No timeline yet, but Ontario is analyzing data from Stage 2, Health Minister says

Officials are analyzing Stage 2 data ahead of entering the final reopening phase

When asked about the next phase of Ontario’s reopening plan, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is currently analyzing data from Stage 2.

“The team is actively looking at the data and looking at entering Stage 3 as quickly as we can,” Elliott said during Monday’s news briefing from Queen’s Park.

Last week, Premier Doug Ford said the province still needs more data before he would reveal a definitive timeline for reopening.

Every community in Ontario will be in Stage 2 by Tuesday

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<p>Ford also said they are looking at a regional reopening approach for Stage 3, similar to Stage 2. </p>
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<p>Ford announced that Kingsville and Leamington would be allowed to enter Stage 2 tomorrow. </p>
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<p>The province held the area back due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the agri-farming industry.</p>
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Kingsville and Leamington can enter Stage 2 on Tuesday.

Ford also said they are looking at a regional reopening approach for Stage 3.

On Monday, Ford announced that Kingsville and Leamington would be allowed to enter Stage 2 tomorrow.

The province held the area back due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the agri-farming industry.

“I’m in desperate need of a haircut … I’m coming down there,” Ford said. “We will find a barbershop in Leamington or Kingsville.”

The Premier had previously said he wouldn’t get his haircut until all of Ontario was in Stage 2.

Ford details plan to build highways faster

Meanwhile, Ford began Monday’s briefing detailing his government’s plan to speed up major transit infrastructure projects.

“Through these proposed initiatives, we will start Ontario down the road to recovery by getting critical infrastructure projects built faster, creating jobs in communities across the province,” said Ford in his prepared remarks.

The province is proposing that any new provincial highway projects be exempt from the Hearing of Necessity process, which Ford said can “add months of red tape and construction delays.”

The Ford government also wants to enter into new commercial agreements to build transit-oriented communities.

“This would allow for the development of more housing around transit,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney.

Mulroney said the new measures would allow the province to move more quickly with technical investigations and consultations with landowners.