COVID-19 round-up for Thursday, May 14 – the les poissons, les poissons, how I love les poissons edition

New Brunswick – Continuing its winning streak, New Brunswick is now at eight days without a new case of COVID-19.

The province remains at 120 total cases, and only two are active, with none in hospital.

The latest updates and information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick are available online.

The declaration of emergency in the province under the Emergency Measures Act has been officially extended an additional 14 days, to Thursday, May 28, when it will again be re-assessed.

Information on public health recovery phases, measures and guidelines is available online.

The renewal of the declaration contains a clause which allows drivers who need to renew their Class 5 permit to do it online beginning Thursday, May 21. The current photograph on a valid Class 5 driver’s license will be used for the license renewal.

The latest version of the declaration is available online.

A self-assessment will help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available online.

From once again outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced assistance for the fisheries industry across the country. The $470 million will include a Fish Harvesters Benefit program, and non-repayable grants up to $10,000 for fish harvesters who own their own businesses.

The benefit will cover up to 75 per cent of losses, if those losses amount to an overall 25 per cent – and to a maximum of $10,000.

He also said EI rules will be changed fish harvesters can base applications on earnings from previous years.

In addition, Trudeau announced a $100 million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund through Farm Credit Canada to assist agrifood companies who are under financial strain.

“Whether you’re a fisher, a food processor or a farmer, we’ve got your back and I know all Canadians do, too,” said Trudeau.

Trudeau listed the programs and funding put in place for Indigenous communities throughout the pandemic, and said yesterday the government announced support for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan for their pandemic response plan.

“Through this plan, we’re partnering with communities to provide over $2.3 million for everything from food to supplies,” he said.  

Finally, he said some National parks will be re-opening by June 1.

For information on assistance programs, application portals, Canada’s job bank, and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Canada, go to www.canada.ca

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