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HALIFAX —
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Nova Scotia, where 26 new cases were reported Wednesday.

This is the biggest spike of cases reported in one day.

The provincial government says more than 1,000 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab on Tuesday.

To date, Nova Scotia has 6,591 negative test results and 173 confirmed cases.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday that while it’s good so many tests are coming back negative, he is concerned the province is seeing double-digit cases most days, and signs of community spread.

“This does make me nervous. I didn’t sleep well last night thinking about this,” said Strang during Wednesday’s news conference.

“The next few weeks are critical.”

Most COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia are connected to travel or a known case, but there is one confirmed case of community transmission, and some cases are still under investigation.

Five people are currently in hospital while 11 people have recovered from the virus. Their cases are considered resolved.

The individuals range in age from under 10 to over 80.

The government says cases have been identified across the province, and a map with more information about where the cases are located is coming soon.

Among the new cases announced Wednesday is a staff member at The Magnolia Continuing Care Community in Enfield, N.S.

A total of three staff members and two residents at the facility have now tested positive for the virus.

The province says the residents are in isolation at the facility and staff members are isolating at home.

All residents are being monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 and their temperature is being checked twice a day.

Two other long-term care facilities in the province have been impacted by COVID-19.

A staff member at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, N.S. previously tested positive for the virus, along with an employee at Lewis Hall, a private retirement community in Dartmouth, N.S.

The province says they are both isolating at home and infection prevention and control measures are in place at the facilities.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in contact with the province’s confirmed cases of COVID-19. All confirmed cases, and those who have been in contact with them, are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotians who develop symptoms such as fever, a new cough, or acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others and use the online assessment tool to determine if they should call 811.

The province says anyone referred to a COVID-19 assessment site by 811 will be tested.

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‘You will be charged’: Halifax mayor has stern warning for people breaking into parks and fields http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/you-will-be-charged-halifax-mayor-has-stern-warning-for-people-breaking-into-parks-and-fields/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/you-will-be-charged-halifax-mayor-has-stern-warning-for-people-breaking-into-parks-and-fields/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:33:16 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/you-will-be-charged-halifax-mayor-has-stern-warning-for-people-breaking-into-parks-and-fields/

HALIFAX —
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has a stern warning for people who are breaking into closed parks and sports fields amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Savage released a video on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, reminding the public that parks and sports fields in the Halifax Regional Municipality are closed.

Savage says he has received reports of people climbing fences, moving barricades, and even removing locks to get into parks and sports fields.

“Some of you may think you’re not vulnerable to COVID-19 — and by the way, you are — but think about everybody else,” said Savage.

“That kind of activity is not only reckless, it’s dangerous and it’s illegal, and you can and you will be charged.”

Savage thanked those who are following the rules and noted that, the sooner everyone complies, the sooner the parks and fields will reopen.

“We’ll get through this together and the fields will be open someday, but only when we all do the right things. These are closed right now.”

The warning comes as police in the province start to crack down on people who are violating Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Act, which was declared last month in response to the pandemic.

Halifax Regional Police have issued at least two tickets — one to a 57-year-old man in Shubie Park Monday afternoon and another to a 44-year-old woman in Point Pleasant Park Sunday afternoon.

The tickets each carry a fine of $697.50.

In Truro, N.S., a 42-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman were ticketed for walking their dogs in a closed soccer field Tuesday evening.

On Sunday, the Truro Police Service issued a ticket to a 65-year-old man for failing to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the province.

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Four people in N.S. charged for failing to self-isolate, maintain a social distance http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/four-people-in-n-s-charged-for-failing-to-self-isolate-maintain-a-social-distance/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/four-people-in-n-s-charged-for-failing-to-self-isolate-maintain-a-social-distance/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:41:00 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/four-people-in-n-s-charged-for-failing-to-self-isolate-maintain-a-social-distance/

HALIFAX —
Nova Scotia RCMP have charged four people under the Health Protection Act in connection with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, police say two people were charged for failing to self-isolate after returning from out of the country.

Two others were charged for failing to maintain a social distance of two metres or six feet.

The four were charged on Tuesday and each fined $697.50.

Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokesperson with Halifax District RCMP, would not tell CTV News where the individuals were charged or where the offences allegedly took place, only that they occurred in Nova Scotia.

Crouteau said RCMP would not release specific information about the individuals, such as their age or gender.

