In a bid to increase health care capacity and to support frontline workers, the Ontario government is providing an additional $3.3 billion in funding, which will aid in taking immediate action in increasing the number of testing centers and improve testing procedures, and increase the number of critical care beds and protective equipment for frontline workers.
Titled Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19, the plan includes $2.1 billion in new and urgent funding to limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as $1.2 billion to continue the government’s long-term plan on building a health care system for patients as and when the requirements arise.
Premier Doug Ford said: “Our government will spare no expense to protect the health and safety of our frontline health care workers.”. Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, added: “Ontario’s historic investments to dramatically expand hospital capacity and support the heroes working on the frontlines of our health care system will ensure we are able to respond to the growing challenge of COVID-19 and protect the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians.”.
“We are all so proud of the health care professionals on the frontlines of this global pandemic.”, said Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “They can be confident that, whatever happens, they will have the resources they need to protect the people of Ontario.”
Our government’s number one priority is the health and safety of the people of Ontario. That's why we’re allocating an additional $3.3B to support frontline workers and increase healthcare capacity in response to the #COVID19 pandemic.
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— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) March 26, 2020
The $3.3 billion includes the initial investment of $304 million, which was a measure put in place to respond to the outbreak with new assessment centers for screening and testing along with protective gear for frontline workers and first responders.