The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 2 new cases of COVID-19 today, one related to travel to Michigan and the other is under investigation. This brings the total to 2,472 confirmed cases and 72 deaths.
The Conference Board of Canada revealed that Ontario’s economy will record a steep 7.6 per cent decline in real GDP growth this year. Our critic for Economic Growth and Job Creation. MPP Catherine Fife, issued the following statement:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit every business across the province, with so many still struggling to survive and workers still being laid off. While other provinces are on the path to recovery, Ontario is still facing a bleak economic outlook. The failure of the government to provide direct supports for small businesses and refusing to offer rent relief to help them get through the crisis, has made the situation even worse for Ontarians. One of the key sectors highlighted in the report is Ontario’s auto industry with sales plunging by almost 60 per cent in the second quarter of this year. The Official Opposition has been urging the Government to put forward a province-wide auto strategy to stop jobs from disappearing that may never come back, and yet they’ve done nothing. Now more than ever, we need action to support auto workers and ensure our manufacturing sector can not only survive the crisis, but come back even stronger. To get Ontario back on track and get more people back in the workforce, parents need to know their kids will be able to safely return to school or child care. Ontarians need a government that will invest in a safe September so workers can return to their jobs and our economy can begin to recover.”
Our caucus continues to call on the Government to reduce class sizes so that students, teachers, and all education staff are able to return to schools safely. We are advocating for hiring more teachers and education workers – including educational assistants, bus drivers and custodians — and securing more spaces for physically distanced classrooms.
As always, please continue to wear a mask in public, maintain physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wash your hands frequently.