Ontario Opens Applications for Support for Learners Program

by Sarah Dickson

Senior Consultant, Public Affairs + Advocacy
November 30, 2020

Ontario Opens Applications for Support for Learners Program

November 30, 2020, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips, and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced the opening of the application process for Ontario’s Support for Learners program. This program was announced in the province’s 2020 Budget, and builds on the earlier Support for Families initiative which provided one-time funding to eligible parents … Read more

Ontario Calls on Federal Government to Present Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

November 27, 2020, Premier Doug Ford reiterated his call to the federal government to provide Canada’s premiers with clarity on how COVID-19 vaccines will be allocated across the country. The federal plan will inform the work of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, which was announced earlier this week. Premier Ford was joined by … Read more

British Columbia’s New NDP Majority Cabinet Appointed

November 26, 2020, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his Cabinet, charting a path forward for his new majority government. Horgan stated the cabinet choices would fulfill campaign promises of continuing to fight the pandemic, improving the quality of health care, ensuring affordability and security across the province, and investing in good jobs as well as … Read more

Government of Saskatchewan Throne Speech 2020

November 30, 2020, Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty delivered the Saskatchewan Government’s Speech from the Throne, entitled Strong Saskatchewan. The speech focuses on the ongoing pandemic response and fulfilling the government’s election commitments. In the Throne Speech, the government thanked Saskatchewan residents for their ongoing efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic in the province and said … Read more

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland Delivers Fiscal Update and Presents Stimulus Plan

Fiscal updates in recent years were drafted as something closer to fiscal snapshots. They provided concise outlines of what a government’s priorities would be for its next budget and, in better times than these, read like a bill of health report on projected debt to GDP, job numbers, tax policy considerations. But it has been … Read more

Ontario Announces Additional Funding and Targeted Voluntary Testing for Schools in COVID-19 Hotspots

November 26, 2020 Today, Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced $13.6 million in additional funding for school boards in regions recently moved to the Red-Control level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. This funding may be used to hire additional teachers and staff, as well as to secure additional online learning supports. … Read more

Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing

November 24, 2020, Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, announced the deployment of rapid testing in Ontario to support the province’s response to COVID-19. These tests, which Premier Ford called a “game changer” will provide faster results for vulnerable populations, in regions of high transmission, as well as in … Read more

Ontario Appoints Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

November 23, 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced the creation of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, which will build on steps already taken by the Ontario government to prepare for the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine and advise on an immunization program. The Task Force will be Chaired by General Rick Hillier, former Chief … Read more

Ontario Issues Guidance for 2020 Holiday Season, Auditor General Releases Report on COVID-19 Response

November 25, 2020, Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, issued preliminary public health guidance for Ontarians as they begin to plan for the 2020 holiday season. Additional Announcements Earlier today, the Auditor General (AG) of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, released a Special … Read more

Lives & Livelihoods – Economic Update and Heightened Restrictions in Alberta

In managing the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic recession and a bottoming out of oil prices, the Alberta government has been equally focused on the economy and jobs with fighting the spread of the virus. This management style has caused Premier Jason Kenney and his cabinet to face intense scrutiny of the government as … Read more