Mayor John Tory and Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, head of the city’s emergency response team, also spoke at the news conference.
Tory reported that the city has redeployed 500 city staff to areas where they are currently needed most, including long-term care homes, shelters and the 311 call centre.
He said the city has reached “emergency framework” agreements that established guidelines for redeployment with CUPE Local 79, which represents the city’s inside workers, and CUPE Local 416, which represents the city’s outside workers.
“I’m extremely proud of how our workforce is stepping up during these extenuating circumstances now more than ever,” Tory said.
For his part, Pegg reported that The Works, a supervised injection site at 277 Victoria St. near Yonge-Dundas Square, reopened on Saturday.