Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency
The government of Ontario extends the Declaration of Emergency to May 12, 2020, in order to continue the fight against COVID-19 to and flatten the curve. The Declaration of Emergency extention under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act was made following the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature for the health and safety of people in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During these unprecedented times, we cannot let our guard down. The actions being taken by everyone to stay home and practice physical distancing are making a difference, but we are not out of the woods yet,” said Premier Ford. “With the support of every Ontario MPP, we continue to take any and all actions necessary to support our frontline health care workers and respond rapidly and decisively to slow the spread of this deadly virus,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement.
The legislature also passed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act to amend the Education Act, Planning Act, Development Charges Act, Police Services Act and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Act. This new legislation demonstrates that the government is actively listening to the concerns of education and municipal stakeholders during this COVID-19 emergency.
“This legislation is about protecting the health and economic interests of Ontarians,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We will do whatever it takes to get through this challenge ― most especially for the next generation ― so that students continue learning and graduating.”
The decision by Ontario to extends the declaration emergency for a further 28 days will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to continue the fight against COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of all individuals and families,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We have listened to our municipal partners and made these changes to help them better manage staff time and resources so they can focus on the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“In these unprecedented times, our government is doing everything in its power to support our municipal, policing and community partners,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “While Community Safety and Well-Being Plans are an important tool for municipalities to keep our communities safe, we need them to focus on allocating resources where they are needed most right now, and that is to stop the spread of COVID-19.”