Trudeau update Canadians on COVID-19 pandemic April 30

Federal Update – Emergency Student Benefit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s daily briefing focused primarily on a Canadian military helicopter missing off the coast of Greece, with little new on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday evening, the House of Commons fast-tracked and passed the $9-billion student emergency package designed to provide supports to young Canadians impacted by the pandemic. Under the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), eligible students will receive $1,250 per month from May through August. They will be required to confirm they are looking for summer jobs, with a government-managed job bank helping match students to employment opportunities. The CESB is also being expanded for students with disabilities or dependents, who will receive $2,000 per month.

Ontario Update – Guidelines for Business Re-opening

Today Premier Doug Ford, alongside Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, announced 65 sector-specific guidelines for Ontario workplaces to re-open. While dates for the re-opening have not been announced, Ford says he wants companies to “start getting ready for the green light.”

In addition, 58 new staff will be joining the province’s workplace inspection team to provide guidance and ensure that businesses are adhering to provincial standards.

You can read the complete list of guidelines here and the government’s news release here.

*Above summary by Enterprise Canada