Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s daily briefing focused on new COVID-19 initiatives in online health care, medical research and supply sourcing. He also provided an update on the national child care benefit. $240 million for online health care Trudeau announced $240.5 million for online health care, including new virtual platforms for mental health and primary care. The new platforms will help Canadians safely engage with their regular health providers and specialist health services through telephone, text, or video-conferencing.
This investment will also support Wellness Together Canada, an online portal providing free resources, tools, and professional support services “to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use.” Additional funding for promising research The Prime Minister announced a $175 million investment in the Canadian biotech company AbCellera to help continue promising COVID-19 research. Trudeau noted that the company has already identified antibodies that could be used to help develop medicines to treat the virus. Supply Council Trudeau announced that Procurement Minister Anita Anand will lead the new COVID-19 Supply Council, with the mandate of “finding innovative solutions to ensure our country continues to have the vital supplies necessary to keep Canadians safe.” Canada Child Benefit (CCB) The Prime Minister noted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will get $300 extra per child in May to help them cope with COVID-19. This increase will deliver $2 billion in extra support across the country. Ontario Update - Flood mitigation and anti-lockdown protestors Ontario Premier Doug Ford is not expected to provide an update today.
Yesterday, he spoke extensively on Ontario’s flood mitigation strategy and said the province is ready for spring flooding season. Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski said there is a moderate-to-high risk of flooding for northern Ontario and the James and Hudson Bay coasts, and that the government is monitoring water levels closely. You can find the government’s news release here.
Premier Ford was also asked about the anti-lockdown protestors who returned to Queen’s Park after their initial rally last Saturday. He blasted the protesters for holding the flag upside down, calling them “disrespectful.”
*Above summary by Enterprise Canada