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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Huron-Bruce MPP Says Emergency Bill Will Protect Workers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Huron-Bruce | by Fadi Didi  

Lisa Thompson says bill will provide leave for employees in isolation, allow municipalities to hold council meetings electronically.

The MPP for Huron-Bruce says emergency legislation passed at Queen's Park will help protect jobs along the coast of Lake Huron during the COVID-19 outbreak, and empower municipalities.

Lisa Thompson was among only 26 MPPs present at Queen's Park last week, where a bill was passed, providing job-protected leave for employees who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

Thompson tells us the legislation also empowers municipalities to meet electronically for previously scheduled council meetings.

As for measures being taken to support Huron-Bruce businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak, Thompson says more will be unveiled in the coming days.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips is expected to provide an economic and fiscal update Wednesday, instead of the Doug Ford government's 2020 budget.

Phillips' update will be based on the province's understanding of how the COVID-19 outbreak is effecting the economy.

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