Ontario Legislature Passes Budget Bill to Protect Health and Jobs

Apr 27th, 2021
By Britney Hope

As provinces across the country continue to battle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the introduction of more contagious variants of concern, the Ontario legislature has passed Bill 269, Protecting the People of Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021 and enacted into law the next phase of the province’s ongoing response.

Additional highlights of Ontario's plan include:

  • Making it safer to re-engage with workplaces, businesses and communities with $2.3 billion for testing and contact tracing.
  • Protecting frontline heroes and vulnerable people with $1.4 billion for personal protective equipment, including more than 315 million masks and more than 1.2 billion gloves.
  • Investing an additional $5.1 billion to support hospitals since the pandemic began, creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds. This includes $1.8 billion in 2021-22 to continue providing care for COVID-19 patients, address surgical backlogs and keep pace with patient needs.

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