Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: April 16

Published on April 16, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

  • Canada is expanding measures to help businesses during the pandemic, including broadened loan eligibility --  groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) says these changes still leave out certain firms, like new businesses and the self-employed. 
  •  Trudeau will talk to premiers today about helping small businesses with rents – for weeks, the Official Opposition has been calling on the Ontario government to provide help to small and medium-sized businesses, including a 75 per cent rent subsidy. 


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

  • Andrea Horwath called on the Ford government to close the dangerous gaps in his new orders to protect vulnerable group living facilities – gaps include waiting a week for measures to take effect, and exempting temp agency staff from the rule to work in one home only.
  • The Official Opposition's Health critic says Steven Del Duca's call for an inquiry into long-term care during the pandemic is self-serving, given Del Duca and his party "blocked the call for a broad independent inquiry into the unfolding crisis in long-term care two years ago.

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