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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide details on Wednesday on the government’s key stimulus plan for provinces and cities, which involves $ 19 billion for measures to fight COVID-19.
Trudeau will speak on Wednesday afternoon about the Safe Restart program, which was announced in June as a way to funnel money to cash-strapped provinces and municipalities. People familiar with the announcement, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ottawa has now received agreements from all provinces and territories on the spending plan.
Funds from the Safe Restart program will go to public transportation infrastructure, “immediate assistance” for seniors at risk of transmitting COVID-19, personal protective equipment for employees upon their return to the market. work and extra child care, among others.
Ottawa originally planned $ 14 billion in spending for provinces and territories in June, which it increased to $ 19 billion in July after provinces complained the pool of funds was too small to close their gaps. respective budgets. Others said the proposed funding included too many conditions that unnecessarily tie the hands of provincial leaders.