Emergency Response Benefit accepting applications starting Monday

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

The Government of Canada will begin accepting applications for the federal Emergency Response Benefit next week, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his latest public address on Sunday.

"We want people to stay home and not to work [in person] unless it's absolutely essential", he said.

"I will say that we'll do what is necessary to keep Canadians safe and we will do it in as constructive a way as possible".

He said he would tell the president both countries were interlinked in ways that would hurt the two nations if supply chains were cut.

Canadian health care workers - like those in the USA - are in dire need of the masks that provide more protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Amazon Canada will work collaboratively with the Canadian authorities to manage orders by its on-line Amazon Enterprise retailer, Ottawa stated in a launch.

"I am confident we are going to be able to solve this", Trudeau said.

"My job is to work with the Americans, with our allies to serve Canadians" Trudeau says, when asked about Trump's aggressive tactics during the crisis.

Trudeau says the government would also make announcements "in the coming days and weeks" about specific support for fishers and agricultural producers. He said his government is considering support measures for students, from modifications to the Canada Summer Job Program to direct financial support.

Trudeau went on to say that the best thing Canadians can do during this time is to follow the advice of public health officials, to not only protect their health but that of their loved ones and society as a whole.

Trudeau announced Saturday that Canada is set to receive millions of masks from China within the next 48 hours as his government jostles for medical supplies and after USA -based manufacturer 3M said it got direction Friday from the Trump administration to stop exporting N95 respirators to Canada and Latin America.

President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era USA law that provides the power to redirect US manufacturing capacity in times of national crisis, to compel American producers of PPEs and ventilators to ramp up their production and prioritize orders for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He's disappointed in reports that Minnesota-based manufacturer 3M has been told to stop exporting face masks.

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