Minister Trudeau expressed confidence all Canadians who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to do so by September 2021.

Starting today will be updated every Friday afternoon to include information about adverse events following immunization.


Premier Ford, ministers and health officials provided a grim COVID-19 update as cases surge in Ontario with a record-breaking 4,249 cases;

Premier Ford indicated new modelling data will be released next week, suggested the numbers paint a severe reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and alluded to further provincial restrictions and an extension of the provincewide shutdown.

Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli, issued a statement regarding December’s employment numbers release by Statistics Canada.


Mayors representing smaller urban communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area called on the federal government to restrict foreign travel during the pandemic.

A statement honouring the first anniversary of Ukraine flight 752 crash was issued; flags at York Region’s Administrative Centre were lowered to half-mast.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of January 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

20,502 total confirmed cases 476 new cases* since yesterday 343.0 average daily cases over past 7 days 200.0 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below)17 new hospitalizations 145 confirmed cases in hospital, 24 of which are in Intensive Care 354 cases among health care workers, of which 352 cases have resolved*8 new fatalities 386 total confirmed fatalities 17,580 resolved cases 12.83% positivity rate** 77 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 44 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)2 Child Care Centre0 Schools; 3 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 31 Workplaces 518 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 86.7 million total cases worldwide (771,527 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.8 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 635, 134 total cases (8,341 new); with 16,579 related fatalities in Canada (210 new); 538,267 resolved in Canada (as of January 7 at 7 p.m.) 208,394 total cases (4,249 new); with 4,882 related fatalities; 175,309 resolved in Ontario


9 new cases reported today, however our active cases drop to 50