Shomporko Desk: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday announced additional economic measures to help Canadians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau said the government will spend up to $82 billion, including $27 billion in direct support for Canadian workers and businesses and another $55 billion in economic stimulus. Now, Bill Morneau said the direct help to families and businesses totals $52 billion, bringing the overall size of the economic aid package to $107 billion.
Bill Morneau said the government managed to see this change updated in the legislation that worked through both the House and Senate in the last 24 hours.
We’ve designed this in a way so that it’s a wage subsidy delivered directly to employees, to people,” Morneau said.
The prime minister said that the federal government is doing everything it can to help those worried about paying bills, including boosting the teams processing the ballooning number of claims that have already been filed.