Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, RecoverPublished on November 06, 2020
Minister Phillips introduced the next phase in the government’s response to COVID-19. Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover is a $45 billion plan with three pillars: Protect, Support and Recover.
First, we are taking steps to protect people from this deadly virus by increasing our health investments to $15.2 billion.
Second, we will build on our earlier relief to provide a total of $13.5 billion in direct support for families, workers and employers, in addition to the $11.3 billion in cash flow support.
And third, we are removing barriers to recovery and providing $4.8 billion to protect and create jobs now and in the future.
Recover is the third pillar of our plan. It is about direct actions that help get through today, while providing hope for tomorrow. As we all deal with the day-to-day anxiety and impacts of COVID-19, it may seem ambitious to talk about recovery.
For Ontario to recover, we need strong, sustained economic growth. We cannot expect our economy to just bounce back and the lost jobs to return on their own. As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty in the global economy, we will continue to provide support now, and in the future.
It is a plan that provides as much certainty as possible in an uncertain time. There are countless examples around the world of jurisdictions who have let their guard down and who are paying a steep price. The government is determined to avoid those mistakes.
We have not let the virus divide us. We care for each other, we respect each other, even when we sometimes disagree with each other. That is our great strength.
Ontario remains one of the world’s great workshops - the only jurisdiction in North America with five major auto manufacturers, and companies that can build planes, trains, and even spacecraft. We remain home to the best and brightest minds in the world - architects of insulin, open heart surgery, and now research for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.
We remain the economic heart of this country, but also its real beating heart, because nowhere else will you find more selfless, compassionate, hard-working people than right here in this beautiful province.
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