Canada surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 cases

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry; the registry allows Canadians to identify employers using the wage subsidy to support jobs.

The federal government suspended flights from the United Kingdom into Canada for 72 hours.

The Royal Canadian Legion announced Legion branches will receive support through the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.


The Ontario government announced a province-wide shutdown effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Provincial health officials provided updated modelling data and projections.

The province announced a new Ontario Small Business Support Grant to provide a one-time grant of up to $20,000 for eligible businesses during the province-wide shutdown.

The Ontario government announced Markham-Stouffville Hospital will provide enhanced support to Faith Manor Nursing Home, a Brampton nursing home battling a COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario is seeking public input on plan to improve and protect Lake Simcoe.

City of Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement on behalf of the Mayors and Chairs indicating they continue to urge the provincial and federal governments to provide sick leave benefits for employees who test positive and for additional supports for small businesses:


York Region through York Link shared information on the new Ontario Business Support Grant.

York Region’s COVID-19 vaccine web page has been updated with information about fraudulent vaccines and treatment as well as FAQs York Region shared Alberta’s COVID Loves campaign holiday video.

In his weekly video update, Dr.Kurji discusses the outbreak from a birthday party in Vaughan and the importance of only celebrating the holidays with your immediate household.

York Region and York Regional Police concluded its 2019-2020 employee fundraising campaign with a $1,025,000 donation to United Way Greater Toronto.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of December 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

15,186 total confirmed cases 252 new cases* since yesterday215.0 average daily cases over past 7 days 125.4 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below)6 new hospitalizations 98 confirmed cases in hospital, 22 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*No new fatalities 335 total confirmed fatalities 13,528 resolved cases 5.85% positivity rate** 78 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 30 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 2 Child Care Centre10 Schools; 63 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 36 Workplaces 430 closed outbreaks

*Data quality is an on-going process and may result in the more/less cases reported on a day-over-day basis or other changes to how cases are classified (e.g., municipality, acquisition, etc.). These data quality activities have also resulted in the re-categorization of individuals. Data quality activities do not increase or decrease total case counts.

**The daily COVID-19 Council Update includes the 7-day average daily case numbers, cases per 100K population, new hospitalizations and positivity rate (positivity rate refers to the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among all individuals being tested for COVID-19).


As of this morning, there are:

More than 75.7 million total cases worldwide (575,551 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.6 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 507,795 total cases (6,203 new); with 14,228 related fatalities in Canada (74 new); 416,708 resolved in Canada (as of December 20 at 7 p.m.) 158,053 total cases (2,123 new); with 4,167 related fatalities; 134,867 resolved in Ontario


5 new cases reported today, however our Active cases remain at 29.