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THEREFORE WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to commit to ensuring that there are no cuts to waste water surveillance in Ontario, and work with medical experts to expand waste water surveillance to monitor emerging and endemic infectious diseases.


TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:WHEREAS waste water surveillance is the most cost effective way to monitor the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, influenza, RSV, mpox, and recently, H5N1;

WHEREAS Ontario’s Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee recommended in 2023 that waste water surveillance be continued for the foreseeable future;

WHEREAS waste water surveillance allows hospitals and public health agencies to better plan health care resources during public health emergencies, disease outbreaks, and pandemics;

WHEREAS future pandemics are inevitable;