Canada Emergency Response Benefit

On March 25, 2020, the Government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses.

The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More April 1st, 2020

PM Trudeau says more medical supplies coming in days as industry retools

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the federal government is spending $2 billion to procure more diagnostic testing, ventilators, and personal protective equipment for front-line workers in the COVID-19 fight, with some supplies set to be ready within days.

“Demand for these goods is going up, so were making sure Canada is ready to keep up,” Trudeau said, adding that the government is also making bulk purchases of the essential protective gear for the provinces and territories.

“We’re expecting shipments to come in in the coming days and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to get the supplies to where they’re needed.”

Providing an update on the March 20 appeal to manufacturers to pivot their production lines to supply various life-saving medical supplies,

More March 31st, 2020

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 working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.

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 and GST cheques will flow in May.

Morneau acknowledged there is a need for cash to move as soon as possible but warned the government is not set up to deliver funds any faster than that.

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 unusual and scary time.  We are all providing care within our clinics,

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

  Flexibility for Taxpayers


More March 18th, 2020