Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the House of Commons has passed an emergency bill, which is now before the Senate, for the government’s COVID-19 emergency response.
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will replace the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit announced last week. Trudeau said the benefits were combined to streamline the process.
The government will provide $2,000 a month for the next four months to people who are not working due to COVID-19, regardless of whether they are unwell.
The benefit will also support Canadians who are sick, in quarantine, or are looking after a family member or child. The FBC has more info here.
Lakeshore and Kingsville waiving penalties on taxes and water payments
The Municipality of Lakeshore is doing its part to help its residents and small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mayor Tom Bain says the town is waiving its penalties and interest on taxes, water and wastewater payments.
Bain says the fees will be waived from March 31 to April 30.
He says there is a chance for the timeline to be extended as well as waiving other fees. Find out more at WindsorEssex Economic Development.
Mandatory quarantine for travellers returning to Canada
Travellers returning to Canada will be subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the federal government announced, as reported by Richmond News. The quarantine will not apply to essential workers, such as truck drivers and health care workers.