Trudeau Resumes Daily Updates on Federal COVID-19 Efforts – Canada News


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UPDATE 9:40 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the federal government is willing to send money to provinces that want to top up workers’ wages.

The extra money would be designed as a financial incentive to keep these workers at work.

He said that a number of provinces are considering following Quebec’s model of raising wages for workers in long-term care facilities and that Ottawa is currently discussing with them what they may need.

Trudeau also said that the government will soon announce help for students and other workers who fall through the cracks of the government’s emergency assistance programs.

As of Sunday evening, some six million people applied for emergency assistance for $ 2,000 a month for help during the first four-week eligibility period.

Federal aid figures provide a glimpse of the acute economic shock from COVID-19, which the International Monetary Fund says will reduce Canada’s economy by 6.2% this year.

The report indicates that heavy public spending in Canada and elsewhere to help households pay their bills and businesses to stay afloat may need to be increased if the pandemic continues.

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada will present its outlook for the national economy and detail its own assessment of the impacts of COVID-19.

UPDATE 8:57 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is strengthening the Quarantine Act which will allow authorities to assess quarantine plans submitted by anyone entering Canada and to determine whether they are adequate or should be taken be placed in a place “such as a hotel”. “

The new regulations will come into force at midnight this evening and will include any asymptomatic person returning to Canada from abroad.

This decision is an update to the plan released on March 25, which required people arriving in Canada from abroad to be isolated for 14 days, with follow-up from public health officials and the RCMP.

UPDATE 8:35 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the federal government is spending $ 130 million to help northern communities weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than half of the money is sent to the three territorial governments for their health and social services.

But millions of dollars will support airlines serving the North and subsidy programs to pay for the cost of expensive food and hygiene products.

UPDATE 8:18 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resumes his daily speeches on the latest measures taken by the federal government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau spent Sunday and Monday with his family at Harrington Lake, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat 30 minutes’ drive from Ottawa, Quebec.

The provinces have already started extending emergency orders until May, and the crisis in long-term care homes continues to cause concern. As supplies continue to flow, both from international and domestic suppliers, Canada has granted permission to a bioscience company in Ottawa to produce and distribute a device it believes can produce results COVID-19 test in less than an hour.

ORIGINAL 8:19 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide a live update on how the federal government will approach the coming weeks in the fight against COVID-19.

-with CTV News and Canadian Press files


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