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This is the full text of the Alliance's 2021 Ontario Budget submission, as presented to the government earlier this year.

January 14, 2021

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Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the evidence has become clear: paid sick leave is essential to protecting our province from the catastrophic impacts of unchecked virus transmission, and its toll on marginalized populations.

The Alliance for Healthier Communities stands in solidarity with Indigenous peoples across Canada and demands urgent action from the federal government to ensure access to clean drinking water in all First Nations and Inuit communities. Urgent action means:

The Alliance for Healthier Communities provides team-based health and social services, under one roof and close to home, for Ontario’s most marginalized residents. Our 106 Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics have demonstrated our ability to help the province meet the complex challenge of ending hallway healthcare with a focus on health equity and community wellbeing.

We are deeply concerned about Ontario’s COVID-19 testing strategy. As the second wave progresses, COVID cases are once again on the rise. 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Hadju, Minister Wilkinson and Minister Freeland;

There is much to be proud of in Canada’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our public, our healthcare system, our public health system, and our governments have worked together to make courageous and challenging decisions that prioritize health, save lives, and keep people safe.

This week, parents and caregivers in many of these communities will be asked again whether they plan to enrol their children in person or online. But for most this is not a real choice.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Healthier Communities, I invite you to share with us in issuing an enthusiastic welcome to our new Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Hobbs

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