Shomporko Desk:- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 240,000 people successfully applied for emergency relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the first few hours after the federal government opened the process this morning.
The benefit offers $500-a-week payments for workers who have lost all their income. Trudeau says changes to the program will come soon to offer help for people whose hours have been slashed, but who are still working a little. He also is promising more details on how the government intends to help those who are earning less now than they would if they were receiving the 16-week benefit, citing care workers for the elderly as an example. Trudeau didn’t say how many people have thus far today been unable to be approved for the benefit.