Hill Update

Historic Agreement Delivers Over $230 Million for Child Care Safe Restart Agreement Will Support Ontario's Plan to Safely Reopen Child Care and Early Years Programs.

Hill Update

In partnership with the federal government, the Ontario government is providing $234.6 million in funding to keep children and staff safe in child care and early years settings. This funding will help support enhanced cleaning costs, and health and safety requirements set out to support the reopening of licensed child care and early years programs. 

  •  The Government of Ontario will supply face coverings to licensed child care settings, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, and First Nations Child and Family Program locations.
  • On July 30, 2020, the government announced child care centres, including before and after school programs, and early years programs across the province would be able to open at full capacity starting September 1, 2020.

Province Supporting Innovative Made-in-Ontario Technology to Sanitize PPE Ontario Funding Innovative Apple Grower in the Fight Against COVID-19

Through the Ontario together fund, the Ontario government is investing $2 million into clean works medical and pure life Machinery, helping manufacture a one-of-a-kind, sanitizing device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini. With Ontario’s support, they will scale up the production of the clean flow of healthcare to nearly triple its current capacity.

This new device will be able to sanitize N95 masks and other PPE for frontline workers. Their technology is health Canada approved and can destroy up to 99.99 percent of pathogens and viruses on services and clean up to 800 N95 masks per hour.

First co-developed in 2015 by Myers Apple products and clean works to disinfect produce. Ontario government will work with our world-class innovators and manufacturers and deliver made in ON solutions, to help ensure we can provide our own PPE and are prepared for any future healthcare crisis.

Ontario’s funding will support 19 new jobs and the purchase and installation of metal fabrication, equipment assembly, and facility modifications.

Ontario Supporting Non-Profits as Province Recovers from COVID-19

The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities.

The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 with support for:

  • Equipping board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency.
  • Improving and increasing ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues.
  • Procuring equipment or renovating space.
  • Changing the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

For more information, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Ontario Legislature Adjourns after Significant Sitting in Response to COVID-19

The Ontario Legislature adjourned after an unprecedented session that saw cross-partisan collaboration in the fight against COVID-19. Since reconvening in February, the legislature passed 18 pieces of legislation, including emergency measures needed to protect public health and prepare for economic recovery. The legislature has now risen until September 14, 2020.

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