Trudeau commits $14 billion to support provinces with reopening

Clay Curtis
June 6, 2020

The federal government is offering provinces $14 billion to kickstart their economies, while Canadians with disabilities struggling with additional costs created by the COVID-19 pandemic will be specifically supported with a one-time payment of $600 each. "I'm looking forward to working with the premiers to make this happen". He said the plan would be flexible to recognize the differing situations in each province, and would support the regions for the next six to eight months.

More than 1.2 million Canadians, Trudeau said, have already recovered enough to no longer need the Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced in March - but Friday's job numbers provide a dose of reality that he hopes the new funding will address.

He says it's part of the federal government's support for restoring economic activity across the country amid the pandemic. "But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges, that Black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day".

The Prime Minister confirmed today that the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Old Age Security (OAS) for Canada's seniors announced in May will be in their bank accounts by July 6th.

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Ottawa is also establishing a national workplace accessibility stream to help people with disabilities find and keep a good job and to help them access supportive devices to overcome barriers in the workplace.

Some money will go to cities and municipalities that have been providing essential services during the pandemic while their revenue has decreased dramatically, Trudeau said, and childcare services would also get some.

With files from Victoria Gibson.

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