COVID-19

Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces

By September 9, 2020 No Comments

  • Fighting COVID-19 has always been a Team Canada effort and it continues to be one as we move into the recovery phase.
  • Today, our government announced an agreement with the provinces and territories that will see over $19 billion invested in protecting the health of Canadians, getting people safely back to work, and preparing for a potential second wave.
  • This Safe Restart Agreement for the next six months includes investments in priority areas, including:
    • Helping municipalities deliver key services;
    • Increasing testing and contract tracing through an investment of $4.28 billion, with a goal of conducting 200,000 tests per day to help manage future COVID-19 outbreaks, over the coming year;
    • Additional support for provincial and territorial health care systems, including challenges related to mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness.
      • $700 million to support health care system capacity, to help us prepare for a potential resurgence of the virus;
      • $500 million to address immediate needs and gaps in the support and protection of people experiencing challenges related to mental health, substance use, and homelessness.
    • $7.5 billion to secure personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers, essential workers, and businesses;
    • Supporting the most vulnerable, including seniors in long-term care facilities and nursing homes;
      • Canadians receiving long-term care, home care, and palliative care are at an increased risk of more severe cases of COVID-19.
      • Our Government is providing $740 million to support one-time costs, over the next six to eight months, for measures to control and prevent infections for seniors and other vulnerable Canadians.
      • This could include addressing staffing issues in long-term care, home care, and palliative care facilities and services.
    • Ensuring safe child care is available so parents can return to work;
      • To support parents as they gradually return to work, we are investing $625 million in emergency federal support to ensure that safe, sufficient, and affordable child care is available.
      • This builds on our previous support for families during the pandemic, including a one-time increased Canada Child Benefit payment to help parents cover unexpected additional costs during this difficult time.
    • Supporting people who do not have paid sick leave;
  • BC is receiving $2.2 billion as part of the Safe Restart Agreement
  • BC is receiving an additional $540 million for public transportation, including Translink, BC Transit, and BC Ferries
  • Together, as a country, we’re laying the groundwork for our economic recovery.