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This Canada Day is unlike others. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is in the midst of an important conversation about the impact of residential schools and the ongoing work toward reconciliation.


Recent discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the most recent testaments to a tragedy and represent a devastating loss of Indigenous life and culture.

As we each mark Canada Day, our government encourages everyone to take the time to remember these children, mourn their loss and acknowledge the impacts of the terrible legacy of residential schools that continue today.

Our government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to work toward a better future.

Below are resources to help you learn more about indigenous people and their culture and heritage. 

I know that COVID-19 continues to change all of our lives: kids are not in school, non-essential workplaces are closed, and every story on the news is related to the virus.


The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government’s top priority.  We have implemented extraordinary measures to fight COVID-19.


Since the State of Emergency was declared, I have been sending out emails to inform you, the people of Barrie—Innisfil, of the actions we are taking.


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I know that Ontario can defeat this virus, but we all have to play our part.  Alone, no government can stop the spread of COVID-19.  Not in Ontario, or anywhere else. 


The health, safety and well-being of each one of us are truly in all of our hands.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people

  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • fever

  • new or worsening cough

  • sore throat

  • difficulty breathing/ respiratory symptoms

  • runny nose

  • fatigue

  • headache

  • joint/ body ache

  • may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains

Keep yourself and your family safe