COVID-19: Trudeau announces Canada Emergency Response Benefit plan

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The newly merged fund will provide people who are not receiving a paycheque during the pandemic with $2,000 each month for up to four months.

Since Monday the government had processed close to 143,000 unemployment claims.

Trudeau also said it's still very important for all Canadians returning home from global travel to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

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.

"We have decided that now is the time to make that measure mandatory", Freeland said.

Asked to explain why Canada chose to send these supplies overseas, Trudeau stated that the novel coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic, and a global response is needed.

We know people are anxious about their health, their jobs and their financial situations.

But opposition Conservatives balked at additional provisions giving Trudeau's Liberals unlimited borrowing and spending powers for 21 months without oversight.

Backing from the Bloc Quebecois assures the government bill's passage. "I think we all really appreciate that it is so important to have this self-isolation to protect the health and safety of Canadians".

Rather than the expectation of direct support to Canadians and small businesses of $27 billion, the federal government is now expecting that total to be budgeted at $52 billion.

The province, under the Community Charter, has the authority to defer property taxes for municipalities, which are due on the first regular business day after Canada Day.

The Senate is now aiming to pass the bill in a matter of hours so it can get royal assent later today.

Lever was skeptical newspapers would get very much of the promised new advertising money, suggesting broadcasters and online platforms would see the lion's share.

Canada's oil and gas sector has also taken a sharp downturn as the price of oil plummeted, from about $35.82 for a barrel of Western Canadian Select in January to just $5.43 last week.

Singh outlined eight measures that should be taken by the government to get Canadians through the pandemic.

"We will have mechanisms in place to enforce the quarantine", Freeland said, without elaborating beyond calling it a "legal obligation" for any non-essential traveller returning from outside the country.

Parliament had been suspended from March 13 through April 20, but reconvened only to approve the cash injection to help individuals and businesses.

It allows the government to spend C$107bn ($75bn, £64bn) in emergency aid and economic stimulus to assist Canadians struggling financially.

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