Today, David Piccini, Member of Provincial Parliament, and Philip Lawrence, Member of Parliament, hosted a teleconference with local mayors, health care professionals and Chambers of Commerce to discuss the COVID-19 virus and supports various levels of government can provide our community during these trying times.
All levels of government are united in ensuring the necessary resources are in place to protect the health and safety of people in Ontario and throughout Canada, but also the long-term viability of businesses and our economy.
“By establishing an open dialogue with all levels of Government at our local level, we will ensure the needs of our community are reflected in broader provincial and national action,” said MPP David Piccini.
This morning, Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency and an initial investment of $300 million to support immediate measures to protect seniors, the most vulnerable and the broader health of Ontarians. By declaring a provincial emergency, it establishes Ontario’s ability to quickly implement and enforce orders to prevent, reduce or mitigate serious harm to persons.
Ontario has already announced that the government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures.
“In response to COVID-19, Ontario has taken decisive action to protect the safety and security of Ontarians,” said MPP David Piccini. “Our Government stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ontario during these difficult times and we are calling on the federal government for additional assistance to establish a loan program to support businesses and EI reforms to expand eligibility to support workers.”
On the call was Rocco Rossi, President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, who spoke to the Chamber’s business preparedness tool and additional measures government can take to support affected small business. Local Chambers of Commerce spoke to business surveys launched and municipal tax deferrals they have asked for during these challenging times.
“I applaud MPP Piccini’s leadership in bringing together local businesses, government and community leaders,” said MP Philip Lawrence. “It is through these and other collaborative efforts that will slow the spread and flatten the curve. I would continue to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to take all steps necessary to protect Canadians, and support our workers and businesses.”