18 April 2020 – Government creates $20mil fund for medical research, tools and resources to combat COVID-19

Type of Intervention: Other Announcement
Sectors Involved: Health, Research and Development
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier (Doug Ford), Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (Vic Fedeli), Minister of Colleges and Universities (Ross Romano)

Overview: The government of Ontario is investing $20 million to advance medical research, develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through implementation of the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. This investment is part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. Researchers can submit their innovative proposals through the new Ontario Together website.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/province-calls-for-innovative-solutions-to-combat-covid-19.html

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Type of Justification: No justification given
Evidence/Justification: No specific evidence is given for this investment. The justification for the investment is to advance research and develop tools and resources to create innovative solutions for the COVID-19 response. Essentially, this investment is to support Ontario’s Action Plan.