Some key developments are coming this week in the country’s relentless struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
They begin today with businesses being allowed to apply for the federal government’s $73 billion wage subsidy program.
Companies that qualify will get a subsidy worth 75 per cent of each employee’s wages, up to $847 per week, retroactive from March 15 to June 6. And for those organizations that can, the government is asking employers to fill in the remaining quarter.
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First payments are expected to arrive by the end of next week.
Later this week, Quebec and Ontario, which account for the vast majority of Canada’s COVID-19 cases, are expected to unveil frameworks for reopening their locked down economies.
Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have already announced tentative timelines for a return to some semblance of normality.
Despite evidence of some flattening COVID-19 curves, both politicians and public health officials are stressing the need for a cautious, go slow approach to guard against a surge of second wave infections.
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Trudeau has also said that none of the recovery plans hinge on people being immune to catching COVID-19 twice.
Yesterday the country reported more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 and at least 95 additional deaths.
The national toll to date stands at 46,895 confirmed cases, including 2,560 deaths and 17,334 cases resolved.
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