"And we need them".
At a news conference at Queen's Park on Tuesday, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is launching a new online portal to connect health care providers with skilled health care workers, including foreign-trained physicians.
Ford said on Friday, April 3 that he and Ontario will never rely on Trump or any other head of state for supplies again after the USA stopped manufacturer 3M from sending vital N95 masks north of the border.
The masks are being made by The Woodbridge Group and the Auto Parts Manufacturers' Association.
"Delays in global shipments and recent restrictions at the USA border have severely strained Ontario's inventory and left the province with roughly a one-week supply of critical PPE".
3M and the USA government "worked together to ensure that this plan does not create further humanitarian implications for countries now fighting the COVID-19 outbreak", the company said in a statement that emerged on the heels of Trump's latest marathon briefing at the White House.
He also said the province's stock of personal protective equipment would run out in a week.
Freeland said on Tuesday that this is the result of Canada's messaging about the interdependence of the two countries. That prediction comes after the Premier accused President Donald Trump of halting a huge shipment of three million masks to Canada last week. "We have people donating every single day, but if you're asking me is today better than yesterday, the answer's yes".
Ontario is reporting 379 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 21 more deaths.
The new cases represent an 8.7 per cent increase over Monday, marking the second day in a row that the growth rate has been under 10 per cent.
A total of 75,046 people have been tested in Ontario with 981 cases under investigation.
He added that the federal government needs to come through in his commitment to the provinces to provide the proper equipment.
There are at least 51 long-term care homes in Ontario with one or more cases of COVID-19, and there have been at least 69 deaths in those institutions.
There are 160 patients on ventilators and another 66 in intensive care units with COVID-19. There have been 132 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the province.
People with health care experience as well as employers in need of staff can register on the portal here: Workforce Matching Portal.