TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault will come together for the first-ever Ontario-Quebec Summit to collaborate and advance shared priorities on economic recovery and health preparedness.
The summit will take place on Sept. 8 and 9 in Mississauga and will be attended by a delegation of premiers and ministers who will participate in a series of meetings to discuss key areas of co-operation.
The two provinces represent over 60 per cent of the country’s population and in 2018, the two provinces generated about $1.3 trillion in GDP, representing over 58 per cent of the country’s economic activity that year.
According to a release issued Sept. 3, the provinces plan to work together to share lessons learned from the pandemic, accelerate economic recovery and growth by reducing barriers to international trade and promoting Ontario-made and Quebec-made products, and advocate on behalf of Ontarians and Quebeckers with the federal government to provide fair, flexible and sustainable funding for important priorities, including health care, infrastructure and broadband.
“As the economic heart of Canada, Ontario and Quebec have often joined forces to create prosperity for the people of our two provinces,” said Ford in a statement. “While the path to economic recovery won’t be easy, we don’t have to go it alone. Our provinces must now work together at this critical juncture to help drive the country forward. I look forward to hosting Premier Legault and members of his cabinet to fast-track a shared path to recovery.”
“Over the past few months, we have shown great solidarity as we have had to manage an unprecedented crisis,” added Legault. “We have a lot to learn from each other and collaboration between our governments will remain critical as we strive to recover our economies safely while preparing ourselves for a potential second wave.”