#PlankTheCurve: Trudeau Urges Citizens to Work Together During Covid-19
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said that enough is enough and it’s time for all Canadians and permanent residents to #plankthecurve by heeding the advice of medical experts and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic. He urges everyone to do their part by staying home to minimize the spread of the virus that has impacted even the most equipped first world countries, including Italy, Spain and the UK.
The Prime Minister took to his Facebook page with an important message on how Canadians can work together to make a difference and get through this extraordinary situation together, which includes:
- Washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
- Staying home
- Staying at least 2 meters apart from another person
- Not gathering in groups
On 25 March, Canada had 1,959 confirmed cases across the country with the most cases confirmed in the province of British Columbia. To further ensure that social gatherings are restricted the Canadian Government has put in place a few strict measures to slow the spread before hospitals are overwhelmed. The new measures are hard pills to swallow for thousands of workers, and small business owners not just in Canada, but across the world where similar procedures are followed:
- Shutdown of all non-essential businesses, including restaurants, clothing stores, etc.
- Schools are closed and in some provinces, like Quebec, it will remain closed until May 1.
- Closure of borders for all non-Canadians, international students, holiday travellers, temporary workers and temporary residents who want to travel to Canada.
Thankfully, Canada’s number one priority is and has always been the well-being of its citizens and permanent residents. In response to the strict measures, the Canadian Government has introduced an emergency economic plan to soften the economic blow to the country and the citizens in the form of $82 billion dollars that will be distributed fairly to Canadian workers and businesses amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
Canada’s Emergency Economic Plan
If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are in a much better and fortunate position than many other countries. PM Trudeau announced, during a viral speech, how Canada is preparing to look after its people during the Covid-19 epidemic. Watch the speech here, or read some key highlights below:
For Parents and Students:
Canada is temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments. This measure would deliver almost $2 billion in extra support.
Families with low incomes will receive a special top-up payment for the value of $5.5 billion.
Students will have a six-month interest free period to repay student loans.
An Emergency Support Benefit will provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and who are facing unemployment.
Canada will extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to allow all taxpayers to postpone the payment of any income tax amounts.
Homeowners get to postpone payments on government-insured mortgage loans.
Canada will provide eligible small businesses, like florists and beauty salons, a 10% wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.
A $10 billion credit increase for small, medium and large businesses who are experiencing cash flow problems.
All Canadian businesses can postpone on their tax payments and no interest will accumulate during the months.
Furthermore, Canada will invest $192 million in companies researching a vaccine for the virus. Will Canada be the first to create a breakthrough vaccine or cure for Covid-19? Only time will tell but the race is on. In the meantime, the Government has taken amazing strides to ensure that Canadians come out unscathed during the weeks ahead. For more Covid-19 updates and Canada’s fast and efficient responses, visit the Canadian Government website.
Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a country with a Prime Minister that truly cares? Canada is the best reward for you, and your family after the Covid-19 epidemic.
Immigration to Canada Remains Open
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