Ford to make an announcement with minister of labour today

Jun 24 2020, 7:14 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement with Labour Minister  Monte McNaughton today.

On Wednesday, the pair will lay out a plan to keep farmers and workers protected from COVID-19 and to help Windsor-Essex get into the next stage of reopening.

On Tuesday, the premier said that he is “100% behind our farmers” but that he needs their help as well.

“We must make sure testing is available to farmers and workers.”  

Ford repeated that if farmers or workers are worried they may have the coronavirus, or been exposed to it, they must go and get tested.

He said that a plan to protect workers and farmers and to get Windsor-Essex on track to join the rest of the province in Stage 2 will be announced Wednesday.

“I am asking the farmers to cooperate and ensure testing is available.”

Ford added that if tested positive, while going through the 14-days isolation period, workers are eligible for workplace safety and insurance, so there are “no excuses.”

On Monday, Ford announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region could enter Stage 2 of reopening on June 24, leaving Windsor-Essex as the only region to remain in Stage 1.

Ford and McNaughton will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams and Chief Coroner for Ontario Dr. Dirk Huyer.

The daily briefing will be held at 1 pm at Queen’s Park.