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Ontario introduces $17B relief package

TORONTO—Ontario introduced a $17-billion package Wednesday to support the province through the COVID-19 outbreak, including an influx of cash for the health sector, direct payments to parents, and tax breaks for businesses.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips said the government is confident that every dollar invested through the plan that saves a life or a job is a dollar well spent.

Ontario closing non-essential business

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure Monday of all non-essential businesses in the province to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

It will take effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days.

“This is not the time for half measures," Ford said. "This decision was not made lightly and the gravity of this order does not escape me.”

Ontario closing all non- essential business

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure Monday of all non-essential businesses in the province to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

It will take effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days.

“This is not the time for half measures," Ford said. "This decision was not made lightly and the gravity of this order does not escape me.”

Ontario reports more cases of COVID-19, announces $100M contingency fund Ontario reports new cases of COVID-19

The first case of COVID-19 has appeared in northern Ontario, in a Sudbury man.

He had attended the Prospector's and Developers Convention before falling ill. The Northwestern Health Unit is asking anyone who was at that conference, who develops symptoms, to self-isolate and contact the NWHU.

Ontario teachers set to stage a joint walkout for Feb. 21

TORONTO—Schools across Ontario will be closed Feb. 21 as elementary, secondary, Catholic and French teachers banded together yesterday to announce a joint strike in a bid to ramp up pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government with contract negotiations at a near standstill.

The one-day job action will leave more than two million students out of class.