COVID-19 Update for May 7, 2020 – 12:15pm
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s update focused on the initiative to top up the pay of essential workers.
Essential Worker Pay Top-Up Agreement Finalized
The Prime Minister announced that an agreement has been reached between the federal government and with all provinces and territories, with the federal government covering 75 percent of the cost of the program, or $3 billion, and the provinces and territories covering the remaining $1 billion.
Trudeau noted that it is up to each province and territory to determine which professions will qualify for the top-up, but said “the bottom line is this…if you’re risking your health to keep this country moving and you’re still making minimum wage, you deserve a raise.”
You can read the official news release here.
Canadian Armed Forces Update
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) sent out a news release this morning updating the country on the work they are doing in long-term care facilities and in remote communities across the country.
Approximately 1,350 CAF members will be deployed in 25 facilities across Quebec, with many of them located in and around Montreal. In Ontario, 265 CAF members are providing assistance in five facilities while over 1,200 Canadian Rangers have been deployed in remote areas in Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
You can read the Canadian Armed Force’s news release here.
We hope you are finding these COVID-19 updates useful. In addition to trying to keep on top of the fast-changing situation, Enterprise is also working to support local charities during these challenging times. If you are able, your contributions to this effort would be deeply appreciated.
To donate, please click on the organization below:
- Toronto – Food Banks Canada
- Thunder Bay – Food Banks North West
- Hamilton/Niagara – Hamilton Food Share
- Alberta – Hope Mission
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
The Enterprise Team