Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: July 17

Published on July 17, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:


Many regions in Ontario entered Stage 3 of economic reopening today, meaning the majority of businesses will be allowed to reopen. Meanwhile, the Ontario Medical Association has asked the Ford government to reconsider allowing indoor bars to open, citing evidence from other jurisdictions showing "that the reopening of bars carries significant risk."


North York long-term care home Villa Colombo will be taken over by Humber River Hospital due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. For months, the Official Opposition has been calling on the Ford government to take over all unsafe long-term care facilities, and criticizing the government for stepping in too late to curb outbreaks in long-term care. 


At his press conference today, held in the Waterloo region at a medical technology startup, Ford dodged a question about whether the federal funding package announced yesterday will cover Toronto's expected $1.35-billion shortfall. The Official Opposition has been pushing the province to give emergency funding to municipalities to prevent service cuts and tax hikes.



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


The Official Opposition is calling out MPP David Piccini for rejecting the Official Opposition's plan to provide direct financial support to struggling small businesses