28 January 2020 – Government issues statement pertaining to safety for Canadian students

Type of Intervention: Guidance, New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Education, Health
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Christine Elliot (Ontario Minister of Health), Ross Romano (Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities), Dr. David Williams (Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health), Dr. Barbara Yaffe (Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health)

Overview: The Ontario government issued a statement pertaining to steps being taken to ensure safety of Canadian students. The announcement discussed Ontario’s Chief and Associate Chief Medical Officers of Health strategy for keeping educational leaders informed on the province’s protocols for monitoring, detecting, and containing cases of COVID-19. The strategy includes regular contact and updates and the implementation of a dedicated webpage to keep students and the general public informed on how to protect themselves and what to do if they may be at risk.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/01/ontario-government-protecting-students-from-emerging-issue-of-the-2019-novel-coronavirus.html

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – other, Sub-national, Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health
Evidence/Justification: Evidence for development of the webpage and strategy to ensure consistent communication between health and education sectors is based in close collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Chief and Associate Chief Medical Officers of Health. No other formal justification is given for this strategy or development.