Premier Ford doesn’t want to shut down businesses as the number of cases spike

Published On October 20, 2020 | By Liliia Smichenko | Business, News

Premier Ford said that they are not planning to shut down all small businesses in Toronto because of few “bad actors” at a live conference Oct.7 where they announced an investments in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

He said his office is going to target the people who are not following protocols according to the situation and apply fines, instead of damaging small businesses in Toronto.

“I can’t put 76,000 people in their livelihoods and just shut them down, they’re barely holding on by their fingernails right now,” Ford said.

Ford said that such a decision also can create mental health issues, which was the main topic of the conference.

During the conference, Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced that the government is investing $633 million to fund two new CAMH buildings.

“This project is truly impressive and demonstrates what we can achieve when government, hospitals, and community partners work together,” Elliott said.

This investment is part of the government plan to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years in Ontario’s Mental Health and Addiction System.

“Our government knows that you simply can’t have health without mental health, and by making these investments today, we’re building our system for the future,” said Minister of Health Michael Tibollo.

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