COVID-19: Ontario premier announces support for education-related expenses – November 30, 2020
At a news conference in Vaughan, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and provincial cabinet ministers Stephen Lecce (education) and Rod Phillips (finance) make an announcement and provide an update on their government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined by Vaughan Mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua. This update comes as tougher restrictions take effect in five Ontario regions, including Windsor-Essex which is moving into the red alert level. Premier Ford announces a new program aimed at providing financial relief for families facing education-related expenses during the pandemic. The new Support for Learners program, valued at $380 million, will provide direct one-time payments of $200 for each child aged 12 or less, or $250 for a child or youth aged 0 to 21, who has special needs. The premier also mentions that he is still not satisfied with the federal government’s plan for the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. He is still waiting for important information from Ottawa regarding the date vaccines are expected to arrive in Ontario.