Ready to help Ontario flatten pandemic’s third wave
Do whatever it takes. This has been the mantra of the federal government when supporting Canadian families and businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to the Commercial Rent Subsidy and the Canada Recovery Student Benefit, the federal government will continue to have the backs of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The escalating third wave in Ontario requires an all-hands-on-deck approach from all three levels of government. When one level of government needs assistance, it is incumbent upon the other levels to provide it with that support. The federal government stands by that commitment, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to help support our front-line heroes and help flatten the escalating third wave here in Ontario.
To date, eight out of every 10 dollars spent in Canada to respond to the pandemic have come from the federal government. This has included support through the purchase of vaccines, personal protective equipment, rapid testing, contact tracing, and funding to help make schools safer for students and teachers.
As the Member of Parliament for Scarborough – Rouge Park, I can assure you that the federal government is watching the situation in Ontario carefully, and that we are standing by to offer the supports at our disposal to help suppress this aggressive third wave.
In April, our government announced further supports for the Province of Ontario to fight the ongoing third wave. These additional support measures include:
- Sending federal health-care workers and equipment to the front lines;
- Boosting rapid tests and working with municipalities and businesses to get them to hotspots across the province;
- Investing $84.2 million to support voluntary safe isolation sites;
- Enhancing virtual health services;
- Extending two Mobile Health Units – one in Hamilton and one in Toronto – to support the Ontario health-care system;
- Standing ready to deploy the Red Cross to help with vaccine support;
- Mobilizing departments across the federal government to find new and innovative ways to support hotspots across Ontario;
- Working with other provinces and territories to send supplies and health-care workers to Ontario;
- Providing additional therapeutic drugs to treat COVID-19 patients in hospital.
We can, and will, get through this together.
But until it is safe to meet again in person, my team will continue to provide virtual support to the residents of Scarborough – Rouge Park.
If you need assistance with any federal services, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416- 283- 1414 or via email at Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca.PHOTO: Centennial residents looking for information about COVID-19 vaccines can contact the office of MP Anandasangaree