News Release
September 14, 2020

The City of Toronto is thanking all front-line health care workers for their unwavering dedication to saving lives, keeping people safe and for their heroic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor John Tory has proclaimed today, September 14 as Champions of Care Day to honour all front-line health care workers serving our city. On this day we also pause to remember those workers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives to COVID-19.

Every day, thousands of front-line health workers play a crucial role in keeping our communities healthy and as safe as possible by providing life-saving service in clinics, centres and hospitals across the city.

All front-line health care workers including those employed by the City of Toronto such as nurses, paramedics and long-term care staff, are providing critical services under very difficult circumstances.

Their support has been vital during this pandemic. Their efforts, collectively with the efforts of all Torontonians, allowed our city to experience a limited strain on the health-care system during this first wave of the pandemic. Health care workers will continue to play a crucial role in keeping Torontonians save as the City readies for a possible COVID-19 resurgence

To show their appreciation, Toronto residents have rallied in support of health care workers since the onset of the pandemic. As the City thanks all health care workers on the front lines for keeping Torontonians safe, residents are encouraged to show their gratitude in their local communities and online with a hashtag #championsofcare.


“I want to thank all of our front-line health care workers for the critical work they do saving lives and keeping people safe every day, and for rising to the challenge to provide vital support to people in our city during the pandemic. Your commitment to the people you serve has helped our city’s efforts in navigating this crisis and ensuring that our residents can get through these challenging times. On the Champions of Care Day, I encourage everyone to give thanks to front-line workers in their neighbourhoods and online, while they continue to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19, keeping us healthy and safe.”

– Toronto Mayor John Tory

“I extend my sincere thanks to all front-line health care workers for their sacrifices, their incredible dedication and hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day, you are risking your own health as you fight this pandemic, and for that we will all be forever grateful. You are saving lives and doing all you can to ensure that we will get through this pandemic and that our city will come back stronger than ever.”

– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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