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The Federal Government Is Assigning $82 Billion To Help Combat COVID-19 In Canada

Trudeau described the move as "extraordinary."
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COVID-19 In Canada: Trudeau Announces $82 Billion Plan To Combat Coronavirus

Speaking once again from Ottawa on Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced a new $82 billion plan to help combat the effects of COVID-19 in Canada. The latest aid measures will include a deferred tax deadline, a child benefit boost and subsidies for small businesses. $27 billion will also be spent on direct assistance to Canadian workers.

Holding a press conference outside his house for the third time in three days, the Prime Minister revealed the federal government’s new $82 billion plan to control the effects of the novel coronavirus in Canada.

After confirming that the border between the U.S. and Canada would be closed to all non-essential travel, Justin Trudeau laid out his plans to provide direct financial help to Canada’s workers and businesses.

As well as deferring the tax deadline, the government has promised to boost the Canada Child Benefit, provide wage subsidies for those unable to work, and help the country's hardest-hit sectors.

In addition, approximately $55 billion of the total will be used to support businesses, which will aim to ultimately help to stabilize the economy.

“Our government is taking extraordinary action,” Trudeau said on Wednesday, noting that the dedicated $82 billion is equal to 3% of the country’s GDP.

While the full details of Canada’s financial aid package are yet to be formally explained, the Prime Minister touched upon several major changes during his statement.

  • A temporary Canada Child Benefit boost will be issued to families.

  • Emergency care benefits of up to $900 bi-weekly will be available to anybody who must stay home and who does not have access to paid sick leave.

  • Emergency benefits will be accessible for support workers who are facing unemployment.

  • EI waiting periods will be reduced.

  • The tax filing deadline will be extended until August 31.

  • Eligible small businesses will be able to access a 10% wage subsidy for up to 90 days.

  • A six-month, interest-free suspension on Canada Student Loan payments will be introduced.

“We are confident that getting these measures out ... within the next few weeks to make up for lost income will make a significant difference,” the Prime Minister said.

In a tweet beforehand, he described the move as "a significant and comprehensive plan that’s going to help all Canadians get through these challenging times."

For the third time this week, Trudeau spoke from his home where he remains in self-quarantine. He and his family have been practicing social distancing since last week when Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was officially diagnosed with COVID-19.

More information about Canada’s latest plans can be found by clicking here.

    Helena Hanson
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    Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Canada's Trending Desk focused on major news. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.
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