November 13, 2020 – Windsor-Essex, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious public health crisis Canada has ever faced. Overcoming the challenges created by the pandemic requires the work and resolve of every order of government, every community, and every Canadian.

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, took part in a virtual town hall with United Way-Centraide Windsor-Essex. The Minister was joined at the town hall by Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh.

At the town hall, the Minister highlighted the work done to date through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support non-profit organizations, charities, and Canadians, including those who have been particularly vulnerable as a result of the pandemic. She also shared the Government’s plan for a resilient, sustainable, inclusive recovery as outlined in the recent Speech from the Throne. The Government’s approach rests on four pillars: to secure public health and fight the pandemic; support jobs; build the foundations for a better recovery and safeguard Canada’s values while doing so.

Some of the key measures in the Economic Response Plan that take steps to support Canadians, including the vulnerable, through the pandemic and build back better include:

  • Investing $350 million to help community organizations serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).
  • Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy through to summer 2021 to help organizations keep their workers.
  • Introducing benefits to workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 including:
    • The new Canada Recovery Benefit, for Canadians who have lost their jobs or had their incomes reduced as a result of COVID-19;
    • The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, to ensure Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave; and
    • The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit for those caring for a child or family member who is sick or in quarantine.
  • Introducing a one-time, tax-free payment to those eligible for the Old Age Security program and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to help seniors faced with increasing costs.
  • Establishing a one-time payment to persons with disabilities to further help them during this crisis.
  • Providing funds for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
  • Continuing to support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing funding through the Reaching Home initiative.
  • Making support available to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres, including facilities in Indigenous communities, to help manage and prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in their facilities.
  • Committing to scaling up the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, to provide more paid work experiences for young Canadians.   

The meeting is one in a series of town halls that the Minister is participating in to highlight the continued work of the government to support Canadians, address the pandemic and build back better. 

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