To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
Whereas the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through infectious aerosols that remain suspended in the air after being transmitted by an infected person.
Whereas Ontario has not implemented adequate safety measures to prevent airborne pandemics despite the experiences of the SARS and COVID-19 pandemics.
Whereas the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers has already provided core recommendations for safer indoor air to the Ontario government.
Whereas people who are immunocompromised, Indigenous, Black, racialized, disabled, low-income, homeless, living or working in long-term care, frontline workers, migrant workers, and people facing other kinds of marginalization are at the most risk of death and long-term health consequences that result from infection during airborne pandemics.
Whereas Ontario already has the technology to make indoor air safer using a combination of ventilation, filtration, upper room UV, and air quality testing.
Whereas the cost of implementing those technologies would be a fraction of the costs that small businesses, everyday Ontarians, and the Ontario government were forced to pay during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whereas making indoor air safer would substantially reduce the likelihood of Ontario’s education system or small businesses being compelled to lockdown during future pandemics.
Whereas future airborne pandemics are inevitable.
Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass the Advisory Committee to Protect Ontario’s People and Economy from Airborne Pandemics Act.