OTTAWA, ON, October 16, 2021 / CNW / – Throughout the unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada provided significant support to provinces and territories.

The Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has confirmed that the Government of Canada approved an extension of a request for federal assistance from the province of Ontario to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes and retirement homes.

Following this extension, the Canadian Red Cross will continue to support long-term care homes and retirement homes at the request of the Ontario government up November 30, 2021, with the possibility of extending for another two months up to January 2022.

The Red Cross deployment is funded by the new Public Safety Humanitarian Workforce Program, which was put in place in the summer of 2021, following the Fall Economic Statement 2020. In the Fall Economic Statement, the government announced its intention to provide $ 150 million over two years, starting in 2021-2022, to support the Canadian Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations in building and sustaining a humanitarian workforce to provide surge capacity in response to epidemics COVID-19 and other large-scale emergencies.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Operations Center has administered more than 130 Federal Assistance Requests (RFAs), 40 of which were COVID-19-specific RFAs (including extensions) from the province. of Ontario. These requests were managed in collaboration with federal organizations such as the Department of National Defense, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canada, as well as with non-governmental partners, such as the Canadian Red Cross.


“The government of Canada is always ready to assist all provinces and territories when support is needed. We are pleased to be able to continue to help long-term care homes by Ontario in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the government of Canada, I would like to thank all the partners who responded to all levels of government, including the Canadian Armed Forces, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, as well as partners such as the Canadian Red Cross, for their commitment to caring for Canadians, especially the most vulnerable. “

– The Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Fast facts

  • Since the start of the pandemic, the Canadian Red Cross has provided 820 people to Ontario, including a total of 32 who are actively engaged in the province as of 12 october.

  • Since October 2020, the Canadian Red Cross has supported 57 long-term care homes and retirement homes with epidemic prevention aids and / or support in Ontario.

  • At one point in the past year, the Canadian Red Cross had over 300 staff active simultaneously in the field, providing support to long-term care homes and nursing homes in Ontario.

  • April to july 2020, the Canadian Armed Forces provided approximately 275 people in total to seven long-term care facilities across Ontario.

  • Two federal mobile health units have been deployed to Ontario.

  • Since July 2021, Statistics Canada supported Ontario with contact tracing calls. Statistics Canada currently makes approximately 2,870 calls per day for the province.

  • Since January 2021, the Public Health Agency of from Canada The microbiology laboratory supported Ontario with the processing of COVID-19 tests at their Winnipeg lab. To date, more than 21,000 COVID tests have been processed for the province.

  • Ontario received approximately $ 78.9 million in funding for 13 recipients to establish safe voluntary isolation sites across the province: Toronto Public Health, Peel Region Public Health, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Public Health and Emergency Services Region of Waterloo, District of Sault Ste. Married Social Services Administration Board, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Government of Ontario), City of Windsor, Saint Joseph Care group (Thunder bay), Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board, County of Hastings, Kenora District Services Board and City of Hamilton.

  • Federal departments have deployed public health officials such as epidemiologists and infection prevention control specialists to provide expertise on outbreak management. In addition, federal departments deploy health human resources (eg, nurses, screening officers) to support the province based on the needs and availability of deployable staff.

  • Since January 2021, 59 staff, including screening officers, quarantine officers and operational support staff, supported testing at airports across the province.

  • Since January 2021, five epidemiologists and an infection prevention and control specialist provided outbreak management support to the province, while three nurses provided clinical support.

  • The Government Operations Center is responsible for coordinating the government of from Canada response to emergencies, including pandemic. It supports the Public Health Agency of Canada, who is the federal government’s responsible for the response to COVID-19.

  • In Canada, emergencies are first managed at the municipal level and if they need help, they request it from their province or territory. If the emergency gets even worse, provinces or territories can get help from the federal government.

  • If a province or territory makes a formal request for federal assistance, a well-established process is in place to manage the request, through the Government Operations Center, and includes provincial / territorial and interdepartmental consultation and coordination. .

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada


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