Other measures to respond to COVID-19
The Government of Canada has put in place various measures to help address the current needs of individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The measures below are for information only and no action needs to be taken.
If you continue to need income support or financial support, loans and access to credit for your business, consult the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
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Support for businesses
Taxes and tariffs
Waiving tariffs on certain medical goods
We are waiving tariffs on certain medical goods, including PPE such as masks and gloves.
This will reduce the cost of imported PPE for Canadians, help protect workers, and ensure our supply chains can keep functioning well.
Support for sectors
Culture, heritage and sport
Waiving payments for Part I licence fees
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will not issue letters requesting payment for Part I licence fees by private broadcasters for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
We are providing the CRTC with the necessary funds to support its operations, in the absence of these fees.
Protecting jobs and safe operations of junior mining exploration and other flow-through share issuers
We are proposing to protect jobs and safe operations of junior mining exploration and other flow-through share issuers, by extending the timelines for spending the capital they raise via flow-through shares by 12 months.
With the impacts of COVID-19 on operations, this would mean that companies would be allowed additional time to incur eligible expenses, allowing them to safely plan when to best continue operations, while allowing them to avoid costs from not meeting original flow-through share timelines.
This initiative would protect the good, well-paying jobs that many Canadians depend on, including those in rural, remote, northern and Indigenous communities.
Support for organizations helping individuals
People with disabilities
Providing resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs
A new investment of $15 million in 2020-21 will provide community organizations with resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs in response to COVID-19, including by helping employers set up accessible and effective work-from-home arrangements. This support will also cover expanding accessible online training opportunities and helping connect Canadians with disabilities working from home with employers.
Support for provinces and territories
Supporting skills training and employment
We are investing an additional $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements with provinces and territories to offer Canadians the skills training and employment supports they need.
This support will respond to the increased number of Canadians looking to re-enter the workforce, and targets workers and employers in sectors hardest-hit by COVID-19. The Agreements also offer flexibility to provinces and territories to respond to the diverse employment and skills training needs of Canadians.
This is in addition to the $3.4 billion already being provided to provinces and territories under the Labour Market Development Agreements and Workforce Development Agreements in 2020-2021.
Temporary wage top-up for low-income essential workers
We are providing $3 billion in federal support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive.
Supporting critical health care system needs and mitigation efforts
We are providing $500 million to provinces and territories for critical health care system needs and to support mitigation efforts.
This could include help to access testing, acquisition of equipment, and to enhance surveillance and monitoring. Financial considerations should not and will not be an obstacle to hospitals and health systems making the necessary preparations.
Helping provinces and territories safely restart their economies
We announced an investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus.
Support for Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore Energy Sector Workers
We are providing $320 million in funding, towards an agreement with the Newfoundland and Labrador government, to support Canadians with offshore energy jobs. This agreement will allow the province to support workers through activities such as safety improvements, maintenance and upgrades of existing facilities, and research and development.
Ensuring a safe return to school
We are providing up to $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund that will provide the complementary funding they need, as they work alongside local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year.
Funding will be provided to provinces and territories in two instalments, with a first disbursement in Fall 2020 and additional funding available for early 2021, to ensure that provinces and territories have support for the whole school year.
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