COVID-19 news

COVID-19 News

Emergency COVID-19 wage subsidy program extended to end of August (CBC News)

From CBC News  - The government's emergency wage-subsidy program will be extended to the end of August to help employers keep their workers on the payroll during the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

The program — which covers 75 per cent of an eligible company's payroll, up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee — originally was set to expire next month.

Students can apply for COVID-19 emergency aid beginning Friday - CBC News

From CBC News - Post-secondary students eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid can apply for the benefit starting Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the date for opening the $9-billion program this morning during his daily briefing. He advised claimants to sign up for an account on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website to ensure the process moves as quickly as possible.

Federal government announces up to $500 in aid for seniors struggling because of COVID-19 (CBC News)

From CBC News - The federal government announced a one-time payment of up to $500 to help seniors struggling financially because of COVID-19, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to help find long-term solutions to address the tragedies unfolding in long-term care facilities.

Seniors Minister Deb Schulte said today that seniors who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be eligible for a one-time, tax-free payment of $300, and those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will get an extra $200.