QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett played a role in highlighting the province’s Fall Preparedness Plan during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature today.   

“Premier, as you indicated, the trends we’re seeing are deeply concerning, with cases doubling over the past two weeks. By mid-October, Ontario could see 1,000 new cases a day,” Barrett said.  “Speaker, can the Premier please share with the Legislature our Fall Preparedness Plan?”  

“This is a plan informed by the best medical minds in the entire country, informed by the chief medical officer and the health table,” Premier Ford responded. “As I was saying earlier, we’re investing over $2.8 billion in our COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan.   

“These hours are staggering. We’re adding 484,000 hours of nursing and therapy visits—these are staggering numbers—and 1.4 million hours for personal support workers.” The Premier announced later in the day that 3,700 health care workers were being added.   

Reiterating the seriousness of the second wave, Barrett stressed, “The actions are simple, as we know, to control the spread: physical distancing, wear a mask, stay home if you’re sick, get a flu shot and look after our elderly and our vulnerable.   

Highlighting efforts already done to secure a supply of PPE, Barrett asked for an update on the supply levels for the province going into the fall.    

Premier Ford outlined some of the plants he had toured, mentioning one supplier alone had 39 million pieces of PPE in stock. He talked to employees working tremendous amounts of overtime.   

“They were so proud of the job they were doing, the contribution they were doing,” Ford said. “It was a 1.1 million square-foot building. And this building was just for the schools, the 72 school boards that we’re supplying, and they were shipping around the clock. They’re working seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”   

Ford lauded the efforts from all the manufacturers to pitch in and fill the need.   

“We have more PPE to support not only Ontario but the rest of the country,” he said.   

 For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446