“Right now, a lot of people are sitting around the kitchen table with bills trying to figure out what needs to be paid and how to plan for the coming months. If you’ve been laid off, had your hours reduced or are worried about your industry, these might be really stressful decisions. Far too many Canadians are having these tough conversations about finances and their future. Just look at the numbers – last week, almost a million people applied for employment insurance. The hard truth is that people are out of work because of this crisis and are worried about what comes next so I want you to know that we’ll be there to help you. our government is doing everything we can to be there for you.
Early this morning the house of commons passed an emergency bill to help people as quickly as possible. The bill is now before the senate. I do hope that its passage can be done quickly so that we can help Canadians as soon as possible. we will have more details about this later this week and further measures to announce. And this is only the beginning. But this new legislation will allow us to take the necessary measures to support you immediately. We will be enhancing the Canada Child Benefit and delaying by three months the time to repay student loans, and with this legislation we are introducing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This benefit will replace the two benefits we announced last week – the emergency care benefit and the emergency support benefit – in order to simplify the process. As I’ve been saying from the outset, as the situation evolves we are adjusting our efforts to help you better. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide $2000 a month for the next four months to workers who are not getting a paycheque because of covid-19.So if you’ve lost your job, or you were working on a contract basis or were self-employed, this benefit will be there for you.
If you’re sick, or in quarantine, or if you’re looking after someone who is infected this benefit will be there for you
If you have to remain at home without receiving a salary to look after your children or seniors, this benefit will be there for you and even if you still have a job but you’re not receiving any salary because of the crisis, the new Canada emergency response benefit will be there for you. There will be an online portal to put through applications.It will be available very soon and people will start to receive money within 10 days of applying.
The CERB will provide $2,000 a month for the next four months for workers who lose their income as a result of covid-19. This will replace the two benefits we announced last week: the emergency care benefit and the emergency support benefit in order to streamline the process . Like I said from the start we will adapt our approach wherever needed.
if you’ve lost your job because of covid-19 whether you’re full-time contract or self-employed this new benefit will be there for you.
if you’re sick or quarantined, looking after someone sick, or at home,taking care of your kids it’s there for you. And even if you’re still employed but not receiving income because of this crisis, the CERB is there for you.
An application portal will launch as quickly as possible and people should start receiving money within 10 days of applying. I know people are concerned about delays. families are worried about when they’’ll get help. It can be hard to get through on the line and that is frustrating. public servants are working around the clock while dealing with unprecedented demand and all of the same personal stress everyone else is facing.
They will get to your application. help is on the way. In order to speed things up we’re rapidly deploying workers from different departments to deal with claims. In the last 10 days we’ve boosted the team by close to 13,000 people to take your calls, process your claims and get you the support you need. and since last Monday we’ve already processed 143000 employment insurance claims that means more money will go directly to people right across the country. We’re working to get you the support you need when you need it. and if you’re doing okay that’s a way you can help someone else as an employer, a landlord or even just a friend so you can be part of the solution. It can make all the difference. because it’s by working together that we’ll get through this. and our team knows that. We’re collaborating with the provinces and territories as well as with First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nations communities to coordinate our efforts and ensure that everyone is supported.
Earlier this week with the premiers we also discussed testing for covid-19. we know that how long you wait for your results varies widely. the premiers and I know we need to address that and we are. This is something Minister Haidu and I discuss with officials every day and we’ll continue doing what’s needed to speed up results for everyone.
but I also want to recognize the incredible work medical professionals are doing on this front. According to Dr. Tam, we’re now testing about 10,000 people a day. That’s a huge increase in numbers in a very shortperios of time and it’s because people across the country are working tirelessly to make it happen.At the same time we’re helping companies Labs and scientific institutions produce and Supply what we need most from masks and ventilators to vaccines and antiviral drugs. We’re collaborating with Airlines to get Canadians home from abroad and instructing everyone that they must isolate at home for 14 days we’re also working with our International Partners on this crisis. this morning I had calls with President Sall of Senegal, and President Kagame of Rwanda to share strategies on keeping people safe and addressing the economic impacts of this pandemic. I’ve also spoken to Prime Minister Abiy of Ethiopia and president Kenyatta of Kenya about International coordination. and tomorrow I’ll be speaking with other G20 leaders to discuss further Global coordination to our response.
More than ever, it is absolutely essential that Canadians have access to the most recent information. But like everyone, the media is also feeling the consequences of this virus. To ensure that journalists can continue to do their work, it is even more critical in the midst of a crisis and therefore our government is announcing measures to support them. Minister Guilbeault will provide additional details later but in the meantime, I want to thank all journalists and our Canadian media, who are keeping Canadians aware of the latest developments with facts and reliable information. we very much appreciate your work.
right now, it’s more important than ever that Canadians have access to the latest news and information to ensure that journalists can continue to do this vital work, our government is announcing new measures to support them.
Minister Guilbeault will have more to say about this shortly, but I want to take a moment to thank our journalists and media for everything they do today and everyday
Above all, the most important way we can work together is by staying apart social distancing is our best tool to stop people from getting sick I know people are seeing different graphs about how effective social distancing can be and new maps tracking the spread of this virus. Every time you turn on the TV or go online, you probably read something new. I know I do. And you’ll want to know what’s coming next. Today, I’ll be getting the latest modelling from the public health agency of Canada, and we’ll discuss how to share this information even more directly with all of you. But you deserve the best information about what’s happening today and what tomorrow might bring, because otherwise, the uncertainty can be really tough, not just for your routine, but for your mental health too. We’re facing a once-in-a-generation challenge, but on top of that, you can’t do many of the things that keep you feeling good. Getting together with friends, or having dinner with your neighbour. If you need help, reach out to your neighbour, to a friend, to a sibling, to a hotline, but do it from home. Don’t go out unless you absolutely have to. If you’re already following these rules, thank you for doing your part. If you aren’t,know that you’re making a dangerous choice, because ignoring these rules puts every single one of us, yourself included, at risk.
This is the reality. If people refuse to follow the recommendations, our doctors and nurses have more likelihood of contracting Covid-19. And if our healthcare professionals get sick, they cannot go to work, and therefore they cannot take care of you if you get sick. Our country is facing the greatest Healthcare crisis in its history. we cannot allow ourselves to put people at risk who take care of our health.
So instead of inviting people over for dinner, don’t do it. That puts everyone at risk. Grocers technicians, bus drivers, farmers, people who collect our garbage – all of those people deserve better. We must protect them. It’s not hard to do what we’re asking you to do. Just stay home. If you absolutely must go out, keep a two metre distance between you and others, and if you are coming back from travel abroad, go directly home and stay there for at least 14 days. That applies to everyone. In order to come through this, we must all look after each other and we must all do our share. I know that we can do this and I know that Canadians are equal to the task.