Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says COVID-19 Pandemic Provided a Chance to Reshape Canada’s Future

On Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the time to share some words of encouragement and motivation to Canadians during his daily updates and address from Rideau Cottage. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created an “unprecedented challenge” from closures of schools to businesses for the past few months, the Prime Minister says that the pandemic has opened opportunities to rethink and reshape Canada’s future. 

“If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity to figure out what matters in our communities, to have meaningful conversations about how we can take care of those around us, and perhaps above all, to think about what kind of future we want to build together,” said the Prime Minister in his address this morning. 

Since the start of the pandemic, several concerns have been exposed in Canada including the state of long-term care homes and the pay rates for some essential workers.

In addressing these concerns Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the federal government is ready to take on these issues as Canada begins to prepare for its future after the pandemic. 

“We have the chance to shape our country and our world for the better, and I know that we’re up for the task,” said the Prime Minister.

Other Pandemic Updates including Financial Aid Measures and Assistance Programs for Canadians

In the past few weeks, many businesses and offices across the country have been given the green light to reopen if they implement health safety procedures.

However, despite the gradual reopening of businesses, millions of Canadians are still out of work and continue to claim the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). 

The federal government has extended the benefit program by eight weeks to accommodate for unemployed workers who may need more time to find a job. 

“Even as things start to improve for many people, we also have to remember that some industries have been hit harder than others, and if you work in one of those sectors, it might take longer to find a job. In the coming weeks, we want you to be able to focus on finding work, not be worrying about your benefits,” said the Prime Minister. 

On the other hand, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also reiterated that the federal government’s Wage Subsidy program, which has paid out more than $13 billion to eligible businesses, has helped more than 200,000 employers rehire workers as their business operations gradually resumes.

“By using this benefit, employers have helped 2.6 million Canadians stay in the workplace. These are jobs people rely on to pay the bills and to put food on the table. Jobs that matter to Canadians and their families,” Trudeau said on Monday.

Canada’s COVID-19 Statistics

Despite the rapid growth in the number of cases worldwide in the latest figures released by the World Health Organization, the epidemic growth in Canada continues to slow down.

As of Monday morning, it was reported that there are more than 101,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada, with more 64,000 of the confirmed cases have fully recovered from the virus.

COVID-19 Cases in Canada:

Confirmed Cases: 101,550 (+230 new cases)

Deaths: 8,433 (+3 new deaths)

Recovered: 64,287 (+519 recoveries)

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