Canada – During his daily press briefing from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new assistance for Canadians on Wednesday, March 25.
“The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide $2000 per month for the next four months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID-19,” said Trudeau.
“This will replace the two benefits we announced last week – the emergency care benefit, and the emergency support benefit in order to streamline the process.
“If you’ve lost your job because of COVID-19, whether you’re full or part-time, contract or self-employed, this new benefit will be there for you.”
Trudeau also said new measures will be put in place to supports journalists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Right now, it’s more important than ever that Canadians have access to the latest news and information,” said Trudeau. “To ensure journalists can continue to do this vital work, our government is announcing new measures to support them.”
On Thursday, March 26 during his daily briefing, Trudeau announced the newly adopted and passed Canada Emergency Benefit Response plan would include $107 billion in relief and assistance for Canadians. He also stated a new application portal would soon be available, and those who apply should see money within 14 days.
As with the original version of the plan announced last week, there will be an increase to the Child Tax credit beginning in May, supplementation of the GST credit, and a six month, interest free moratorium on student loan payments.
For all the details on the plan, and updates on the COVID-19 virus nationally, go to www.Canada.ca