Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: June 18

Published on June 18, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new contact tracing smartphone app the government hopes will help quell the spread of COVID-19. The app should be available for download in Ontario July 2 – journalists at Doug Ford’s press conference today asked how the government will ensure buy-in from Ontarians, and make the app accessible to those without access to technology.  
  • The Ford government, with support from the Liberal and Green parties, limited the commercial eviction ban, so that it only protects businesses eligible for the flawed and restrictive Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program – the NDP has been fighting for months for Premier Ford to ban all commercial evictions retroactive to the start of the pandemic.

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

  • Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa says the Ford government must help First Nations communities struggling to contain COVID-29 in Ontario’s Far North. Ford must ensure communities have doctors and nurses, medical stations and appropriate structures for people to self-isolate. 
  • Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo urged Ford to stop residential landlords who are jacking up tenants’ rent during the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the Official Opposition has been urging the Ford government to provide direct rent support to struggling tenants.