COVID-19 Update for April 28, 2020 – 1:50pm
Re-Opening the Province
Premier Doug Ford provided more updates on yesterday’s framework to re-open Ontario’s economy, noting that it is just the beginning and promised that “clear, sector-specific guidelines” will be released later this week.
Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria announced the launch of the COVID-19 Tackling the Barriers web portal, aimed at helping organizations and businesses to clear “hurdles” during the pandemic. Through the portal, businesses can request a temporary regulation or policy change to help with the following:
- Assist the health-care system meet the needs of the emergency.
- Assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related products and supplies.
- Make it easier for businesses trying to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges.
In an effort to help Ontario businesses focus on overcoming challenges posed by COVID-19, the province is also “pausing or extending any existing public consultations, delaying non-urgent related consultations while the emergency situation remains in place, and considering extending deadlines for reports and audits.”
You can read the complete news release here.
FAO Releases Report on COVID-19 Impact
Today, the Financial Accountability Office released its preliminary review of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Ontario health sector, with a special focus on hospital capacity. You can read the full report here.
If you have any questions about this update, please let us know.
We hope you are finding these COVID-19 updates useful. In addition to trying to keep on top of the fast-changing situation, Enterprise is also working to support local charities during these challenging times. If you are able, your contributions to this effort would be deeply appreciated.
To donate, please click on the organization below:
- Toronto – Food Banks Canada
- Thunder Bay – Food Banks North West
- Hamilton/Niagara – Hamilton Food Share
- Alberta – Hope Mission
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
The Enterprise Team