The Government of Canada will provide $700 million to support the capacity of health systems to respond to a possible future wave of COVID-19. An additional $500 million will cover immediate needs and gaps in assistance and protection for people facing mental health, drug or homelessness challenges. This investment over the next six to eight months will help preserve the safety and health of Canadians with the health support they need and should be recognized as a first step towards longer-term discussions on health funding. Ontario looks forward to a discussion with you and all other premiers on the adequacy and sustainability of public health funding through the Transfer of Health Canada. Canadians have been well served by the strong and collaborative efforts of Prime Ministers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All Premiers reaffirm their commitment to this approach while continuing to address their shared priority of the well-being and safety of all Canadians. As we enter the fall and the world continues to face the effects of COVID-19, the Canadian government continues to focus on keeping Canadians safe and healthy, while continuing to ensure they have the help they need during this global health and health crisis. Child care is the key to COVID-19`s economic recovery in Ontario. As we prepare to reopen more businesses and services, it is essential to ensure that people can return to work because they know their children are being cared for in a safe and healthy environment. Childcare and early programmes of the year play a vital role in children`s learning and development, and it is important that the sector can be fully reopened, with strict health and safety policies.
Ontario`s child care sector has faced significant challenges and significant financial pressure as a result of COVID-19, and the Safe Restart Agreement will help the sector open child care – ensuring that staff have PSA, lower-scale upgrade assistance to promote physical de-inflastation , to strengthen cleaning and control of infections and to increase staff. Ontario is working to ensure that our child care centres are safely opened and operated with typical capabilities. I would like to commend the hard work and cooperation of The Prime Ministers in recent months in managing the COVID 19 pandemic – and I would like to acknowledge the historic $19 billion agreement between the provinces, territories and the federal government.