April 1, 2020

Our province and our country is facing a time of great crisis with the arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus on our shores. In the last few weeks, we have all seen our lives change dramatically in our community; many in our province and around the world have lost loved ones, or seen family and friends
go through painful illness. And we know this will continue longer than we wish.
The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian is our number one priority. The Ontario Government has declared an emergency and allotted $17 billion to fight COVID-19 through support to health care, people and jobs and cash flow to keep businesses running.
As we live through this new reality, we do have some things to be thankful for. We should thank the health workers: doctors, nurses, personal support workers, cleaners and others working in our hospitals, on the front lines of the crisis. We must thank all of the staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes and social agencies such as the Burlington and Oakville food banks working to keep people safe and protected, women’s shelters and other agencies supporting vulnerable people.
Thank you to everyone who is delivering groceries to an elderly or disabled neighbour, or who is working in essential services keeping grocery stores open, stocked and safe. To our hardworking police, firefighters, emergency responders, and the many people in our public services, at all levels of government, who are coming in to work to plan and carry out government responses to the crisis.
It is great to see essential service businesses continue to operate, working hard to protect their employees, while ensuring people in our community still have access to essential needs. And thank you to all of those businesses who, while they are facing financial tolls, are still keeping on their employees as we go through the crisis.
We are working with the federal government and our regional and municipal partners as we all respond to the crisis, both in preserving health and jobs. I’ve been pleased to work closely with MP Pam Damoff, my federal colleague in Oakville North-Burlington as we work for our community together.
Find out more about COVID-19 and Ontario’s response at covid-19.ontario.ca. If you have a business that can contribute supplies or ideas please contact https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus. My office is closed to the public, but my staff and I are working from home to provide services and information.