Federal Government Expands Criteria for Those Able to Receive $2000 CERB Payment

Daniel Fowler
April 16, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced another large funding package to help Canada fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leader of the federal Conservatives is also upset the Canadian representative from World Health Organization didn't speak at a government committee on COVID-19. Trudeau said the figure had recently risen. "Minister [Steven] Guilbeault has heard from artists who are asking that copyright for their work before the crisis happened not make them ineligible for the CERB".

"These are the places where we look after our seniors and yet, they are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19".

"In the coming months and years, there will be many reflections on various institutions and systems both domestically and internationally, on how we can improve our response, how we can learn from things we could have done better in this process", he said. We must all show leadership to support those seniors who built this country.

Wages for essential workers who are making less than $2,500 will also be boosted. "The same applies for long-term facilities workers".

It will be weeks before Canada can start reopening economy - PM Trudeau
Trudeau said an inadequate plan would include those who no set destination for someone who has been out of Canada for years. Canada is still receiving repatriation flights for Canadians who have been stranded overseas .

On Wednesday, the prime minister also shared an update on testing for the novel coronavirus.

Trudeau says a New Brunswick company is going to ramp up production of testing equipment to meet the needs of all provinces when it comes to testing for the virus.

"We need to continue doing what we are doing now for many more weeks", Trudeau said.

Health officials across the country - as well as the prime minister himself - have repeatedly warned Canadians to stay at home and not indulge in the temptation to visit family or their cottages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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