Financial support from Canada for coronavirus victims, “Our focus right now is to… continue ensuring that Canadians have the resources and money to not have the stress about rent and childcare..”
“As you may know by now, Sophie returned from a speaking event in the UK feeling ill, and was experiencing a mild flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, after being tested for COVID-19, the results came back as positive. She is feeling well, and her symptoms remain mild, however she will be in quarantine for the time being. ”
“First, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have reached out to me asking how I’m doing. Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon. Being in the quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families going through this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously. I send you all my courage and warm thoughts (but only ‘get better’, hugs from afar! Sincerely,” – Sophie
“We’ve also been clear that no one should have to worry about paying rent, buying groceries, or additional childcare because of COVID-19 – and we will help Canadians financially“. Justin Trudeau. More details on our government’s action on COVID-19 and to keep Canadians safe can be found here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.htmlInformation and resources on what Canadians, our families, and our communities can do to be prepared and support prevention can be found here:
“The Government of Canada will waive the one-week waiting period for people who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate and are claiming for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits, at an estimated cost of $5 million. The Government of Canada will also introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program at an estimated cost of $12 million to help employers who are experiencing a downturn in business due to COVID-19, and their workers. We are exploring additional measures to support other affected Canadians, including income support for those that are not eligible for EI sickness benefits.” Government of Canada website.
Canada will shut down parliament effectively, immediately as a new measure to contain the coronavirus outbreak. “We have an outstanding, we have outstanding public health authorities who are doing an outstanding job. We will get through this together,” said the prime minister as he is on self-quarantine due to his wife’s positive test for the covid-19.
“Avoid crowded places and unnecessary travelling”, said Theresa Tam the country’s chief public health officer. ” This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, considering shopping or taking public transport in off-peak hours…”
British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have all banned events larger than 250 people. Ontario, the country’s most populous province, will close schools for two additional weeks following spring break, as will Quebec.