Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - April 17

Published on April 17, 2020

Happy Friday Everyone,

The Prime Minister announced $962 million will be put towards regional development agencies and Community Futures Network to help smaller businesses in rural parts of the country get the financial support they need. $270 million of this investment will be allocated to Futurprenuer Canada and the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program to support innovators and early-stage development firms that do not qualify for the wage subsidy.

Trudeau noted the government will release up-to-date figures on CERB through a special online portal to provide data to academic and policy experts who are tracking this information.

Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current closure of the border to all non-essential travel for at least another month.

The Ontario government issued a new emergency order last night extending childcare services for front-line and essential workers, now including those who work in or for group homes, shelters and manufacturing facilities. You can see the complete news release and list of eligible workers here.

The Minister of Education announced that Ontario has reached a deal with Apple and Rogers to provide more than 21,000 iPads to support students from low-income families during this period. The iPads are being provided at a reduced rate by Apple and Rogers is covering data services. The Minister also noted that every high school in the province will have access to high-speed internet by September

Our caucus is starting a small business newsletter to provide updates and ask for feedback from small businesses. If you're interested please send your name, business name, email address and telephone number to either [email protected] or the [email protected]

Windsor Regional Hospital is set to open its field hospital at St. Clair College for COVID-19 patients Saturday, with initial placement of residents who have tested positive for the COVID virus at local long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes. For more information, click here to view the media release.

The Windsor Public Library has an e-newsletter that you can sign up for that is tailored to your literary interests. You can find that here.

Efforts to feed the families most impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic were boosted Thursday by local donors bankrolling 3,550 grocery gift cards worth $100 apiece and the launch of a west-end drive-thru food bank. The gift cards are aimed at the 3,500 Ontario Works recipients with dependent children, who make up 80 to 85 per cent of the people who regularly use food banks.

As of Friday morning, Windsor-Essex has 439 confirmed cases. Of those, 58 people have recovered and 21 people have died. In total, 3,282 people have been tested, with 568 tests still pending.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please remember to always follow the advice of medical experts, especially with regards to social distancing and washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.


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