• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Opens COVID-19 Isolation Centres in Hardest Hit Communities

January 22, 2021

The Ontario government is announcing today that COVID-19 isolation centres are opening this week in Oshawa and Brampton and two isolation centres serving the City of Toronto are expanding. These new centres and expansions are in addition to existing centres in the City of Ottawa, and the regions of Peel and Waterloo. This is part of the province's investment of up to $42 million under the High Priority Communities Strategy to help people in some of the hardest hit neighborhoods self-isolate and keep their families and communities safe. All new and expanded centers are expected to be open by the end of January 2021. "We know that some communities have been more affected by COVID-19 than others, and many people face barriers to finding a safe place to self-isolate in order to keep their families and communities safe," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Isolation centres will provide these people with the supports they need while they are self-isolating." COVID-19 isolation centres provide a range of wraparound supports and services, including meals, security, transportation, and links to health and social services. In the coming weeks, Ontario will help create up to 1,525 additional beds for safe isolation with 125 beds in Durham, up to 840 beds in Peel, up to 280 beds in Toronto and up to 280 beds in York. Ontario's High Priority Communities Strategy includes community outreach and increased testing, plus connecting indiv