Trudeau offers premiers $14B to help restart economies after coronavirus shutdowns

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is offering $14 billion to the provincial and territorial governments for measures to keep COVID-19 at bay.

He says it’s part of the federal government’s support for restoring economic activity across the country amid the pandemic.

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He says having the right plan and the resources to back it up will be critical to progress through the summer, fall and winter.

How the money is distributed will depend on reaching what Trudeau calls a “safe-restart agreement” between the federal government and each province or territory.

The money would help cover protective equipment for health workers, support for strapped municipalities, paid sick leave and other help for schools and seniors.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau says his government wants to be a ‘partner’ for provinces in a ‘safe, effective’ economic restart

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