In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the risk of infection to Ontario residents, Premier Doug Ford, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, today announced the launch of the Ontario Together Fund.
The $50 million fund launched by the Ontario government is an investment to help businesses provide innovative solutions or restructure their operations to produce medical supplies such as gloves, protective suits, masks, ventilators and other testing equipment. Businesses can submit their proposals through the Ontario Together website.
During these challenging times, the #OntarioSpirit is shining stronger than ever. We can’t rely on traditional supply chains, but there’s nothing that we can’t make right here in Ontario. Today we announced $50 million to help companies help Ontario. https://t.co/FnoktHcbik pic.twitter.com/DSVt9gbOEi
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 1, 2020
“This mass mobilization of government, business, communities and private citizens to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe and healthy represents one of the largest and most ambitious efforts undertaken by Ontario in generations.”, said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
The time sensitive funding will be available as a one-time $50 million provision by the government and will be routed to the most viable proposal that can supply critical goods and services to aid frontline workers in an innovative plan.
“The Ontario Together Fund will help enable our business community to provide the supplies and equipment our frontline heroes need as they continue to keep Ontarians safe.”, said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, adding that the fight against COVID-19 is challenging, especially for businesses, but can be effectively countered if the full potential of Ontario’s innovators is harnessed and deployed together.