Trudeau, ministers update Canadians on COVID-19 pandemic April 14

Help for Northern Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning that the government is investing $130 million to help northern communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in this is $72.6 million for the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut for health-care and community preparedness support. Additional funds include $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can afford much-needed nutritious food and personal hygiene products and support for northern air carriers transporting these important supplies.

New supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Prime Minister announced four plane loads of N95 masks and other PPE had arrived in Canada. Together with domestic supplies, the Prime Minister said the federal government had 1.1 million N95 masks, millions of pairs of gloves and soon more protective gowns to send to the provinces in coming days.

More than 430,000 Canadians have now been tested for COVID-19.

Returning Travellers

The Prime Minister announced that his government will be making amendments to the Federal Quarantine Act that will require asymptomatic travellers who cannot provide a credible quarantine plan to self-isolate in a hotel for 14 days. This change comes into effect tonight at midnight.

Food Safety

The Prime Minister announced $20 million in funding to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to strengthen the safety of Canada’s food supply and increasing inspections.

*Above summary by Enterprise Canada