Budget | Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

by Vivek Prabhu

Vice President + Toronto Lead, Public Affairs
March 24, 2021

Budget | Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

March 24, 2021, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy tabled the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, in the Legislature. This Budget builds on previous phases of Ontario’s Action Plan to respond to COVID-19, outlined in the March 2020 economic and fiscal update and the November 2020 Budget. The primary focus of the 2021 … Read more

Ontario COVID-19 Update

March 23, 2021, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, announced an investment of $3.7 million to help seniors and people with disabilities get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Today’s announcement will be included in the 2021 Budget, which will be officially … Read more

Ontario Announces Additional Funding for Hospitals

March 22, 2021, Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced over $1.2 billion in funding for Ontario hospitals. This investment is intended to help hospitals manage the financial pressures created by COVID-19 and to tackle a post-pandemic backlog … Read more

Ontario Expands Access to COVID Vaccines for Older Adults

March 19, 2021, Premier Doug Ford and Chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, General Rick Hillier (retired) provided an update on the province’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As part of today’s update, Premier Ford announced that, beginning Monday, March 22, the province’s online booking system will begin accepting vaccination appointments for adults aged 75 and … Read more

B.C. Week in Review: COVID-19, Legislature, Question Period

COVID-19 Update  After last week’s chaotic rollout of the vaccine phone booking system, BC is now looking at an accelerated rollout thanks to new shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine, scheduled to arrive in May. BC’s first allotment will go to industrial workers who live together in group settings, followed by those who work in food-processing plants and agricultural workers. Frontline workers will be able to get … Read more

Ontario COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2021, Premier Doug Ford toured a mass vaccination clinic at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. The site will open to the public on Monday. Premier Ford also provided an update on Ontario’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, and responded to questions from media. Additional Announcements The government also announced investments to extend temporary wage … Read more

Ontario: Rapid COVID-19 tests in the workplace

March 17, 2021, Ontario announced measures to make it easier for businesses to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the workplace. Based on the success of the initial deployment of rapid antigen testing, the province is also expanding this program to additional sectors, including first responders, emergency medical services, trucking and transportation, wastewater management, and post-secondary … Read more

Ontario Announces Independent Nursing Degree Through Humber College

March 16, 2021, Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano, announced the launch of an independent nursing degree offered through Humber College. Humber, which has offered a Bachelor of Nursing program in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick for nearly two decades, will become the first publicly-assisted college in Ontario … Read more

Ontario COVID-19 Update

During a visit to a mass immunization clinic in Northumberland County, Premier Ford provided an update on Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, including today’s launch of the provincial booking system for COVID-19 vaccines. Following the update, Premier Ford responded to questions from media and committed to solving ongoing issues with the newly-launched booking system as quickly … Read more

Ontario Accelerates Vaccination Timelines

March 5, 2021, following Health Canada’s approval of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and Chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, General Rick Hillier (retired) provided an update on the province’s vaccination plan. The province is now aiming to administer a first dose to every eligible person in Ontario … Read more