COVID-19: What you need to know for June 17

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 17, 2020



This article was last updated at 3:20 p.m. reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Here's what Ontarians need to know. 


  • Per today's government report, there are 190 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 32,744 since the pandemic began; 383 people are in hospital, 92 of them in intensive care and 65 on ventilators. To date, 2,550 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 72 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,359 confirmed cases in residents, and 2,097 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,636 confirmed resident deaths and six confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $10 million in emergency assistance for beef and hog farmers. "The funding will help cover the increased costs of feeding market ready cattle and hogs due to COVID-19 related processing delays, while redirecting surplus pork products to help those in need," a press release states.

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  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that, starting June 1, some national parks will begin offering limited visitor access and basic services.

  • The Ford government will introduce legislation today banning commercial evictions, retroactive to May 1, 2020. A news release from the house leader's office says that the Tories have the support of the Liberals and Green MPPs and are asking for the New Democrats to support its quick passage later today.

  • A team of researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children has released a number of recommendations for how Ontario’s schools can reopen safely in September. It mentions a number of measures that are already familiar, including physical distancing and hand hygiene, although it does not recommend mandatory masks for students. It also emphasizes that parents and educators need to pay attention to children’s mental health as well as to their physical health.

  • The Ontario government has extended all current emergency orders until June 30.

  • The provincial government is considering granting businesses some protection from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19, CBC News reports. Organizations — including health-care providers — could avoid liability if they could argue that they had inadvertently spread the virus while acting in good faith.

  • The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is asking Ottawa for $165 million to help Black business owners who don't qualify for other pandemic relief programs, CTV News reports.

  • A ParticipACTION report card gives Canadian children and youth a D+ for "Overall Physical Activity" and suggests that young Canadians are spending less time outside and more time in front of screens during the pandemic. 

  • The Ontario government says that auto-insurance companies will be providing $650 million in rebates and premium reductions to the province’s drivers. According to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, policy holders should get an average reduction of about $150, CTV News reports.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 86 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 13,588 since the pandemic began; 284 of them are in hospital and 75 in intensive care. To date, there have been 161 institutional outbreaks. In total, 998 people have died.

  • Fourteen employees at a Home Depot in Richmond Hill have tested positive, CP24 reports.

  • Eatonville Care Centre in Etobicoke says that members of the Canadian Armed Forces have now left the facility, CTV News reports. Members of the military had been at the home since April 27.

  • Many restaurants in Hamilton and Niagara Region are applying to local officials for the ability to expand their patios and/or block traffic on certain streets.The St. Catharines Standard reports that some owners are finding expansion expensive but hope it will boost their struggling businesses. In Hamilton, where street closures are being considered, the Hamilton Spectator reports that two-thirds of affected businesses must agree to move forward before an application will be considered.

  • Interpreters are organizing to support migrant workers who need help understanding COVID-19 information. An organizer told Niagara This Week that volunteers from across Ontario are standing by to help if needed. Farmers will pay $50 for interpreter services, but they will be free for workers.


  • Two more Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) members have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the CBC reports.

  • Hiawatha First Nation says that it is in the initial opening phase and remains two to three weeks behind the provinces guidelines. 


  • The City of Thunder Bay has identified almost $5 million in savings, TBNewswatch reports. Mayor Bill Mauro has previously said that the pandemic could create a $13 million gap in the city's 2020 budget.
  • More services — including the purchasing of parking permits and the issuing of marriage licences — will be available at Timmins city hall as of today.


  • Employees at three national museums in Ottawa have agreed to several weeks of unpaid leave in order to avoid layoffs, the CBC reports.

  • The field at Ottawa's TD Place will be turned into a "drive-on" movie theatre for four nights this week. Fewer than 100 cars will be allowed on the field to watch each night, CTV Ottawa reports.

  • The Carp Agricultural Society has cancelled this September's Carp Fair, which would have been the 157th edition of the annual event, CTV Ottawa reports.


  • Summer day camps will proceed in London but in a modified form, the city has announced.

  • Meaford Hall has suspended its summer theatre program until next year because of COVID-19, Blackburn News reports.

  • The Grand Theatre in London has announced that it has postponed its 2020/2021 season. "We would rather be safe than sorry,” Dennis Garnhum, the theatre's artistic director, said in a news release.

  • An e-scooter pilot in Windsor has been delayed because of COVID-19 emergency measures, the CBC reports.

  • A report slated to be presented to the Middlesex-London Board of Health on Thursday indicates that 27 per cent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified as a visible minority. More than a quarter of those diagnosed had an annual household income of less than $60,000.

  • The Region of Waterloo's acting medical officer of health tells the CBC that she will consult with area businesses about what they want to see in terms of the use of face masks.

  • The City of Windsor has proposed establishing an “isolation and recovery centre” for migrant farm workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Windsor Star reports.

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