Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, spoke on Thursday about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, including as a result of the Omicron variant of concern.
They also discussed the strong, additional public health measures announced by the federal and provincial governments this week, and the plans going forward to keep people safe and healthy and help stop the spread of the virus and its variants.
The prime minister and the premier agreed on the importance of continuing to collaborate closely on rapid tests and booster shots.
The two leaders agreed to continue working together to quickly reach an agreement on early learning and child care for the benefit of Ontario families.
Trudeau and Ford spoke about the need for collaboration on housing, including when it comes to increasing the supply of affordable housing, and looked forward to discussing further at the Ontario Housing Affordability Summit now taking place in January.
The call dwelt with also the implications of the United States’ Build Back Better Act, Canada’s work to vigorously defend its national interests, and the potential for economic growth as a result of the production of electric vehicles and batteries in Ontario.
The two leaders also discussed Ontario’s desire to welcome more skilled immigrants into the province, as well as health care and the importance of funding and accountability to deliver for Canadians.
The Prime Minister and Premier agreed to continue working together on these and other issues of importance to both governments.