PM Trudeau to give update on COVID-19 assistance measures

Henrietta Brewer
April 5, 2020

"The Amazon Canada team is proud to partner with the Government of Canada by leveraging our fulfillment network and delivery service partners to ship critical supplies to front-line professionals across the country", Amazon Canada's country manager Mike Strauch said in a statement.

While Canada continues to try and secure new shipments of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) both from domestic and worldwide manufacturers, Tam said trying to find a way to reuse the masks and equipment the country has is also important.

"We recognize that anytime we're doing big measures like this, there will be gaps, there will be challenges in implementation and unforeseen consequences", Trudeau said.

Trudeau says there is a lot of competition across the world for medical equipment but says that is why it is important to develop the capacity to manufacture that same equipment here at home to protect frontline workers.

"We know there are many people interested in helping out in terms of feeding the country".

He was pressed on the status of the discussions with the United States on the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to ban the export of N95 masks from Massachusett's manufacturer 3M.

In his press conference, the Prime Minister was asked for updates surrounding the U.S. respiratory manufacturer, 3M, which was instructed by the White House to cease its exports to Canada.

"We need the masks, we don't want other people getting them", Trump said.

Trudeau also said the Canadian Forces are being sent to northern Quebec to help communities there prepare to respond to COVID-19.

"We have a great relationship with the USA and they pull these shenanigans?"

The Canadian authorities has been working with producers in current weeks to improve the manufacturing and provide of high-demand medical objects like face shields, masks, gloves, ventilators, robes and take a look at kits, that are utilized by frontline healthcare staff.

Trudeau added that the government is looking at programs to help students who will have a hard time finding a summer job to pay for next year's tuition in light of COVID-19.

Trudeau announced $40 million for Women and Gender Equality Canada Saturday, with up to $30 million to address immediate needs of shelters and sexual assault centres.

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