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Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

Since launching the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the federal government has faced specific questions about certain groups of Canadians who might not technically qualify for these benefits but still require assistance. As such, the federal government announced expanded eligibility today for the CERB, including:   Allowing… Continue Reading Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

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Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

Federal Update Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new supports for health care, air transportation, business supports and enhancing the Nutrition North Program for communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Looking ahead, the Prime Minister indicated that further adjustments are forthcoming to the federal economic response plan,… Continue Reading Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

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Ontario’s State of Emergency to Continue

Ontario’s State of Emergency to Continue

Ontario’s State of Emergency to Continue Ontario will be extending the provincial state of emergency until May 12, with the Legislature scheduled to sit at 1:00 pm tomorrow, April 14, for an expedited session. Two main items are on the agenda: Extending the provincial state of emergency… Continue Reading Ontario’s State of Emergency to Continue

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Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

Wage Subsidy Legislation Passes The federal government met for a rare emergency sitting on Saturday during the Easter long weekend to unanimously pass legislation bringing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy into law. The Bill passed the House of Commons around 6:00 pm on Saturday. The Senate concluded… Continue Reading Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

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Extraordinary Measures: A Saturday Sitting

Extraordinary Measures: A Saturday Sitting

The House of Commons has been recalled by the Trudeau Government to sit this Saturday to pass legislation to implement the government’s 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The House sitting will begin at 12:15 pm and the Senate is scheduled to sit at 4:00 pm, indicating the… Continue Reading Extraordinary Measures: A Saturday Sitting

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March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

A Summary of the Numbers: Canada’s employment numbers for Canada are grim, and no one could have predicted the precipitous drop in employment figures that Statistics Canada revealed for March 2020. Over 1 million Canadians have joined the unemployed ranks in March, bringing the unemployment rate up… Continue Reading March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

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Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

A key plank of the federal government’s economic response to COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), received adjustments to address program gaps and opened the program to private sector employers, not-for-profits, and charities. The Prime Minister stated he is hoping to have the program open for… Continue Reading Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

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COVID-19 Responses Come Into Focus, But Road Ahead Remains Uncertain

COVID-19 Responses Come Into Focus, But Road Ahead Remains Uncertain

Following Ontario’s release of its pandemic projections last week, Quebec and Alberta have followed suit, illustrating the impact of COVID-19 within provinces across Canada. The picture that is emerging is that the pandemic is hitting Canada’s provinces differently. In Ontario and Quebec, the pandemic is on track… Continue Reading COVID-19 Responses Come Into Focus, But Road Ahead Remains Uncertain

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Implementation Challenges Government Responses to COVID-19

Implementation Challenges Government Responses to COVID-19

As governments across Canada maintain and extend public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19, they are also facing significant implementation challenges to deliver relief and support measures. For the federal government, this week marks a shift to program implementation as applications open for the Canada… Continue Reading Implementation Challenges Government Responses to COVID-19

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What Would the Ontario Deficit Look Like if the Quarantine Lasts Until August?

What Would the Ontario Deficit Look Like if the Quarantine Lasts Until August?

By Gabriel Sekaly Ontario’s Action Plan announced by the Ontario government on March 25 hit the mark in terms of a good first step in dealing the economic and fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic situation arising out of this pandemic is unprecedented and the… Continue Reading What Would the Ontario Deficit Look Like if the Quarantine Lasts Until August?

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