COVID-19News
October 22, 2020

Updates to Employment Insurance Fishing Benefits

The Employment Insurance Fishing benefits now allow workers to establish a fishing benefit claim based on earnings in their current qualifying period or earnings used to establish a fishing claim…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 20, 2020

Federal Government Invests $12 Million in New Small Business Fund

Today, during Small Business Week, the Government of Canada, announced an investment of $12 million in the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. Canada United is a national fundraising campaign…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
October 19, 2020

Federal Government announces Canada-U.S. Border will remain closed until November 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – October 19, 2020 – Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement: Canada and the United States have agreed to…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 17, 2020

All Federal COVID-19 Relief Programs for Businesses

Updated October 20th, 2020   Canada United Small Business Relief Fund As we enter the second wave of COVID-19, small businesses continue to need our support. During Small Business Week,…
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COVID-19News
October 12, 2020

Federal Government Announces Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Applications – Now Open

The government has announced Canada that it will be transitioning the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to Employment Insurance (EI). The transition will create the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), it…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 11, 2020

Federal Government Launches New Commercial Rent Subsidy (CERS)

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) This innovative rent subsidy would support struggling businesses, charities, and non-profits by subsidizing their expenses up to a maximum of 65% until December…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 9, 2020

Federal Government Announces Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Extension

The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, which would continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire…
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COVID-19News
October 6, 2020

Federal Government Announces COVID-19 Support to Persons with Disabilities

On October 30, 2020, approximately 1.6 million eligible clients will automatically start receiving the one-time payment. This will be the first set of payments from the Government of Canada and…
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COVID-19News
October 5, 2020

Federal Government Announces Additional Funding to Fight Gender-based Violence

The Government of Canada has announced an additional $50 million in emergency COVID-19 funding to support women’s shelters and other organizations that support those impacted by gender-based violence (GBV).This is…
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COVID-19News
October 2, 2020

Federal Government Announces Family Reunification Updates

  Today, our government was happy to announce the introduction of processes to support family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students.…
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COVID-19News
September 25, 2020

Federal Government Announces Insurance Help for Canadian Film Industry

The Government of Canada is introducing a temporary support measure to allow the Canadian film industry to get back on its feet. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage,…
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COVID-19In the HouseNews
September 23, 2020

Speech from the Throne 2020

On September 23rd, 2020, the Governor General delivered the Speech from the Throne. This evening, the Prime Minister addressed Canadians about the path forward as we work to protect the…
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COVID-19News
September 11, 2020

BC Ferries Update

Last week, Transport Canada started notifying ferry operators across Canada that as of September 30, 2020 they were expected to return to the normal operating procedure which requires passengers to…
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COVID-19
September 9, 2020

Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces

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…
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COVID-19
August 27, 2020

Post-Graduation Work Permit Changes

To help international students who would like to study in Canada this fall as they are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to ensure…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

Safe Return to Class Fund

We know the past few months have been especially hard on students who have been physically separated from their friends and classmates, and on parents who have had to juggle…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

#MadeInCanadaProject

An update from the Government of Canada on Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Combat COVID-19: To date, over 6,000 Canadian firms from across the country have offered their expertise…
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COVID-19
August 25, 2020

Support for Mental Health

As part of Canada’s rapid research response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $115 million to support mental health research in relation to COVID-19 through the: Knowledge Synthesis…
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COVID-19
August 20, 2020

New EI Program

Today, the Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits that will better support all Canadians. Our government also announced that in…
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COVID-19
August 14, 2020

Support for International Students

As Canadian Universities usher in a new school year this fall, the Government of Canada is taking action to support international students through new measures, listed below: International students who…
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COVID-19
July 31, 2020

Support for Temporary Foreign Workers

Today, the Government of Canada announced additional action to reduce the incidence and impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on farms. With an investment of $58.6 million, our Government is strengthening the…
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COVID-19
July 28, 2020

Remdesivir Granted Health Canada Authorization

Today, Health Canada provided the first authorization for a COVID-19 treatment in Canada, Remdesivir (marketed as Veklury in Canada). The Public Advisory on this drug can be found here. Remdesivir…
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COVID-19
July 22, 2020

Essential Services Contingency Reserve

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) remains hard at work, securing the life-saving PPE and medical supplies needed for our frontline healthcare workers, as well as supporting access to supplies…
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COVID-19
July 21, 2020

