Ontario COVID News Digest – September 2

September 2, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – With ongoing developments in the fight to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing you with this digest off selected recent news items from the Ontario Government.

COVID-19 Business News

The following stories come from the Ontario newsroom, with links provided to the full articles:

Welcoming Caregivers to Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes
The Ontario government is updating the visitor policy for long-term care homes to help operators implement consistent visiting practices across the province. The policy is clarifying guidance about visits from caregivers to help all homes welcome caregivers as of September 9, 2020.

Ontario Expanding Seniors Dental Care Program
The Ontario government is providing $25 million to expand access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The funding will be used to support 78 infrastructure projects across the province, including building new dental clinics and renovating existing facilities. The province is also adding eight new mobile dental clinics that will bring services directly to clients, making it easier for vulnerable seniors to access the dental care they need.

Ontario Moving to Enhance Public Safety and Food Supply Chain
In order to keep people safe, the Ontario government is making it an offence to stop, obstruct, hinder or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals. Today, the province proclaimed Section 6(1) and three other related sections of Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020. These proclamations will ensure the safety and security of the public and the provincial food supply while protecting the right for people to participate in lawful protests on public property.

Ontario Helps Young People Along the Path to Lifelong Success
As the province gradually starts to recover, Ontario is creating opportunities for young people through the inaugural work and membership of the Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity. To further support disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups, the province is investing $2.2 million to help them develop the skills they need for successful careers.

Ontario Supporting Frontline Correctional Officers in Eastern Ontario
Ontario is making strategic investments in public safety and strengthening justice services by modernizing the adult correctional system across Eastern Ontario. New construction and building upgrades will update facilities, address issues of overcrowding, and create new spaces for the delivery of mental health services, inmate programming and staff training.

Business Reopening Toolkit

Cornwall Economic Development has put together a toolkit to help businesses reopen. The toolkit includes guidelines and a maximum occupancy calculator along with signs and posters that can be downloaded and printed:


We summarize the latest news about the impacts of COVID-19 on Cornwall businesses on a daily basis. Click on the following link to view:

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