Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: April 17

Published on April 20, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • Ontario will not follow the lead of other provinces and have Public Health take over the management of private long-term care facilities, a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19--the Official Opposition has been calling on the government to raise LTC staff's wages, handle infection control, and step up recruitment, retention and scheduling of staff.
  • The province is partnering with tech firms like Apple and Rogers to facilitate online learning for children while learning from home.
  • Ontario is expected to release its latest modelling numbers on Monday, giving Ontarians a sense of what to expect in terms of projected COVID-19 case numbers and fatalities. 

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


  • The Official Opposition is calling on Ontario to step up measures to protect long-term care workers by raising wages, handling infection control and staff scheduling and increasing recruitment and retention of staff.

“It’s time for leadership. Every delay on action to fix the crisis in long-term care could cost lives. Raise wages now. Seniors and workers in long-term care cannot afford to wait while Doug Ford squabbles over who will pay. Act now and sort it out later,” said Andrea Horwath. 

  • Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to listen to health experts and collect race and socio-demographic data on COVID-19.
  • Horwath called on the 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.

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

  • Ontario drivers say they need immediate relief on their auto insurance premiums, something the government's approach falls far short of.
  • Concerns about the state of long-term care and seniors homes before COVID-19 — a problem the Official Opposition has been raising for years.
  • Email me to let me know how you're doing, what you're concerned about: [email protected]