As part of this ongoing cooperation, I am pleased to accept additional federal funding and partner as a full-fledged financial partner in key areas to support critical needs over the next six to eight months through the Safe Restart Agreement, which, including de facto federal spending, will provide more than Ontario`s $7 billion to support front-line health care and municipalities. These investments will help protect public health and safety, prepare for potential future waves of the virus, and continue to support the safe reopening of economies across Canada. Funding for the agreement will also support Ontario`s ongoing efforts to quickly manage files and track contacts to contain homes and continue to meet our goal of reaching new cases within 24 hours of receiving a positive result. Ontario will continue to build staffing capabilities (including the recruitment of federal in-kind contact tracking officers) and support infrastructure (including laboratory capacity, procurement, centralized data systems) so that we can adequately prepare for a possible increase in the number of cases in the fall. Ontario will need the federal government`s help to ensure that we can access some stocks of reagents and tests and exchange relevant information about Ontario`s supply needs. Premiers believe that these funds must be used quickly to protect the health and safety of our citizens and to make a real contribution to the recovery of the economy. In this case, appropriations for all priorities are transferred directly to Ontario pursuant to Section 60.2 (2) b) of the Federal Financial Administration Act. This one-time transfer is in addition to a September transfer for the second tranche of trial funding and is with the exception of the federal Pan-Canadian Sick Leave program and federal operating expenses for testing, contact tracking, data management and PSA. As we enter the fall and the world continues to face the effects of COVID-19, the Canadian government continues to focus on keeping Canadians safe and healthy, while continuing to ensure they have the help they need during this global health and health crisis. Canadians have been well served by the strong and collaborative efforts of Prime Ministers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All Premiers reaffirm their commitment to this approach while continuing to address their shared priority of the well-being and safety of all Canadians.
Canadians receiving long-term care, home care and palliative care have an increased risk of more severe cases of COVID-19. As the economy recovers, it is important to continue to protect and help the elderly and to provide social and health support to other vulnerable groups. “Fighting COVID-19 and revitalizing our economy safely requires a Team Canada approach. We will continue to work with the provinces and territories to keep Canadians safe and healthy, and build a stronger Canada. The agreement will also directly support Canadian workers, including safe child care, to help parents return to service. It will also provide income assistance for people without paid sick leave and will take steps to protect the most vulnerable, such as Canada`s seniors. Ontario will contribute $2.2 billion: US$1 billion for transit and $1.22 billion for municipal operating pressure that will help strengthen communities, boost jobs and the economy, and ensure critical services, including public transit, continue as the province reopens safely and gradually. These funds are intended to support a number of services and needs, including, but not only, child care is the key to COVID-19`s economic recovery in Ontario. As we prepare to reopen more businesses and services, it is essential to ensure that