Croteau did say the two charges of failing to self-isolate were separate incidents. The charges of failing to maintain a social distance of two metres were connected and both people were charged.

The RCMP officer said the charges were laid as a result of tips from the public.

The RCMP is urging people to follow the steps outlined by the provincial government to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Nova Scotians are very good at looking out for one another in times of need,” said the statement from RCMP.

“We are asking people to help protect their communities by reporting crime and suspicious behaviour to police.”

At least one other Nova Scotian has been fined for failing to self-isolate. The Truro Police Service ticketed a 65-year-old man on Sunday after receiving complaints that he was “blatantly disregarding the self-isolation rules.”

Nova Scotians who travel outside of the province are required to self-isolate once they return. Citizens are also required to maintain a physical distance of two metres, or six feet, in accordance with the Health Protection Act.

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Nova Scotia reports 26 new COVID-19 cases; total at 173 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/nova-scotia-reports-26-new-covid-19-cases-total-at-173/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/nova-scotia-reports-26-new-covid-19-cases-total-at-173/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:49:00 +0000 https://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/nova-scotia-reports-26-new-covid-19-cases-total-at-173/

HALIFAX —
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Nova Scotia, where 26 new cases were reported Wednesday.

This brings the total number of cases in the province to 173.

The provincial government says more than 1,000 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab on Tuesday.

Most COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia are connected to travel or a known case, but there is one confirmed case of community transmission, and some cases are still under investigation.

One of the 26 new cases is a staff member at The Magnolia Continuing Care Community in Enfield, N.S.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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‘Now is the time for us to stay close to home,’ says Nova Scotia’s top doctor http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/now-is-the-time-for-us-to-stay-close-to-home-says-nova-scotias-top-doctor/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/now-is-the-time-for-us-to-stay-close-to-home-says-nova-scotias-top-doctor/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:40:04 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/now-is-the-time-for-us-to-stay-close-to-home-says-nova-scotias-top-doctor/

Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer warned the public Wednesday against finding “loopholes” with COVID-19 restrictions in place across the province.

“Now is not the time to be thinking about how we can get out and continue my usual activities,” Dr. Robert Strang said at a press conference.

Some of the restrictions include maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres from other people, not gathering in crowds of more than five people and only going outside to get groceries or go for a walk in one’s neighbourhood.

“Understand now is the time for us to stay close to home, minimize our interaction with others to protect each other,” Strang said.

He was responding to a petition circulating on social media asking to reopen the fly fishing season. The season has been delayed until May 1 because of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total up to 173.

Premier Stephen McNeil noted the 26 cases in one day is the most recorded to date in the province.

He said while those numbers are “worrisome,” it’s important to put it in context. He said the province tested more than 1,000 people in 24 hours. That is a fivefold increase over the testing capacity two weeks ago.

“What we are doing as a province so far is working. This doesn’t mean that we become complacent or arrogant. The virus does not discriminate and it moves quickly,” McNeil said.

He said front-line workers are risking their lives to protect those who need care.

“The very least that we can do is protect them by following these protocols,” he said.

On Wednesday, Premier Stephen McNeil noted the 26 cases in one day is the most recorded in Nova Scotia to date. (CBC)

COVID-19 was previously confirmed in three seniors facilities: R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, N.S., Lewis Hall, a private retirement-living community in Dartmouth, N.S., and the Magnolia residential care home in Enfield, N.S.

One of the 26 new cases announced Wednesday is a staff member at the Magnolia. That means three staff members and two residents at the facility have now tested positive for COVID-19.

In a news release, the province said residents are being monitored for symptoms of COVID-19, which includes temperature checks twice a day.

Be kind to truck drivers, travellers

Strang said it’s important to show support to truck drivers who are delivering goods after hearing reports of “some people not being welcoming to truckers and to travellers.”

“They don’t have the normal supports that they may have, but they still need access to essentials of food, being able to go to the bathroom,” Strang said.

McNeil echoed those comments.

“It’s incumbent on all of us to support them in a safe manner, the same as when some of our sons and daughters in other parts of the country are trying to get home to self-isolate with their families,” he said.

6,591 negative test results so far

There have been 6,591 negative test results so far in Nova Scotia.

In Tuesday’s briefing, Strang said the province will soon start providing more information on where COVID-19 cases are located, with a breakdown by Nova Scotia’s four health zones. 

Strang also warned people to be skeptical about health advice being offered online by non-official sources, or products that claim to protect against COVID-19.

