Agreement with OECTA
March 12, 2020
"Our Government achieved our foremost priority - landing a good deal with a teachers' union that advances the priorities of students and parents." - Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education
Ontario Launches Consultations to Update Consumer Protection Act
March 12, 2020
Ontario is making government work smarter and rebuilding consumer confidence by conducting a comprehensive review of the Consumer Protection Act.
More Municipalities will Benefit from Transit Funding
March 12, 2020
The Ontario Government's Gas Tax program's funding can be used to upgrade infrastructure, increase accessibility, purchase transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service.
Ontario Strengthening Protections for Tenants and Landlords
March 12, 2020
Ontario is making life more affordable by introducing legislation that would make renting easier and fairer for both tenants and landlords.
Ontario Government Continues to Put a Stop to Wasteful Year End Spending
March 12, 2020
Ontario is embedding a culture of fiscal responsibility across government, as it moves to further curb wasteful spending at the end of the fiscal year.
Ontario Enhancing COVID-19 Protections for Long-Term Care Residents, Families and Staff
March 11, 2020
The Ontario government has instructed long-term care homes to begin active screening of staff, students, volunteers, visitors, as well as new and returning residents, to ensure the protection of those most vulnerable.
Ontario's Increased Speed Limit Pilot Finds Wide Public Support
March 11, 2020
The Ontario government announced that its pilot project to increase speed limits to 110km/h on three sections of 400-series highways in Southern Ontario is getting wide support.
Ontario Launches Small Businesses Consultations
March 11, 2020
Ontario is continuing to take action to build a competitive business environment, by taking the next step and launching a new province wide small business consultation initiative.
Ontario Needs Skilled Immigrants
March 11, 2020
Ontario is calling on the federal government to allow the province to nominate more immigrants who can bring the skills and experience needed to grow the economy and create jobs. 
Ontario Making it Easier for Businesses to Work with Government
March 11, 2020
The Ontario government is listening to businesses across the province as it develops a smarter procurement system that will save taxpayer money by improving efficiency.
Ontario Increasing Support and Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Workers
March 10, 2020
The Ontario government is delivering on its promise to help people prepare for jobs by improving supports for manufacturing workers looking to train for a new career.
Ontario Supporting Documentary Film Sector
March 09, 2020
Ontario is supporting the province's world-class film and television industry, helping to drive local tourism spending, raise the profile of documentary filmmakers and build Ontario's reputation as a cultural hub.
Minister of Education on Increased Escalation by ETFO
March 09, 2020
"Our focus is on negotiating so students can remain in class as opposed to being negatively impacted by continuing escalation by the teachers' unions." - Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education
Ontario Exploring How To Prepare More People for Good Jobs
March 09, 2020
The Ontario government is launching a review of its slate of training programs to ensure workers are developing the in-demand skills that employers are looking for.
Ontario Improving OPP Workplace Culture
March 09, 2020
Ontario is improving the workplace culture of the OPP to create a healthier, more inclusive work environment where members feel supported and are able to thrive.
Ontario Working to Protect People and Property
March 09, 2020
The Ontario government is taking action to protect people and communities from the effects of flooding by reducing flood risk and helping Ontarians to be better prepared for flooding events.
Ontario Confirms New Positive Cases of COVID-19
March 08, 2020
This afternoon, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed two more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Ontario to 31.
Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues Marks International Women's Day
March 08, 2020
"On International Women's Day, we celebrate the wonderful achievements of women around the world and right here in Ontario." - Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues
Statement from Ministers Elliott and MacLeod on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 06, 2020
The Ontario Government is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and local public health units, to ensure the health and well being of Ontarians.
Ontario's Job Growth Remains Stable Amid Global Uncertainty
March 06, 2020
The Ontario government's plan to create a more competitive business environment and make the province open for jobs continues to deliver results.   
Ontario Expanding Natural Gas to More Communities
March 06, 2020
Ontario is expanding access to natural gas throughout rural, northern Ontario and Indigenous communities with the launch of the next phase of the Natural Gas Expansion Program.
Ontario Releases a New and Comprehensive Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking
March 06, 2020
The Government of Ontario is taking strong action to protect children and youth, support survivors, raise awareness and hold offenders accountable by releasing Ontario's new anti-human trafficking strategy today.
Ontario Helping Communities Protect Species at Risk
March 04, 2020
Ontario is protecting and preserving the environment by investing in 85 projects across the province that help protect species at risk and their habitat.
Ontario Growing and Supporting Cultural Tourism
March 04, 2020
Ontario is emphasizing cultural tourism and creating jobs in communities across the province through support for local artists and culture events, benefiting residents and visitors alike.
Ontario to Release 2020 Budget on March 25
March 04, 2020
This year's Budget will demonstrate progress on the government's plan to put the province back on sound financial footing, create the conditions for businesses to grow and create jobs, and make smart investments in key priorities.
Ontario Announces a Fair Plan to Keep Students in Class
March 03, 2020
Government plan freezes classroom sizes, invests in special education and holds the line on wages and benefits.
Ontario Unveils Plan to Build Mental Health and Addictions System
March 03, 2020
Following extensive consultation with Mental Health groups, The Ontario Government is launching its Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions System.
Moving Forward with Road Access to the Ring of Fire
March 02, 2020
The Government of Ontario, Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation are taking a major step forward in unlocking jobs and opportunity in Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire region.
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