In addition to the price drop, the province will extend a moratorium on disconnecting hydro customers until July 31.
"This is a very tough decision, but it is the right decision". "This is not the time for half-measures".
Ford made the announcement this afternoon, saying the decision was not an easy one. The gravity of this order does not escape me.
Mr. Ford recently said that "relief" is coming to Ontario families who are staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that his government wants to give people flexibility during hard times. Quebec public health director Horacio Arruda said Quebecers must stay home. "We must get ahead of this and we will", said Ford.
The Ontario Construction Consortium (OCC) said Ford must shutter construction sites across Ontario for 14 days.
The cost to the government will be steep though - an estimated $162 million for the 45-day project, but it could go higher.
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During a television address to the nation, he said: "We will slow down the country's productive engine, but we will not stop it". And in neighbouring New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that the disruption is likely to last for months, not weeks .
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Moving forward, non-Disney storefronts at the sites "will make decisions on whether to continue or adjust operations", per the company.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier Monday that images of people out enjoying the sunshine in large groups was "extremely concerning", and said, "Enough is enough".
To support Ontarians through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Government of Ontario is providing immediate electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use (TOU) rates.
"We are pleased to see the province and industry respond to the needs of our customers during these hard and unprecedented times", said Robert Mace, president and CEO of Synergy North.
An economic update being introduced Wednesday by the finance minister in lieu of a full budget will include compensation for businesses, Ford said.
"As Premier Ford announced [yesterday], the construction workers of this province should not be expected to work on job sites where the basic safety requirements for COVID-19 are not being met", said Tony Iannuzzi, the executive secretary treasurer of the carpenters' union.
Bombardier Inc.is temporarily halting production in Canada and suspending its 2020 financial forecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.