Strang also noted four Nova Scotia Health Authority employees tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are separate from the nursing home employees.

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26 new cases of COVID-19 bring Nova Scotia’s total to 173 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/26-new-cases-of-covid-19-bring-nova-scotias-total-to-173/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/26-new-cases-of-covid-19-bring-nova-scotias-total-to-173/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:40:04 +0000 https://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/26-new-cases-of-covid-19-bring-nova-scotias-total-to-173/

Nova Scotia announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, now bringing the provincial total up to 173.

COVID-19 was previously confirmed in three seniors facilities: R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, N.S., Lewis Hall, a private retirement-living community in Dartmouth, N.S., and the Magnolia residential care home in Enfield, N.S.

One of the 26 new cases announced Wednesday is a staff member at the Magnolia. That means three staff members and two residents at the facility have now tested positive for COVID-19.

There have been 6,591 negative test results so far.

In a news release, the province said residents are being monitored for symptoms of COVID-19, which includes temperature checks twice a day.

In Tuesday’s briefing, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said the province will soon start providing more information on where COVID-19 cases are located, with a breakdown by Nova Scotia’s four health zones. 

Strang also warned people to be skeptical about health advice being offered online by non-official sources, or products that claim to protect against COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Strang also noted four Nova Scotia Health Authority employees tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are separate from the nursing home employees.

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Can someone else walk my dog? And more COVID-19 questions from Nova Scotians, answered http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/can-someone-else-walk-my-dog-and-more-covid-19-questions-from-nova-scotians-answered/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/can-someone-else-walk-my-dog-and-more-covid-19-questions-from-nova-scotians-answered/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:58:24 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/can-someone-else-walk-my-dog-and-more-covid-19-questions-from-nova-scotians-answered/

Q: We have community spread now. What does that mean? What is the province doing differently? 

In cases of community spread, public health workers have not been able to find a link (even a second or third-hand link) to someone who travelled. Alternatively, they have not been able to explain how the person was exposed. In that case, they conclude the case is one of community spread. 

The province identified its first case of community spread on March 30. Dr. Strang told Information Morning Nova Scotia on March 31 once there is a “confirmed” case of community spread, there are bound to be others. Public health officials have been expecting community spread to happen for some time. 

“Once [community spread] comes to your attention…it’s already been around for a while. Because many people are mildly ill, or sometimes even have no symptoms when they have it,” he said. 

The fact we now have evidence of community spread does not change the province’s approach to fighting COVID-19, except that it is a reminder to stick even more strictly to the directions from public health:

  • Keep a two-metre (six foot) distance from other people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Minimize your interactions with other people

Q: Who qualifies for testing? 

Dr. Strang told Information Morning Nova Scotia on March 31 that the province is still testing mostly based on travel, because that’s still the main way that COVID-19 has been introduced in Nova Scotia. You can always check the online screening tool to determine whether you should call 811. However, the testing criteria has expanded:

Q: If I go for a COVID-19 test, how quickly will my results come back? 

On March 31, Dr. Strang said it may take 48-72 hours for you to hear back from an 811 nurse, but everyone who has a test will hear back from a real person, no matter whether your test is negative or positive. 

 “You will hear from a human voice, not a recorded message, somebody that you can talk to and ask your questions,” he said. 

The actual amount of time it takes to perform a test once a sample arrives in the laboratory is a bit shorter. As of March 30, the testing lab was able to process results within 24 hours. That’s according to a March 30 interview with Charles Heinstein, the technical manager of microbiology for the QEII Health Sciences Centre microbiology lab in Halifax. 

Q: Do we have enough supplies in the testing lab? 

According to a March 31 CBC interview with Dr. Strang, there are no problems with getting swabs and reagents for the lab tests. Lab manager Charles Heinstein told CBC on March 30 the greatest limitation to the number of tests that can be done is the number of trained staff.

There were approximately 10 people who worked in the lab prior to COVID-19. So far, that number has roughly doubled. The lab instruments are also a limitation. 

“You can only put a limited number of samples on each extractor that you have, and those extractors take an hour and a half to two hours to cycle through all the samples that are on it,” Heinstein told CBC.

As of April 4, the lab intends to move to 24-hour-a-day shifts, which will substantially increase capacity. 

Lab capacity has expanded from 150-200 tests per day before COVID-19 testing started, to approximately 600-800 tests per day as of March 30.

Q: When will we start to flatten the curve? 

