COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020 – 12:00pm

New Mental Health Support for the Vulnerable

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the nation’s children today, acknowledging the tension and anxiety that kids and their families are feeling. He announced that the government is investing $7.5 million in Kid’s Help Phone to provide more trained counsellors and volunteers. He encouraged young people to contact Kid’s Help Phone if they are looking for support.

The Prime Minister said that, with his Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte, the government will be announcing $9 million in funding to the United Way for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This funding will help support a range of services for seniors, including health check-ins and grocery delivery. Trudeau also reiterated the government’s $200 million commitment to various shelters, including those for the homeless and people fleeing family or sexual violence.

The Prime Minister suggested further support would be coming to help other charities and non-profits working to help vulnerable Canadians. He also asked Canadians to consider lending a hand, either through a charitable donation or volunteering.

The Prime Minister was asked if the government is considering using the Canadian Armed Forces to assist with quarantine efforts. He said there have been no requests from cities or provinces at this time. He said there are currently no plans to do so although all options are on the table for future consideration.

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The Enterprise Team

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