Transport Canada has confirmed that two air travellers have been fined for presenting fake COVID-19 pre-departure tests when arriving in Toronto.
With COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Canada ramping up, the Ontario government will start deploying mobile vaccination units to in Toronto, York and Peel. Beginning on Friday, May 7, an initial rollout of up to five mobile units is planned, with each public health unit deciding the small to medium-sized businesses where these units will be deployed. The province has indicated that there is the possibility of expanding the program to 15 units, once it is fully established.
Canada is the first country to authorize the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15.
As some countries begin to think about vaccine passports or certifications to resume international travel, Canada's prime minister is teasing that the country has plans to use a similar approach. "As people start to travel again, perhaps this summer if everything goes well, it would make sense for us to align with partners around the world on some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We are now working with allies, particularly in Europe, on that."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's message to Canadians is to "make sure you get your shot as soon as it’s your turn," while the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) calls mRNA COVID-19 vaccines the "preferred vaccine."
Canada' National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending that Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine be offered to individuals age 30 and older, without contraindications.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford can't agree on border restrictions as COVID-19 variants emerge.
The Ontario government announced that 50 per cent of the province's vaccine supply will be allocated to hot spot areas for the weeks of May 3 and May 10.
New data shows that Ontario's COVID-19 cases are "cresting at very high level" but the province is still in a "precarious" position. "It's a very cautious hope, it's just the cresting of the cases," Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said on Thursday. "It's a little bit of hope but it's not the time to let up yet." "The number of cases is still very, very high."
The Ontario government announced that anyone age 18 and older will be able to book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May through the provincial system, as early as the week of May 24.
Ontario’s hot spots - areas labelled as having a high number of COVID-19 cases - are being monitored closely by medical experts and citizens alike, which has led to some criticism of how they are determined.
Ontario announced an amendment to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to move some patients out of hospitals and into long-term care or retirement homes to make space for COVID-19 patients, even without consent.
Less than a week after the federal government announced a travel ban for passenger flights from India and Pakistan for at least 30 day, Ontario's top doctors warn these border restrictions may not go far enough. At a press conference on Monday, Dr. David Williams, Ontario chief medical officer of health, indicated that there have been concerns throughout the pandemic related to importation and spread of COVID-19 from international destinations, especially now that more variants of concern have been identified.
Paid sick leave continues to be a contentious point of discussion in Ontario, with the provincial government now offering to double the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), if administered by the federal government.
Following the confirmation that 13-year-old Emily Victoria Viegas from Brampton, Ont., the daughter of an essential worker, died from COVID-19, a GoFundMe page was created and now totals more than $90,000 in donations to support her family. The donations come after a flurry of support for the family amid Ontario's dark COVID-19 saga, but act as no replacement for a young life lost. "With a heavy heart I regret to announce the passing of Emily Victoria Viegas the 13-year-old daughter of our good friend Carlos Viegas," the post on the page reads.
Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table has released "the way forward" for the province to strategically manage the COVID-19 pandemic, with a list of six things that will reduce COVID-19 transmission, protect the health system, and allow the province to re-open safely, while outlining three policy considerations that will not be effective.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), based on the current evidence, is recommending that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine may be offered to individuals 30 years of age and older, without contraindications.
New Canadian modelling data, presented by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and Dr. Howard Njoo, the deputy chief public health officer, shows that Canada could see public health restrictions safely loosened this summer.
Ontario has confirmed its first case of a rare blood clot in a 60-year-old male patient after the individual received the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Dirk Huyer, coordinator of the provincial outbreak response and Chief Coroner for Ontario, revealed at a press conference on Thursday that approximately two people per day in the past two weeks have been dying from COVID-19 in the community, because their infection progressed too quickly to seek health care. "We have been seeing a number of people dying in the community outside of the hospital, which is new, unfortunate and sad," Dr. Huyer said. "Many of these people are found deceased."
The Canadian government has introduced a travel ban for passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days due to growing concerns around the spread of COVID-19 variants.
On Thursday morning, while isolating after a workplace COVID-19 exposure, Ontario Premier Doug Ford apologized after the provincial government "moved too fast" to introduce new restriction for outdoor space and increasing policing powers last week. "Last Friday, in response to extremely troubling modelling that told us we could see well over 15,000 cases a day, we moved fast to put measures in place to reduce mobility, but we moved too fast," Ford said. "I know that some of those measures, especially around enforcement, they went too far."
It’s been a catastrophic few days for Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, with calls for the premier to resign growing amidst a COVID-19 third wave response which has been criticized by politicians, journalists and medical experts.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been told "we're all in this together" and we all must do our part to collectively combat the virus. That concept of working together to beat COVID-19 is epitomized in a community called Vaccine Hunters Canada, a group of four core members and four contributors who all volunteer their time to alert the public to any available appointments for COVID-19 vaccines.
Canada looking at a COVID-19 "variant of interest" out of India as Canadians continue to work through the third wave of the pandemic.