PM Trudeau to Discuss Continued Aid to COVID-19 for Students and Youth

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OTTAWA –
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 measures update on Wednesday is expected to include additional measures for students and young Canadians who have had their education and job prospects altered during the pandemic.

Some students have expressed concern that they are not eligible for the Canadian emergency response benefit of $ 2,000 per month, which has already been expanded to include part-time and seasonal workers.

To be eligible, applicants must have earned at least $ 5,000 in the past 12 months or in 2019 as a whole, and some college and university students who work only on a casual, part-time or summer basis earn less than that.

The federal government has pledged to fill some of the gaps that have been identified with the emergency assistance program amid criticism that many Canadians have been excluded. The government has stated that its initial objective would be to send money to as many people as possible and to refine the criteria later.

The federal government has already announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to help students find work in a largely locked country after their summer starts.

Employers who hire summer students can now apply for a subsidy of up to 100% of the provincial or territorial hourly minimum wage. The government aims to help create up to 70,000 jobs for Canadians aged 15 to 30 and provide them with work experience and income, according to the government.

Prime Minister continues to deploy extensions and updated financial assistance, says Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says economy still weeks away from reopening .

However, the measures in place appear to have been effective in avoiding an “explosive epidemic,” Tam said on Tuesday. Nevertheless, she encourages all sectors of society to think now about how they could adapt their daily activities to maintain physical distance until there is a treatment or a vaccine against the virus.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 38,422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 1,834 deaths.

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