Job report for April indicates the Canadian economy lost almost two million jobs in April (jobless rate 13%)

· Federal government is focused on helping people and getting them back to work as quickly as possible

· As of today, 7 million people are receiving the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit

· Government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Benefit beyond June to kick-start the economy and boost job creation

o More details on this extension will be provided next week

· Minister Bains will be leading a new Industry Strategic Council to take a deep dive into effects of COVID-19 on specific sectors

o This Council will leverage expertise from economic strategy tables previously set up and industry experts

· Federal Government has announced a $500 million package for arts, culture and amateur sport to help those impacted in these sectors


The Premier thanked everyone for staying home and said we are starting to flatten the curve

· The Premier recapped the $17 billion investment the province has made in its COVID-19 response and reiterated that garden centres can open today, hardware and safety stores will open tomorrow, and on Monday, thousands of people will go back to work if they have a business with street access with curbside pick-up (retail stores, mom and pop shops)


· A dedicated page to mental health resources is available on; these resources were promoted on the Region’s social media channels

Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – In York Region as of May 8, at 5 p.m. there are:

1,797 confirmed cases 30 new cases* since yesterday72 confirmed cases in hospital, 15 of which are in Intensive Care 90 cases among health care workers, of which 63 cases have resolved (70%)

· 2 new fatalities

· 128 total confirmed deaths

886 resolved cases, which equals about 49%

· 37 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

o 18 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes

o 18 Community Care Settings

o 1 Hospital

· 12 institutional outbreaks declared over


*Data quality is an on-going process and may result, from time to time, in our reported case numbers not matching up day-over-day.

The comprehensive list of outbreaks (including the number of resident and health care worker positive cases) is available on The data can be filtered by municipality.

To access this list, select the blue drop-down menu titled Interactive Dashboard – Outbreaks in Long-Term Care and Community Care Settings

As of this morning, there are:

· 19,598 total cases (13,990 resolved); with 1,540 related deaths in Ontario

· 65,399 total cases (477 increase in last 24 hours); with 4,471 related deaths in Canada

· Over 3.76 million total cases worldwide with cases in 215 countries, areas or territories; 259,593 related deaths


5th straight day with no new cases.