Trudeau Update Canadians on COVID-19 Pandemic | September 16

Note: ASL and LSQ interpreters appear at time 43:50 in the video.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference following the wrap-up of the federal government’s cabinet retreat.

Safe Restart Agreement

Trudeau provided more detail on federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy through the Safe Restart Agreement, which was originally announced on July 16, 2020.

Provinces and territories were asked to outline in letters how more than $19 billion would best be allocated within their jurisdictions, based on their priorities. The premiers have now submitted the letters and the federal funding will be transferred to the provinces and territories.

Funding will support the provinces and territories in their delivery and management of COVID-related response under seven key priorities:

  • Testing, contact tracing, and data management

  • Health care capacity, including mental health and substance use

  • Protecting vulnerable populations, including seniors in long-term care facilities

  • Securing personal protective equipment

  • Child care for returning workers

  • Support for municipalities, including for public transit

  • Sick leave

Throne Speech

The Prime Minister also indicated the speech from the throne next week will focus primarily on priorities to keep Canadians safe. He said that the economy will be addressed, but that we are not out of the pandemic yet.

“We will present a throne speech that will show our direction in the coming months and years. A cleaner and greener recovery will be part of that rebuild,” he said.

*Above summary by Enterprise Canada