Ottawa extending multiple COVID-19 subsidies for workers, businesses amid Delta spread

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government is extending multiple COVID-19 benefits due to expire next month for an extra 30 days amid reopening delays and concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.

At a press conference on Friday, Freeland announced the wage subsidy and the rent subsidy are being extended, as are the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

All had been set to expire on Sept. 25, but will now run until Oct. 23.

“From the government’s perspective, it is essential to do everything we can to make sure the country’s economic recovery is fast and robust, and that no one is left behind,” said Freeland.

“These support measures have been a lifeline.”

More to come.

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