Prime Minister Trudeau did not address the media today.

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers discussed rebuilding biomanufacturing in Canada. The federal government announced $63.5 million over five years will be provided to 68 projects as part of the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) 2020 call for proposals; this investment will help certify skilled tradespeople and prepare them to fill available jobs as the economy restarts.


Ontario is close to having 70% of northern First Nations community members vaccinated; Ontario has deemed Indigenous adults as part of the priority group for the next round of vaccinations.

Premier Ford and provincial health officials did not address the media today.

The Ontario government launched a 60-day consultation to grow the Greenbelt and help protect more of the province’s natural environment including farmlands, forests, wetlands and watersheds from future development.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are expanding Ontario’s meat processing sector by investing $127,000 to support a research initiative by Meat and Poultry Ontario (MPO).


York Region is reporting under 100 cases today; 93 confirmed cases were reported for the second time in four days.

York Region Public Health routinely conducts data quality activates to validate the information on COVID-19 cases reported in York Region; as a result of these data cleaning activities, 95 cases have been removed from the Total Confirmed Cases number on the COVID-19 in York Region dashboard as of 5 p.m. tonight; the cases were first reported between February 29, 2020 and March 6, 2020; the drop in cases does not impact the total number of fatalities reported to date in York Region.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of February 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

27,722 total confirmed cases 93 new cases* since yesterday127.3 average daily cases over past 7 days 74.2 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below) 272 total variant cases identified 5 new hospitalizations 144 confirmed cases in hospital, 19 of which are in Intensive Care393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*3 new fatalities507 total confirmed fatalities 26,240 resolved cases4.89% positivity rate** 56 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 27 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 8 Child Care Centre0 Schools; 2 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing21 Workplaces 673 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 109.2 million total cases worldwide (348,150 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 2.4 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO)831,924 total cases (2,338 new); with 21,397 related fatalities in Canada (54 new); 774,511 resolved in Canada (as of February 16 at 7 p.m.) 288,583 total cases (847 new); with 6,729 related fatalities; 270,869 resolved in Ontario


7 new cases reported today.