COVID-19News
January 12, 2021

How to File Taxes on COVID-19 Emergency or Recovery Benefits Payments

Canadians who received COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits payments from the CRA will receive a slip called T4A Starting in early January 2021 and no later than March 10, 2021,…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
January 12, 2021

Federal Government Announces Extended Restrictions for Travelers Entering Canada

Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until at least February 21st, 2021. The Government of Canada’s…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
January 7, 2021

Federal Government Implements Mandatory Pre-Departure Negative COVID-19 Test

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and all travellers. The Government of Canada has multiple measures in place…
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COVID-19News
January 5, 2021

Canada’s Vaccine Rollout Strategy

Producing a vaccine: Producing a vaccine is complex. It requires significant investments to ensure it can be produced on a large scale with good quality and consistency. Our investments in…
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COVID-19News
December 18, 2020

The Prime Minister Provides a COVID-19 Update

Prime Minister provides an update on COVID-19 // Le premier ministre fait une mise à jour sur la COVID-19   Remarks in full // Remarques complètes Bon vendredi tout le…
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COVID-19News
December 17, 2020

Updates to Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response in British Columbia

Updated: December 15, 2020 Overview: Canada Over 12.5 million Canadians have been tested for COVID-19 to date. Over 5.6 million Canadians have downloaded the COVID Alert app. As of December…
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COVID-19News
December 14, 2020

Important Information on CRA Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Repayments

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was introduced to provide financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians that were directly affected by COVID-19. The CERB helped over 8.9 million people…
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COVID-19News
December 10, 2020

Federal Government Announces Permanent Residence Pathway for Refugee Claimants That Worked in Canada Healthcare Sector During COVID-19

Recognizing the considerable contribution and sacrifice health-care workers have made in Canada throughout the pandemic, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that on December 14,…
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COVID-19News
December 8, 2020

Federal Government Awards Contracts for Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine, Once Approved

The Government of Canada is protecting the health and safety of all Canadians, and will continue to do so by ensuring access to vaccines. The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of…
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COVID-19Vancouver Centre Events
December 3, 2020

Hon. Hedy Fry Hosts Virtual Townhall with Minister Patty Hajdu

On December 2, 2020, I hosted Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. Thank you Minister Hajdu for a frank and informative discussion at our Vancouver Centre Virtual Townhall last night. Your…
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COVID-19News
December 2, 2020

New Supports for Seniors – Fall Economic Statement 2020

On Monday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced the next steps in our plan to support Canadians through the pandemic and rebuild our economy. I would like…
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COVID-19News
November 27, 2020

Update on Canada’s Vaccine Plan

Canada’s vaccine plan: Canada is well positioned to provide access to COVID-19 vaccines to all Canadians in 2021, having negotiated agreements with 7 promising vaccine manufacturers. The Public Health Agency…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
November 23, 2020

Federal Government Launches New Commercial Rent Subsidy (CERS)

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Applications are now open as of November 23, 2020: Apply Here! This innovative rent subsidy would support struggling businesses, charities, and non-profits by subsidizing…
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COVID-19News
November 13, 2020

Reminder: Eligible Canadians Can Apply for Past CERB Monthly Payments until December 2, 2020

Applying Retroactively for the Canada Emergency Benefits Eligible Canadians can retroactively claim CERB for previous months of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and…
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COVID-19News
November 10, 2020

Federal Government Announces Emergency Support to Veterans Organizations

November 10th, 2020 Veterans Affairs Canada announces $20 million to support Veterans Organizations Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced $20…
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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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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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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 16, 2020

Federal Government Launches COVID-19-related PPE Challenges to Reduce Environmental Impacts

Government of Canada launches new COVID-19–related challenges to help reduce environmental impact of PPE in Canada October 16, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario The Government of Canada is committed to protecting…
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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 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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