COVID-19: Message from the Minister

March 13, 2020

Like many of you, I have been following the latest developments related to COVID-19 very closely. I share your concerns about the health and well-being of our families and loved ones. 

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global challenge. The health and safety of Canadians is the Government of Canada’s priority. I want to reassure all employees that our Government is working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to minimize the impact of this virus on the health of Canadians and on our economy.

The Government is warning against international travel and restricting arrivals in Canada to limit the spread of the outbreak and unlocking $1 billion to help provincial and territorial health care system respond to the outbreak and support research, on top of the $10 billion announced today to help Canadian business weather the impacts of this outbreak. 

Please be assured that the Government of Canada is working very hard to ensure we are responding to this situation in a thoughtful and substantive way. We will continue to work together and with countries around the world to respond.

I urge you to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones. You may find more information on the virus and prevention at

Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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