Ontario-Québec Summit to Convene on Economic Recovery
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Québec Premier François Legault will convene their first-ever Ontario-Québec Summit to advance shared priorities on economic recovery and health preparedness, issues important to the people of the two provinces. The summit will take place on September 8 and September 9, 2020 in Mississauga. "As the economic heart of Canada, Ontario and Québec have often joined forces to create prosperity for the people of our two provinces," said Premier Ford. "While the path to economic recovery won't be easy, we don't have to go it alone. Our provinces must now work together at this critical juncture to help drive the country forward. I look forward to hosting Premier Legault and members of his cabinet to fast-track a shared path to recovery." Reaffirming the strong partnership between their governments, the summit will provide an opportunity for Ontario and Québec to collaborate further as they seek to rebuild their economies and help get more families and businesses back on their feet. As Canada's economic and manufacturing powerhouses, Ontario and Québec stand ready to work together to support a strong, resilient recovery for people and communities across the country. "Over the past few months, we have shown great solidarity as we have had to manage an unprecedented crisis." said Premier Legault. "We have a lot to learn from each other and collaboration between our governments will remain critical as we strive to recover our economies safely while preparing ourselves for a potential second wave." During the summit, the Premiers and Ministers will participate in a series of meetings where they will discuss key areas of cooperation. The provinces plan to work together to share lessons learned from the pandemic, accelerate economic recovery and growth by reducing barriers to international trade and promoting Ontario-made and Québec-made products, and advocate on behalf of Ontarians and Quebeckers with the federal government to provide fair, flexible and sustainable funding for important priorities, including health care, infrastructure and broadband.
The delegation of Ontario Ministers who will participate in the summit are: Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure; Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation; and Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board.
The delegation of Québec Ministers who will participate in the summit are: Éric Girard, Minister of Finance; Christian Dubé, Minister of Health; Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation; Sonia LeBel, Chair of the Conseil du Trésor and Minister Responsible for Infrastructure; and François Bonnardel, Minister of Transport.
Together, Ontario and Québec represent over 60 per cent of the country’s population.
As Canada’s economic powerhouses, Ontario and Québec generated about $1.3 trillion in GDP in 2018, representing over 58 per cent of the country’s economic activity that year.