During his daily national address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the opportunity to ask employers across the country to begin rehiring their former employees who were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trudeau says that rehiring as many employees as possible will be the key to the economic recovery in the country.
He went on to say how the crisis turned the lives of many upside down due to the sudden job losses, and how it has put “enormous financial pressure” on individuals of all ages.
Trudeau noted that the social and financial assistance programs that have been launched these past two months have given Canadians the money they needed to weather out the pandemic. He also noted that the federal job bank for young people has posted up to 45,000 summer jobs as of Wednesday.
But the question of adequacy remains when it comes to these aid programs, as many people wonder if the financial assistance for students and the commercial rent relief plan will be enough for businesses and industries to continue operations.
As of right now, more than 8 million Canadians continue to collect their $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) cheques, but the federal government is hoping that the reopening businesses will mean more people will return to work and stop collecting CERB cheques.
The wage subsidy program that would assist in covering 75 percent of a business’ wage for employees was also expected to help bring employees back.
But many people remain unemployed, and the number of returning employees are lower than anticipated.
“Maintaining the connection between employer and employee is key not just to helping people get back on their feet, but to keeping the economy strong,” Trudeau said.
“That’s why it’s so important that employers take advantage of this program and rehire their workers”.
As of right now, there are 284,038 approved applications for the wage subsidy program, leading to a total of $7.9 billion in funding.
In response to the reports regarding the long-term care homes made by the Canadian Armed Forces, Trudeau has vowed to make sure that a joint effort by the federal government and all the provincial premiers will get the situation under control.
“We need to do a better job of caring for seniors… They deserve better,” Trudeau said.
With the first wave of COVID-19 infections appearing to be on the decline, the focus of the country has gone on to how the pandemic has exposed the deteriorating conditions of systems and institutions such as the health-care homes exposed in the report.
Canada COVID-19 Stats
Confirmed cases: 26,483