Published on June 03, 2021

Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, Kaleed Rasheed passes Bill 230, honouring workers on frontlines of COVID-19 Pandemic.

TORONTO – The Province of Ontario now has a week honouring front-line and essential service workers. Kaleed Rasheed, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, tabled the legislation to proclaim the third week of March of each year as “Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week”. The week will acknowledge the contributions of the various industries that make up Ontario’s essential workforce. Bill 230 passed third reading on June 2, 2021 with unanimous consent of the House and received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021.  

The third full week of March coincides with the Ontario government’s formal declaration of a state of emergency on March 27, 2020, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second and third emergencies were declared on January 12, 2021 and April 7, 2021.

Ontario’s front-line and essential service workers have played a vital role in maintaining the flow and delivery of goods and services throughout each state of emergency and they continue to be a crucial part of the province’s economic recovery.

Front-Line and Essential Service Worker Week aims to honour and celebrate the incalculable contributions of Front-Line and Essential Service Workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will commence for the first time the week of March 21, 2022.

“The Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario (NPAO) is pleased to support Bill 230 sponsored by MPP Rasheed, that would recognize ‘Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week’.  Nurse Practitioners have been on the front lines of the pandemic across all corners of healthcare and have stepped up to ensure that the healthcare resources required by the people of Ontario are available” said Dana Cooper, Executive Director, Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario. “NPAO salutes all of the front line and essential workers that risked their, and their families, well-being to provide for the needs of Ontarians during this very challenging time.  It is appropriate to recognize their efforts."

“The Ontario Paramedic Association supports Private Member’s Bill 230 to recognize frontline and essential workers. We know first-hand that many occupations have enabled paramedics to provide life-saving medical and trauma care to 1.75 million patients throughout Ontario each year” said Darryl Wilton, President of the Ontario Paramedic Association. “Paramedics are humbled by MPP Kaleed Rashid’s bill and appreciative of all the Ontarians who have come together to support our members on the frontlines by providing us with the medications, equipment and services we also need. It has been magnificent to see so many essential workers come together so that paramedics can continue to provide high quality care on 9-1-1 emergency calls and with our Community Paramedics stationed at COVID testing sites and in Long Term Care Facilities. Thank-you Ontario for helping us help you.”

“The Police Association of Ontario, on behalf of our 46 member associations and 18,000 sworn and civilian police personnel across the province, fully supports Bill 230, which seeks to proclaim the third week of March as Front-line and Essential Service Worker’s Week,” Said Bruce Chapman, President of the Police Association of Ontario. “Such an annual gesture will serve to thank, honour and support all front-line and essential service workers – those in health and long-term care, emergency and first response, supply chain distribution and many other sectors – who have selflessly made, and continue to make, invaluable contributions to keep Ontarians healthy and safe during the worst global health crisis we’ve experienced in the past century.” 

“Ontario’s Professional fire fighters have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by doing what we always do, which is to work as safely and effectively as possible to keep our fellow citizens safe,” said Carmen Santoro, President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association. “On behalf of our 11,000 members on the front lines, I’m honoured to voice my support for Bill 230 and I thank MPP Rasheed for this recognition.”

“It is imperative that we collectively say thank you, loud and clear, to all essential workers” said Councilor Joshua Wall, Ward 5, of the City of Brantford, “We owe a profound debt of gratitude to every person who has ensured and continues to ensure our communities can continue to operate.”

“We are truly grateful for all frontline and essential workers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to ensure that Ontarians have access to essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week is a chance for all of us to say thank you for their dedication to keeping Ontario healthy, safe and moving forward. We are proud to support our frontline and essential workers.”

“Ontarians are eager to acknowledge and thank those who continue to keep our province running during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health. “I’m pleased to support this bill to recognize the contributions of all front line and essential workers, from our healthcare heroes to those who keep our grocery store shelves stocked.”

“While workers in every profession have felt the impact of COVID-19, those on the front-line are the ones who have kept Ontario running,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week will help us acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to our essential workers, letting them know our Government, and all of the province, stand with them.”

“Ontario’s front-line and essential workers have been the heroes throughout this pandemic. We’ve witnessed Ontario’s transit operators do an incredible job ensuring people can get around, and our truck drivers have ensured that Ontarians have access to the goods and services we rely on daily,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Today, our government shows our gratitude for these committed individuals through the proclamation of Front-Line and Essential Service Worker Week.”

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About Kaleed Rasheed, MPP

Kaleed Rasheed is the Member of the Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville. MPP Rasheed is a long-time community advocate, passionate about his involvement with local organizations and causes.


Kasia Kaminska - Legislative Advisor for Kaleed Rasheed, MPP
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