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PM Trudeau says more medical supplies coming in days as industry retools

Mar 31 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is spending $2 billion to procure more diagnostic testing, ventilators, and personal protective equipment for front-line workers in the COVID-19 fight, with some supplies set to be ready within days. As part of this procurement, he said, hundreds of ventilators are now in production and the government […]

PM hikes wage subsidy so smaller businesses ‘come back strong’

Mar 27 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a major increase to the wage subsidy for small- and medium-sized businesses, boosting it to 75 per cent, up from the 10 per cent previously promised. This decision, to help “qualifying businesses” keep employees on staff, is being back-dated to March 15, with more information coming over the weekend.

PM Trudeau warns of COVID-19 emergency benefit ‘scam’

Mar 26 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cautioning Canadians to be weary of a “text scam” aimed at exploiting people who are looking to apply for the new emergency aid benefit. Speaking to the pre-announced billions in revamped emergency benefits for Canadians who are now unemployed, or off work because of the pandemic, Trudeau told people to […]

Trudeau combines emergency COVID-19 aid benefit for Canadians

Mar 25 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the government is merging two previously announced employment insurance benefits for Canadians who are out of, or off work because of COVID-19. He is also vowing that more financial assistance will come as the pandemic wages on, with the first $82-billion aid package set to flow as soon as […]

Trudeau calls on House to pass emergency aid bill quickly

Mar 24 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on MPs convening today to pass direct financial aid for Canadians and businesses, to do so quickly. This afternoon there will be a historic emergency recall of the House of Commons to pass urgent financial aid. “When you’re trying to help get money out to people, speed is of […]

‘Enough is enough’: PM says people must follow COVID-19 health measures, commits funds for vaccine

Mar 23 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rolling out new measures to mobilize the Canadian science sector in its development of a COVID-19 vaccine and to assist farmers impacted by the pandemic. He also offered a scathing rebuke for those who aren’t heeding public health advice to keep a safe physical distance between themselves and others. Monday […]

Canada-U.S. border likely shutting this weekend: PM

Mar 19 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada-U.S. border is likely to close to non-essential travel by the weekend, though talks are still ongoing to iron out all the details as both sides implement increasingly restrictive measures to combat COVID-19. Speaking from outside his residence at Rideau Cottage, the prime minister said that his best estimate […]

Canada-U.S. border closing, $82B in direct aid and stimulus coming: Trudeau

Mar 18 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canada- U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel, and that the federal government is prepared to spend a combined $82 billion on direct financial help and economic stimulus. Moments before PM Trudeau began speaking, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the border between Canada and the […]

New emergency measures under consideration: PM

Mar 17 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking into recalling Parliament for a brief period in order to pass additional legislative measures, such as changes to employment insurance and potentially even enacting some aspects of the federal Emergencies Act, as Canada continues to ratchet up its response to COVID-19. He is also imploring Canadians to heed public […]

Canada shutting the border to most non-citizens due to COVID-19: PM Trudeau

Mar 16 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians abroad to come home while they still can, as Canada is shutting the border to non-Canadian citizens, with limited exceptions, to limit the spread of COVID-19. Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada […]

Shutting the border and mandatory COVID-19 isolation? Trudeau says nothing’s ‘off the table’

Mar 15 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is “not taking anything off the table” when it comes to additional measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, like shutting down the border to international travellers. Those two possibilities are being discussed on Sunday when the federal cabinet holds a rare weekend […]