Covid-19 Update

March 16, 2020

Dear Constituents,

Out of caution, The House of Commons adopted a motion that parliament remain suspended until April 20th. This measure is a precaution to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. As schools, community centres, and other large events have shut down, I have made the decision that my office will be closed for in-person interactions.

My staff and myself will continue to serve the constituents of Niagara West, and we will continue to deliver all services over the telephone or via email.

I cannot stress the importance of reminding people not to panic,

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Transitioning to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Government of Canada has announced a new benefit, called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will focus on delivering immediate financial support to Canadians impacted by COVID-19. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as w

More March 26th, 2020

Senate approves emergency bill to respond to COVID-19 crisis

OTTAWA — Emergency federal moves to inject $82 billion of help into the Canadian economy for workers, families and businesses hit hard by COVID-19 have passed the Senate and now await royal assent.

The Senate passed the bill after two hours of discussion and debate Wednesday morning, including an hour of senators’ peppering Finance Minister Bill Morneau with questions.

Morneau said once the Senate passed the bill and it gets royal assent, emergency benefits for workers would come as early as the first week of April, while top-ups for child benefits

More March 25th, 2020

Working Together to Stop COVID In Our Community

By: Dr. Joan Bellaire, MD

My favourite African proverb comes to mind during this time, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.  As the world and our community struggle with the COVID pandemic the importance of working together rings especially true. 

Our dedicated medical community: family doctors, nurses, hospital staff, administrators, midwives and all those working in other settings such as hospice, long-term care, and clinics, are working together to the best of our abilities to ensure we bring the community through this unu

More March 23rd, 2020

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Support for Canadians

  Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most


More March 18th, 2020