COVID-19 has placed considerable pressure on PPE purchases and deliveries for essential and other health professionals. Both levels of government have made significant investments in this area and have worked together to ensure the availability of necessary equipment at all stages of the pandemic. This investment will help address the key priorities that Canadian Prime Ministers have agreed to relaunch Canada`s economy safely over the next six to eight months. It will support measures to strengthen virus testing and monitoring to protect Canadians from a future epidemic and support the capacity of our health systems, including services for people with mental health problems. It will also help procure personal protective equipment to help our important workers and protect the most vulnerable, such as our seniors. “The investments announced today will allow our economy to arrive safely over the next six to eight months. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been working with the provinces and territories to keep Canadians safe and support the economy, and that is exactly what we will do with a Team Canada approach. Ontario has invested approximately $350 million to help municipalities and social service providers such as shelters and food banks, as well as people on social assistance and those who are not eligible for federal assistance. Ontario has also invested $100 million to support exceptional public health costs to meet COVID-19`s EPITHEN and protect Ontarians. Both investments will be paid to the municipalities after April 1, 2020.

More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement: Canadians have served the strong and collaborative efforts of Prime Ministers during 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.

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