Dr. Strang said on March 29 it takes one to two weeks of time lag before public health can start to see the impact of stronger physical distancing measures. 

“The cases we see today, their exposure didn’t happen yesterday – it happened one to two weeks ago,” he said. Most people start to show symptoms within five to seven days, although in some people symptoms show up as late as 14 days after exposure. 

Nova Scotia first began measures enforcing self-isolation and physical distancing on March 13 for a limited group of people.

The province’s most restrictive measures for self-isolation and physical distancing thus far were put in place on March 22 when a state of emergency was declared.

Counting forward from those dates by two weeks gives a range of between March 27 and April 5. The effect of physical distancing, if it’s noticeable, would be weighted toward the later end of the range and after April 5, because the measures were phased in over time. 

However it is important to know that even if we start to “flatten the curve,” that does not necessarily mean we will see the daily reported numbers of cases go down immediately.

In British Columbia, officials reported on March 27 that physical distancing had halved the daily increase in growth of new cases from 24 per cent to 12 per cent. That means B.C. has made a difference with physical distancing, but it is still reporting many new cases every day.

If you want to understand more about how to interpret COVID-19 numbers, here is an explanation from a CBC News data journalist.

Q: Are people who recover from COVID-19 immune? 

According to Jeanette Boudreau, an immunologist and associate professor at Dalhousie University, we don’t know for sure but the answer is likely yes

“That is what happens with other coronaviruses, and for that matter, all the other viruses that we know of out there,” she said. 

However, as Boudreau told Matt Galloway of CBC Radio’s The Current, we do not know how long that immunity will last. She described immunity to the SARS coronavirus as “pretty strong, on the order of a few years.” Immunity to other coronaviruses such as colds seems to last a shorter time such as a year or two.

Q: How is the school year going to continue? 

The province has said students from Grade Primary to Grade 9 will receive at-home learning packages bi-weekly through Saltwire Network’s flyer distribution service. The province has given direction to all teachers that after April 6 they will start submitting their learning plans to their principals.

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education plans to start distributing its packages on April 8. 

Students in Grades 10 to 12 are also able to receive at-home learning packages, particularly if they do not have home internet. The province is asking teachers to work with those students to figure out their needs. 

Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill told Information Morning Cape Breton on March 31 the province is anticipating about 30 per cent of students do not have access to the internet at home. In some cases, the province expects teachers will have to do one-on-one sessions with students using either the internet or telephone. Mental health support will be available if families ask their teacher for help. 

The province is giving teachers discretion to use what resources they can to connect with students, including group online teaching.

For students who have disabilities or special needs, Churchill said the Department of Education is working with the Department of Health to see if educational assistants can go into homes to provide respite care for parents. 

“We’re working with [the department of] Health on establishing safe parameters to do that,” Churchill said. He added that he expected the next school year would involve some catch-up work. 

“If things play out in our favour we’ll get back to school earlier than that,” he said. “But that’s really going to depend on how the pandemic continues to play its hand here in Nova Scotia.”

Q: If I’m self-isolating, can I walk my dog? If not, should I send my dog to stay with someone else? 

No, you are not permitted to leave your property if you are in self-isolation due to travel or because of contact with someone who has COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Wellness clarified in an email to CBC News on March 25 that people in those situations are only allowed to be outside on on their own deck, balcony or yard. Otherwise, they have to stay indoors.

People who live in apartment buildings or condominiums should avoid common areas. They must not leave their own units for 14 days, with the exception of their own balcony.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says there is no evidence to suggest dogs or any other animals can catch COVID-19. But it believes there may be a chance if someone pets or coughs on an animal, the virus could be transmitted to the next person who pets the animal. It recommends you limit your pet’s contact with other people and animals.

On March 12, the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown suggested to CBC that if you are self-isolating, your pet should self-isolate with you. That means you should not send your pet to live with someone else.

Q: How long will these social restrictions last? 

The short answer is, we don’t know yet.

Dr. Strang said during the daily briefing on March 31 that public health is not yet at the point where they’re talking about loosening social restrictions. They’re busy right now dealing with the immediate crisis. 

“We know that we are a number of weeks out before we can even begin discussions about how we lift the public health measures,” he said, but there will come a time when it’s appropriate. 

Dr. Strang said when that happens, he and his public health colleagues will look at the patterns of how the virus has spread in Nova Scotia and the experiences of other countries, and that will give them signals about when to start loosening the public health measures.