Industry Canada Update

Today, Minister Bains announced continued investments of close to $230 million to support national research facilities through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund. This funding…
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COVID-19
July 17, 2020

Supporting Canadians with Disabilities

Last month, our Government announced a series of measures to help Canadians with disabilities navigate the effects of the outbreak, including a one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment of $600 to assist…
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COVID-19
July 17, 2020

CEWS Expansion

Today, #GOC announced proposed changes to the CEWS that would broaden the reach of the program, providing better-targeted support and enabling more workers to their jobs quickly as the economy…
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COVID-19
July 8, 2020

Phase 2 of $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Arts, Culture and Sport Organizations

Minister Guilbeault has announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations. This final component helps address…
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COVID-19
July 6, 2020

Infrastructure Funding

Last week, #GOC announced $170 million in funding for Community, Culture and Recreation infrastructure in BC. These investments will play a key role in strengthening local economies, and helping ensure…
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COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Canada Student Service Grant

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) and the I Want to Help platform to support students, youths and non-for-profit organizations. CSSG will…
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COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects Component

Launch of a call for proposals under the newly modernized Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) small projects component. The call for proposals for the EAF small projects component provides funding to…
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COVID-19
June 26, 2020

Students Update

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced comprehensive supports of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide support they need this summer, help them…
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COVID-19
June 18, 2020

Support for Cultural and Heritage Organizations

Today, the Government of Canada announced new measures to assist the museum sector as well as the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural,…
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COVID-19
June 16, 2020

CERB Extension

More Canadians are returning to work, but many people still face challenges due to COVID-19. As we begin to take steps to safely restart our economy, we will continue to…
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COVID-19
June 15, 2020

Emergency Processing Fund – Agriculture

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, launched the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) as part of the Government of Canada’s action to support Canadians and businesses…
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COVID-19
June 12, 2020

Support for Provinces/Territories

Talked to many businesses. In order to reopen safely many of them will have to borrow or find money to comply with public health regulations to minimize the spread of…
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COVID-19
June 10, 2020

Small Business Update

Today, Minister Ng announced our government’s partnership with POST Promise, an initiative launched today by Canadian private-sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely. You can find more…
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COVID-19
June 8, 2020

Exemption to Travel Ban

In an effort to flatten the curve, the Government of Canada has taken a number of extraordinary measures at the border, such as restricting all non-essential travel. We know that…
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COVID-19
June 5, 2020

Support for Canadians Living with Disabilities

One-time payment for persons living with disabilities A special one-time, tax-free payment of $600 will be automatically provided to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as…
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COVID-19
June 3, 2020

Workplace Safety Resources

As the economy slowly restarts, workplaces are continuing to adapt to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has released numerous resources to support…
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COVID-19
June 1, 2020

Expansion to CEBA

#GOC announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. The program will now be available to a greater…
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COVID-19
May 27, 2020

CEWS Consultation

On May 15th, we announced that after listening to Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs, we extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29,…
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COVID-19
May 15, 2020

Support for Canadian Researchers

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of researchers in developing innovative solutions to health and societal issues. We also recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on these…
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COVID-19
May 14, 2020

Support for Fish & Seafood Harvesters

Today, the Government of Canada announced $469 million in support to fish and seafood harvesters through the Fish Harvester Benefit and the Fish Harvester Grant. This is the largest amount…
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COVID-19
May 14, 2020

Sex workers and COVID-19

COVID-19 has revealed some uncomfortable truths about our society, as our prime minister pointed out today.  We have seen the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Each group comes…
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COVID-19
May 11, 2020

Community Update: Sex Work Roundtable

We have seen the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Each group comes with its own set of unique circumstances and barriers to basic health, social, and financial help.…
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COVID-19
May 9, 2020

Heritage Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

Eligible organizations must attest to the following in order to receive financial support: They are in need of funding to ensure a continuity of operations and to safeguard jobs They…
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COVID-19News
May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Vancouver Centre

Our government acted quickly when COVID-19 became apparent across Canada, to provide real-time emergency assistance and timely information to Canadians to ensure that you’re healthy and safe. As a physician,…
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COVID-19
April 24, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

I have been hearing from small businesses in my riding that a major concern is payment of rent and property taxes. I sent this concern to the relevant federal Ministers.…
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