Ontario state of emergency extended

Doug Ford during a press conference (Screen grab via Premier of Ontario YouTube)

Premier Doug Ford says he hopes it will be the last time, but the state of emergency in Ontario has been extended again.

The state of emergency was extended to July 15 after a vote in the Legislature on Wednesday morning. According to a statement from the Office of the Premier, the extension will give the province “additional time, flexibility, and the necessary tools to safely and gradually allow more places to reopen, while continuing to support frontline health care providers in the fight against COVID-19.”

“As we gradually and safely reopen our economy, our frontline care providers can continue to rely on these emergency orders to better protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizens and provide the flexibility to put resources where they’re needed most,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are hopeful that another extension of the Declaration of Emergency will not be needed as we see improvements in the public health trends and as people and businesses continue to act responsibly and adapt to the new environment.”

The announcement came the same day as Toronto and the Peel Region moved into Stage 2 of the re-opening of the economy. As of June 24, Windsor-Essex is the only region in the province still in Stage 1. However, Premier Ford is expected to speak on Wednesday afternoon about how the region can move into Stage 2.