The economic toll of the fight against COVID-19 in Ontario is clearer today.
Statistics Canada released its monthly job numbers showing 402,800 people in Ontario lost their jobs in March. About one million nationwide were without work. Statistics Canada expects that number to rise in April.
The provincial government is setting up an Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to prepare to restart the economy.
“Health is number one priority,” says Premier Doug Ford. “Once we’ve taken care of people’s health we can get the economy going again.”
Finance Minister Rod Phillips will lead the group which will focus on job creation, opportunities for growth and protecting the province from future threats.