Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: April 29

Published on April 29, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

  • Federal Opposition Leader Jagmeet Singh asked Trudeau to guarantee that Canadian companies registered in foreign tax havens do not receive financial assistance from the government -- meanwhile, many commercial tenants and landlords are afraid the government's commercial rent program will not help them.
  • Six weeks into workplace closures and physical distancing measures, Ontario has little understanding of community transmission of COVID-19, which appears to account for about half of the province's cases--the bulk of cases have occurred in long-term care facilities, or among other health care workers--the Official Opposition has been urging the government to better protect seniors and those who care for them.

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

  • Rent is due Friday, yet the government of Ontario continues to pass of its responsibility to residential tenants to the federal government. The Official Opposition is pointing out that, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is the responsibility of provinces to help tenants--Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and Tenant Rights critic MPP Suze Morrison said that means the ball is squarely in Ford’s court, and are again calling for an 80 per cent rent subsidy for renters.
  • The Official Opposition continues to push for more testing — including testing everyone in seniors care and other congregate care settings. Doug Ford once announced that Ontario would be testing nearly 20,000 people per day by April 17 – but we’re barely more than half-way there.