In his daily briefing to Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6, PM explained how to receive the Canadian emergency response benefit and alluded to more future assistance for those who are not yet available. admissible.
Good morning all.
I want to start this morning by acknowledging that today is a painful anniversary. It has now been two years since the tragic crash of the Humboldt Broncos. From coast to coast, we remember the 16 lives that ended way too soon and the many others that changed forever. If you have lost a friend, teammate or loved one, if you are still rebuilding and recovering, I want you to know that we are there for you and we will always be there for you. You, the Humboldt community, and all Canadians who support you, have shown incredible strength and resilience. And just like the people who put on hockey sticks or wear the jersey, you remind us that together we can go through the darkest times.
Right now, as we face an unparalleled challenge, we rely on our friends and family. And we let them know that they can also rely on us. The coming weeks and months will not be easy, but we will get through it together. I am sure many of you watched the Queen’s speech yesterday afternoon and her message of unity and determination is more important than ever.
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No one should feel alone in there. No one should be wondering how they will weather this unsupported storm. In the past few weeks, we’ve put in place a whole host of new measures to help families and workers, the elderly and business owners get through this ordeal. Together, we have introduced the greatest economic measures of our lives, which will help millions of people. This includes the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if you have lost your paycheque. Whether you are caring for someone who is sick, laid off or living with a disability, CERB is there for you.
This benefit is now available starting today. If you were born in January, February or March, you can go to canada.ca and apply online. If you can’t apply online, don’t worry. You can call 1-800-959-2041. Since its opening this morning, 240,000 people have already applied successfully. For everyone, you can apply for another day this week, depending on your month of birth. We know you need this support as soon as possible. We have to make sure the system works for everyone. If you use direct deposit, you will receive money three to five days later.
CERB is designed to help all Canadians who need it, and millions of Canadians will get it starting this week. But there are people who are not yet qualified and whom we need to help. If you work reduced hours, up to 10 hours a week or less, we will soon tell you how you will qualify for CERB. This is to help you if you are a concert worker, a contract worker or a volunteer firefighter. We will also have more to say for those who work but earn less than they would do with the benefit. I am thinking in particular of homeworkers or long-term workers caring for vulnerable elderly people.
And I know there are also a lot of college and university students wondering what kind of work you will get this summer. You need support now. And work is underway to get it to you as quickly as possible.
For people in all of these situations, we see you. We will be there for you. And we work as hard as possible to provide you with the support you need.
At the same time, we also announced a new 75% wage subsidy to help you keep your job and help companies keep their employees on the payroll. Right now, we are drafting legislation and talking with other parties before getting Parliament back to implement the wage subsidy as quickly as possible. Supporting you and your family is our top priority.
Your Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, will have more updates soon, but here is the result. Whatever your situation, we strive to provide you with the help you need.
The decision of the six major banks and some credit unions to cut credit card interest rates for people in financial difficulty due to the pandemic by almost half will provide them with much needed debt relief. I would also like to thank Minister Morneau for his exceptional leadership in this regard. And we need to see even more actions like this move forward, because it’s time to think about each other, not the results.
On this note, I would like to highlight the new initiative launched by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with our government. The Canadian Network for Business Resilience will help businesses of all sizes not only get through this difficult time, but stimulate our economic recovery thereafter. This builds on what we have already done to help business owners. We have a three-point economic plan that supports business owners, including new loans while preserving jobs with a wage subsidy and helping those who run out of pay with CERB. We are here for you.
In order to overcome this situation and ensure the safety of our loved ones and our frontline workers, all Canadians must do their part. Remember, you are shaping our future today. The appearance of the coming weeks and months is up to you. It depends if you stay at home, if you protect the vulnerable and make sure our hospitals are not overwhelmed.
(translation from French) Every citizen must do their part because the people who may have to go to work – such as laboratory technicians, health care workers, truckers and farm workers – do more than their share. They make sacrifices to allow the rest of the population to stay at home.
The best way to thank them is to continue to follow public health guidelines. This is how we can all protect our own health and their health as well.
Thank you for being here today.