Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: June 16

Published on June 16, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • Despite Ford's claims that his government is handling the flood of COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers in Windsor-Essex, critics say that fear of deportation could stop thousands of migrant workers from getting tested -  Ontario Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said the government must put guarantees in place to ensure that workers aren't deported, and that their health and well-being will be looked after, to help increase testing.

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

  • At a virtual press conference this morning, Andrea Horwath was joined by  a woman whose mother is in long-term care and has spent weeks pleading for help from the Ford government. Horwath addressed the government's beleaguered and belated takeover of struggling and unsafe long-term care homes. 
  • During question period today, Andrea Horwath asked Doug Ford if he truly believes his government did everything in its power to protect seniors in long-term care homes - since April 20, the Official Opposition and families have been calling on Ford to take over all unsafe long-term care homes.  Nearly 1,800 Ontario seniors have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in long-term care. "Hundreds of families have been left to not only grieve the loss of their loved one, but to be haunted by the question: Would my mom or dad or grandparent still be here if the government had stepped in sooner?," Horwath said.
  • Official Opposition Early Learning and Childcare critic Doly Begum said the Ford government's failure to support child care centres in weathering the pandemic and safely reopening leaves the sector to face deficits, cut wages for ECEs and potential staff lay-offs.