enhancing capacity for testing, contact tracing, and data management and information sharing to mitigate future outbreaks
investments in health care to respond to the pandemic, including support for Canadians experiencing challenges with substance use, mental health, or homelessness
support for vulnerable Canadians – including those in long-term care, home care, and palliative care – who are at risk of more severe cases of COVID-19
funding to secure a reliable source of personal protective equipment, and to recover some of the costs from previous investments made by provincial and territorial governments
support to ensure that safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work
joint funding with the provinces and territories to support municipalities on the front lines of restarting the economy, including by putting in place precautions for public spaces and essential services to reduce the spread of the virus, as well as a dedicated stream of funding for public transit
a temporary income support program that will provide workers who do not have paid sick leave with access to 10 days of paid sick leave related to COVID-19
The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to ensure sufficient child care is available, by providing $625 million to address the reduced availability of child care spaces and the unique needs stemming from the pandemic.
The Government of Canada will fund a new temporary income support program, at an estimated cost of $1.1 billion. The new program will support workers who do not already have access to other paid sick leave. Where not already available, provinces and territories will establish job-protected sick leave, through regulation or legislation, that allows workers to take up to 10 days leave related to COVID-19.