Ontario premier Doug Ford to make announcement this afternoon

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TORONTO —
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement this afternoon.

The premier will be joined by the President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy and the province’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe at the news conference, which will be held at Queen’s Park.

About Ontario
Ontario is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. Located in Central Canada, it is Canada’s most populous province, with 38.3 percent of the country’s population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is the fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation’s capital city, Ottawa, and the nation’s most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario’s provincial capital.
Ontario is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, and Quebec to the east and northeast, and to the south by the U.S. states of (from west to east) Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Almost all of Ontario’s 2,700 km (1,678 mi) border with the United States follows inland waterways: from the westerly Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence River drainage system. These include Rainy River, Pigeon River, Lake Superior, St. Marys River, Lake Huron, St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall. There is only about 1 km (0.6 mi) of land border, made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border.Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontario’s population and arable land is in the south. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and heavy forestation.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford to make announcement this afternoon

About Premier
Premier is a title for the head of government in some countries, states and sub-national governments. A second in command to a premier is designated as a vice-premier or deputy premier.

The announcement is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

CTVNewsToronto.ca will carry it live as soon as it begins.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford to make announcement this afternoon

The announcement comes one day after the province unveiled its plan for students to return to school come September.

The plan sees all elementary school students return full-time with no decrease in class sizes. Secondary schools in designated boards will open on an adapted model, with class cohorts of approximately 15 students. The other school boards will be allowed to reopen for classes five days per week with full attendance.

Students in Grade 4 to 12 will be required to wear masks while indoors while those in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged.

An additional $309 million will be provided to help schools boards respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said.