In a briefing Wednesday with Quebec's premier Francois Legault, Ford addressed the possibility of closing bars earlier, or even altogether, as a response to a recent COVID-19 spike, which saw almost 400 new cases in the province in two days.
One new death was reported today.
Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that Toronto reported 50 new cases, Peel had 41 and Ottawa saw an increase of 16 - the three jurisdictions representing roughly 75% of all new cases Wednesday. Fourteen are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.
Ford says Ontario police checks have uncovered 622 quarantine order scofflaws and is frustrated about the lack of federal charges.
Elliott added that the province completed almost 25,000 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours, an increase from Wednesday's reported 17,600 tests. There are 36 confirmed cases among residents and 39 among staff.
There have now been 43, 855 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the outbreak began in late January.
Ontario reported an additional 170 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, concentrated mainly in the Greater Toronto Area.
There are now around 1,567 confirmed, active cases provincewide. A CBC News count based on data provided by public health units, however, puts the real toll at 2,855.
According to Ontario's government, Ontario and Québec have a combined population of 23 million and together are responsible for $1.3 trillion, or more than 58% of Canada's total GDP, and 53.8% of interprovincial exports.