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P.E.I. reports no new COVID-19 cases; 3 cases recovered http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/p-e-i-reports-no-new-covid-19-cases-3-cases-recovered/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/p-e-i-reports-no-new-covid-19-cases-3-cases-recovered/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:52:00 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/p-e-i-reports-no-new-covid-19-cases-3-cases-recovered/

HALIFAX —
No new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Prince Edward Island on Wednesday, keeping the province’s total number of cases at 21, said Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer.

As previously reported, all of P.E.I.’s cases are related to international travel.

The province has conducted 870 tests to date, with 665 negative results.

Three of the reported cases are now considered recovered.

Forty-eight per cent of the cases on Prince Edward Island are female. Sixty-two per cent of the cases are in Queens County while 28 per cent of the cases are in Prince County.

Morrison says the most common symptoms of the cases on Prince Edward Island are similar to those across the country.

“The presenting symptoms are cough, chills, and headache,” said Morrison during Wednesday’s news conference.

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Trudeau looks to recall Parliament to pass ‘biggest economic measures in our lifetimes’ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/trudeau-looks-to-recall-parliament-to-pass-biggest-economic-measures-in-our-lifetimes/ http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/trudeau-looks-to-recall-parliament-to-pass-biggest-economic-measures-in-our-lifetimes/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:09:00 +0000 http://mynovascotia.info/2020/04/01/trudeau-looks-to-recall-parliament-to-pass-biggest-economic-measures-in-our-lifetimes/

OTTAWA —
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked members of his cabinet to reach out to opposition parties about bringing back Parliament once again, to consider the expansions being made to COVID-19 financial aid, as he restates the reality that Canada could be in for a months-long fight against the virus.

Updating Canadians on the federal government’s response plan to the pandemic, Trudeau confirmed that starting April 6, Canadians can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and get their money within 10 days or faster if they apply for direct deposit. But if they are set to get the new 75 per cent wage subsidy, they cannot collect both.

“It’s one or the other,” Trudeau said.

Speaking to the major expansion of the wage subsidy, Trudeau called it the largest economic program in Canadian history, and that’s why he thinks Parliament should be reconvened to assess it.

Trudeau has asked the government house leader and deputy prime minister to reach out to the other parties to discuss a date to return, something the Official Opposition has already indicated openness to, rather than signing what it called a months-long “blank cheque” to the Liberals.

“Governments of all orders across the country are stepping up to fulfill their responsibilities to Canadians. Canada hasn’t seen this type of civic mobilization since the Second World War. These are the biggest economic measures in our lifetimes, to defeat a threat to our health,” Trudeau said.

“These historic measures will support Canadians to stay home to defeat COVID-19, but the government alone cannot win this fight.”

Into a new month, and after Toronto cancelled all major events through to the end of June, Trudeau indicated that the country is likely going to be asked to follow public health measures like physical distancing and subject to additional restrictions and border closures for months, but that depends on how people act today.

Over the last few weeks, Trudeau has faced several questions about the time it’ll take before Canada comes out the other side of the pandemic, and his response has consistently been some version of “weeks or months.” Though, many of the financial assistance measures being implemented are slated to be in effect into the summer.

“How well we do this right now determines where our country will be in two weeks or two months,” Trudeau said, without offering specifics to the question of what internal projections are for the death rate due to this disease in Canada.

The number of fatalities is something other countries have discussed publicly, including the United States, where health officials estimate the death toll could reach at least 100,000 people.

“We all have to answer the call of duty. This is service that most of us have never been called upon to do…. Listening to public health rules is your duty. Staying home is your way to serve, so be smart about what you do, about the choices you make, that is how you’ll serve your country and how we’ll all serve each other,” Trudeau said.

Wednesday afternoon, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will —a day later than initially billed— provide an update on the costs of the expanded wage subsidy for Canadian businesses, after the details were still being worked out.  

On Monday, Trudeau announced that any Canadian businesses whose revenue has decreased by 30 per cent or more due to the pandemic will be eligible for a 75 per cent wage subsidy, regardless of the number of employees they have. This announcement was a major increase to the initial 10 per cent wage subsidy for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced the week prior.

Aimed at helping keep employees on staff, the emergency wage subsidy is being back-dated to March 15 and will be on the first $58,700 earned, meaning up to $847 a week per employee.

