Canada is ready to spend CAD $ 14 billion ($ 10.4 billion) to help people get back to work as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are gradually lifted, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.
"To really move forward, we need a Canadian plan for a safe and effective restart of the economy," said Trudeau in his daily press conference.
The funds are part of a "safe restart" agreement with the 13 provinces and territories that is still being worked on and will cover the next "critical six to eight months," the prime minister said.
Friday's announcement signals a shift in the federal government's support from Canadians and businesses damaged by the closure of pandemics to economic recovery.
The spread of the novel coronavirus in Canada has slowed significantly over the past two weeks, according to public health, and the provinces have gradually reopened.
Coronavirus-related deaths on Friday rose 1.4% from the previous day to a total of 7,652.
Ottawa is already on track to spend $ 300 billion, or 15% of gross domestic product, on wage subsidies, monthly income support for the unemployed, and other measures to bridge the crisis.
Trudeau did not provide a detailed breakdown of the $ 14 billion spend. He said some are designed to provide personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and businesses so that people can work again.
Part of the money will go to towns and cities that have provided important services during the pandemic, while revenues have dropped dramatically, Trudeau said, and childcare services would also get some.
It could also help those who do not get it from their employers now get sick pay, and help seniors and nursing homes who are severely affected by the virus.
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