Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: April 22

Published on April 23, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • Canada is rolling out a package of supports to help students, who have been excluded from Canada’s emergency income program. The supports include a Canada Emegency Student Benefit (CESB), and an incentive for students who volunteer in COVID-19 relief efforts
  • More than a third of patients in Canada admitted to hospital and ICUs due to COVID-19 are under the age of 60, a new report finds. Health officials are encouraging younger people not to dismiss the severity of the virus. 
  • Doug Ford is asking the federal government to bring in the military to support five long-term care homes hit hard by COVID-19, though his long-term care minister refused to identify the five homes—the Official Oppostiion has been asking the Ford government to take immediate action to save lives and stop the spread of the virus in long-term care homes. 

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

  • The Official Opposition is calling on the Ford government to immediately make in-home testing available to people with disabilities, who the Ontario has made no plan to support. 
  • Official Opposition MPPs across Ontario are calling on the Ford government to make major changes to long-term care and home care to save lives. The proposal includes:
  • Aggressively recruiting home care and long-term care staff
  • Mandate that more staff be scheduled on each shift in each long-term care home
  • Immediately increase salaries for staff to a minimum of $22/hr in order to retain and attract workers, including Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)
  • Assign each staff member to one facility only, and ensure they have full-time hours, to eliminate the potential for staff to transmit COVID-19 to other facilities, ending all exceptions.