This boost came after the initial $107 billion fiscal aid package passed Parliament, prompting some to wonder whether the major wage subsidy increase, which is set to cost billions more, will need Parliament to be recalled once again.

“This must be a Team Canada effort,” Trudeau said on Wednesday.

The government continues to indicate more financial assistance will come to Canadians and impacted sectors as the shutdown of many aspects of society continues, to try to flatten the curve of the virus, meaning the price tag will continue to grow.  

For now, Trudeau is touting the federal approach as a “three-pronged” plan to protect jobs, support businesses, and aid those who are or will be out of work.

“And we’re not done yet,” he said.  

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has asked the government house leader and deputy prime minister to reach out to the opposition parties about bringing back Parliament once again, to consider the expansions being made to COVID-19 financial aid.

Updating Canadians on the federal government’s response plan to the pandemic, Trudeau clarified that starting April 6 Canadians can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and get their money within 10 days, but if they are set to get the new 75 per cent wage subsidy, they cannot collect both.

“It’s one or the other,” Trudeau said.

Describing these measures, and the expansion of the wage subsidy, Trudeau called it the largest economic program in Canadian history, and that’s why he thinks Parliament should be reconvened to assess it.

“Governments of all orders across the country are stepping up to fulfill their responsibilities to Canadians. Canada hasn’t seen this type of civic mobilization since the Second World War. These are the biggest economic measures in our lifetimes, to defeat a threat to our health,” Trudeau said.

“These historic measures will support Canadians to stay home to defeat COVID-19, but the government alone cannot win this fight.”

Into a new month, and after Toronto cancelled all major events through to the end of June, Trudeau indicated that the country is likely going to be asked to follow public health measures like physical distancing and subject to additional restrictions and border closures for months, but that depends on how people act today.  

Over the last few weeks, Trudeau has faced several questions about the time it’ll take before Canada comes out the other side of the pandemic, and his response has consistently been some version of “weeks or months.” Though, many of the financial assistance measures being implemented are slated to be in effect into the summer.

Wednesday afternoon, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will —a day later than initially billed— provide an update on the costs of the expanded wage subsidy for Canadian businesses, after the details were still being worked out.  

On Monday, Trudeau announced that any Canadian businesses whose revenue has decreased by 30 per cent or more due to the pandemic will be eligible for a 75 per cent wage subsidy, regardless of the number of employees they have. This announcement was a major increase to the initial 10 per cent wage subsidy for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced the week prior.

Aimed at helping keep employees on staff, the emergency wage subsidy is being back-dated to March 15 and will be on the first $58,700 earned, meaning up to $847 a week per employee.

This boost came after the initial $107 billion fiscal aid package passed Parliament, prompting some to wonder whether the major wage subsidy increase, which is set to cost billions more, will need Parliament to be recalled once again.

“This must be a Team Canada effort,” Trudeau said on Wednesday.

The government continues to indicate more financial assistance will come to Canadians and impacted sectors as the shutdown of many aspects of society continues, to try to flatten the curve of the virus, meaning the price tag will continue to grow.  

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As April begins, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold what’s become a daily address on the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal government’s response plan.

Into a new month, and after Toronto cancelled all major events through to the end of June, Trudeau could also face questions about what the latest federal projections are for how long the public health measures like physical distancing and border closures will be in effect.

Trudeau has faced several questions about the time it’ll take before Canada comes out the other side of the pandemic, and his response has consistently been some version of “weeks or months.” Though, many of the financial assistance measures being implemented are slated to be in effect into the summer. 

Wednesday afternoon, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will —a day later than initially billed— provide an update on the costs of the expanded wage subsidy for Canadian businesses, after the details were still being worked out. 

On Monday, Trudeau announced that any Canadian businesses whose revenue has decreased by 30 per cent or more due to the pandemic will be eligible for a 75 per cent wage subsidy, regardless of the number of employees they have. This announcement was a major increase to the initial 10 per cent wage subsidy for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced the week prior. 

Aimed at helping keep employees on staff, the emergency wage subsidy is being back-dated to March 15 and will be on the first $58,700 earned, meaning up to $847 a week per employee.

This boost came after the initial $107 billion fiscal aid package passed Parliament, prompting some to wonder whether the major wage subsidy increase, which is set to cost billions more, will need Parliament to be recalled once again. 

The government continues to indicate more financial assistance will come to Canadians and impacted sectors as the shutdown of many aspects of society continues, to try to flatten the curve of the virus, meaning the price tag will continue to grow. 

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