Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday that the provincial government will have make an announcement on Wednesday about the the regions still in Stage 2 of reopening, Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex.
“My heart breaks for those folks in Essex, man they’re getting a tough time of it, but we’re going to help them try to move into Stage 3 as quickly as possible,” Ford said.
This comes as the Ontario government revealed that a new long-term care home will be built at Lakeridge Health’s Ajax Pickering Hospital in the months to come.
“Government after government failed to make the necessary investments in our long-term care homes and that ends now, Ford said in a statement. “With our new modernized funding model and this innovative pilot program, we will get shovels in the ground faster on these critical projects and ensure more seniors get the quality care they deserve.”
“I won’t rest until every senior in Ontario has a safe and comfortable place to call home.”
Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton said the staffing issue at these facilities has been “front of mind” and “many lessons” have been learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.