PM Unveils New Emergency Program For Canadians

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The bill allows the federal government up to $52 billion in funds to directly help Canadians, including a repackaged aid program for workers who can't work for nearly any reason connected to the virus.

Justin Trudeau announced a new measure on March 25.

A $300 increase to the Canada Child Benefit lands in May.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will replace the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit he announced last week.

If you're already receiving EI, you should not apply.

The Liberal leader is hopeful that the system will be up and running by April 6.

Trudeau and his government are now planning efforts to publicize the new measures and inform Canadians about how to apply for them.

In the last 10 days, more than 13,000 people have been added to the workforce to take calls and process EI claims.

Trudeau was set to receive the latest modelling from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Wednesday on the evolution of the virus and he vowed to share what he could, saying Canadians "deserve the best information we've got about what's happening today and what tomorrow might bring, because otherwise the uncertainty can be really tough".

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"I think this is our fundamental issue: We're confused", said Hinds, whose association represents print and digital news media members across the country, including Torstar, the Star's parent company.

"So what we are doing is ensuring we enable people to bridge through this very hard time", he added.

Later Wednesday, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced that Ottawa would spend $30 million on a COVID-19 awareness advertising campaign, and was moving forward with a previously announced tax credit plan.

"That is a significant change because of the scale and the significance for people of these benefits", Morneau said.

The formal quarantines, which take effect at midnight tonight, come with the potential for fines or even arrests for people violating them.

"There aren't faster ways to get money into Canadians hands", he told the Senate, when queried about why the government wasn't getting money to people quicker.

Several provinces have also stepped up to help their residents make up for lost wages.

Canadians will soon be able to access federal money to help ease financial stress as we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19. The board's role is to make recommendations to the CRA on "whether a journalism organization meets certain criteria" to qualify for new tax relief measures.

While the federal Quarantine Act gives Hajdu sweeping powers to control the spread of a viral contagion, including steep fines, arrest and even jail time, it wasn't clear Wednesday precisely how the government meant to enforce the new restrictions.

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