Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Daily Briefing
We are seeing some positive changes as a result of physical distancing and the measures we have taken, but we have to keep up our diligence. Even though it’s the weekend, we still need to be staying at home in isolation (especially if you have symptoms of a cold or an illness). This crisis will end, but it requires everyone to continuing doing their individual part.
New travel restriction: As of Monday at noon, anyone travelling to and within Canada on plane or train and showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entrance into and movement within Canada. Provincial borders remain open.
A message to Canada’s youth: We are not powerless in the face of this crisis. We need today’s youth to keep leading, challenging and discovering the world. With your choices and your leadership, you can shape the world’s future.
A message to businesses: The 75% subsidy is intended to keep employees on your payroll, and possibly even to hire back those you’ve had to layoff as a result of lost business. The federal government is also guaranteeing the security of an up-to $40,000 loan, with the first $10,000 being forgivable under certain circumstances.
Regarding the CERB, you can sign-up for direct deposit in advance through the CRA site, using the My Account option.
From the Q&A
Canadians have been doing an excellent job of staying at home. Essential transport and the movement of goods is still happening. The government will continue considering if further steps are needed. Right now, they are not looking at closing provincial borders.
Returning travellers must self-isolate when they come back. Maximum penalties include a $750K fine and six months in jail.
If you are sick, do not travel! Plane and train travel will now be monitored, even for movement within the country. Bus companies, which are not regulated by the federal mandate, must also do their part. Mostly, it comes down to Canadians making decisions in the interest of their neighbours, their families, and the people in their community and beyond.
OPEC’s decision is putting the livelihoods worldwide at risk with their threat to flood the market with an inundation of oil. Canada is focussed on helping Canadians through their CERB and other support measures. The federal government recognized that the oil industry has already been hit rather hard. Once we are through this time, the intent is to have things ready for the industry to be ready to get back to work.
The government recognizes that this is an unprecedented situation and goes beyond anyone’s individual or collective knowledge, and they will remain flexible throughout this crisis.
Encouraging signs are something we absolutely want to see. These encouraging signs are a result of people’s efforts two weeks ago; relaxing behaviour will eradicate these improvements. We have to stay diligent in our efforts to physically distance, to self-isolate, to wash hands, and so on. Remain at home as much as possible.
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