“I’m the person who’s going to be held accountable no matter which way this goes,” said Premier Doug Ford.
The Premier urged Ontarians to practice patience on Tuesday. His cautionary response comes as B.C. eyes loosening its COVID-19 restrictions. “British Columbia is about three weeks ahead of us on reopening the economy, people are going to have to hang in there,” said Ford.
The provincial government is reporting 622 deaths related to the virus. Ford said the first thing he does in the morning is ask for the updated death toll. “It hits you hard in the heart, believe me,” he said.
The province announced 551 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, totalling reached 11,735 since the outbreak began.
Province announces $11M Ontario Community Support Program
The province launched the Ontario Community Support Program Tuesday. That program will serve low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Ford says it’s an $11 million investment to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need.
The province has also doubled Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments. Premier Ford says individuals will receive up to $166 per month and couples will receive up to $332 per month. These doubled payments will continue for six months.
“Our seniors and people with disabilities are the most at risk during this crisis, and we must go above and beyond to ensure they get financial relief, food, medicine and other essentials without delay,” said Ford.
More to come.