Ford held a news conference in Etobicoke Thursday while in isolation after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 earlier this week, after a staffer in his office tested positive for the virus.
"Because I want workers to know as I have right from the beginning, I will always have your back", he said. "I know we got it wrong, I know we made a mistake and for that, I'm sorry and I sincerely apologize".
"The Conservative government led by Doug Ford consistently voted down opposition motions, both ours and those of the NDP today, to provide the kind of science-based supports that will help the people of this province get through this third wave", Del Duca said.
Ford did not say when the government will make its announcement about paid sick leave. Ford must pass paid sick days, close non-essential businesses, and send vaccines to hotspots.More news: Indonesian Navy searches for missing submarine with 53 people on board
Members of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table expressed dismay and accused the Ford government of ignoring its calls for paid sick days as the number of infections balloon.
His ministers have said a provincial policy would fill "gaps" in a federal benefit, including reducing wait times for funds, expanding eligibility, and providing time off to get vaccinated.
Doug Ford choked up talking about how people were angry after his government increased police enforcement powers and closed playgrounds last Friday, decisions which have since been reversed.
"There is no other province in the country that will be better than the program we will be laying out", said Ford.More news: Oxygen runs low in India as hospitals battle virus 'storm'
Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said those conversations are ongoing and changes to the border are coming imminently.
"The operational changes announced today are created to better ensure the health and safety of all, to minimize delays and/or hazards for travellers, and to ensure essential workers can get to their places of employment on time".
The government has been increasingly under fire for not implementing its own paid sick day program as Ontario's health-care system is struggling to combat the virus. "Let me be clear, when it comes to protecting lives, protecting our hospitals and our people we can't waver", said Ford.
Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020.More news: Oxford researchers launch human challenge trial to study Covid reinfection
It only took him three months to do it - or three months, at least, since local governments and health officials started calling for paid leave to slow the spread of viral variants which are now ravaging many essential workplaces. She also says there are 279 new cases in Ottawa and 200 in Durham Region.