Statement on the 1st Anniversary of COVID-19

Published on March 11, 2021

Today marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and drastically changed the way we live our lives. Over 7000 Ontarians have lost their lives as a result of this virus, and countless individuals and families across this province have been tragically affected by the crisis. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones.

Throughout the last year, our front-line and essential service workers have continued to serve our communities and ensure our province can continue to run as smoothly as possible. I am thankful to every individual person who has stepped up to make a difference in our lives.

A few weeks ago my family welcomed my second son into our household. Hamza Rasheed was born at Trillium Health Partners Hospital in Mississauga, as were all my children. Throughout my wife, Sofiya’s pregnancy and birth, the staff at Trillium went above and beyond to care for my wife and developing child to ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth. When the big day came, the team at Trillium once again performed with the utmost care, professionalism and compassion to safely deliver my baby boy.

I want to express my most heartfelt gratitude to all the healthcare professionals who are on the front-lines every day, caring for and supporting our most vulnerable.

The people of Ontario have been working so hard to slow the spread of COVID-19 and bring us out of the first and second waves of this unprecedented pandemic. All across this great province, we have seen the kindness and perseverance of people who believe in supporting one another through difficult times.

I know that the past year has been extremely challenging, and we must all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and support one another through these difficult times. I remain hopeful and optimistic that with our vaccination roll-out ramping up across the province, there is hope on the horizon for everyone.




Kaleed Rasheed, MPP
Mississauga East-Cooksville