The federal government is providing $14 billion to the provinces and territories to help them “safely and carefully” reopen their economies.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at his daily news conference outside his residence at Rideau Cottage this morning, saying the money will help pay for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line health care workers and businesses, and for child care so that parents can go back to work.
“Provinces and territories are facing different realities, so flexibility will be important, but here’s the bottom line: For seniors and people who need extra support, for kids and workers – this plan is here for you,” Trudeau said.
“With this safe restart agreement, we’re proposing a standard of support to keep every Canadian, right across the country, safe and healthy as we get our country back on their feet.”
Trudeau also announced that Canadians with disabilities will receive a one-time payment of up to $600 to help offset the higher costs of living during the pandemic.
The government has announced emergency aid for unemployed Canadians, students, businesses and seniors, but advocates say that people with disabilities were falling through the cracks.
Many face increases in the cost of living, such as higher grocery bills and delivery service fees.
“Whether it’s buying PPE, or covering the cost of support workers, many Canadians with disabilities are facing unexpected bills that can be hard to pay,” Trudeau said.
We are also establishing a National Workplace Accessibility Stream, to help people with disabilities find, and keep, a good job. And we’re funding five new projects across the country that will help people get supportive devices to overcome barriers in the workplace.
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