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Federal aid to Canadians affected by COVID-19 should continue to flow as long as virus takes toll: Minister

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm PDT

FILE - Parliament Hill in Ottawa is pictured on October 29, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Minister wants to ensure that the federal government will provide the aid needed, for as long as COVID-19 takes toll

The aid package announced this week was significant, but one minister is saying there should be no cap on future funds

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — Now that the federal government has unveiled it’s enormous $82 billion aid package to help Canadians through the rise of COVID-19, one voice in Ottawa wants to make sure there isn’t a ‘cap’ on that number if the virus lingers for longer than initially feared.

Mary Ng is the Minister for Federal Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade, she says that if this global pandemic truly drags on the government will continue to make sure Canadians are taken care of.

“We are ready to do whatever it takes to support Canadians, to support our healthcare system and our economy. We’re going to work with our partners in the provinces and in our local communities, and we are going to work together to support Canadians through this very, very challenging time,” Ng said.

“Those who heard the finance minister talk about this very significant economic package to help Canadians weather the situation, we’re going to continue to monitor the situation very carefully.”

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The aid plan introduced this week includes close to a $2 billion boost to Canada Child Benefit payments, and a new Emergency Care Benefit to help those who wouldn’t qualify for EI payments or paid sick leave.

Ng also touched on making sure the information put forth by top medical experts is heeded, even if some workers are concerned their employers aren’t taking social distancing and self-isolation quite seriously enough.

“We encourage people to seek out the information that is being communicated and shared wildly throughout British Columbia. Health and safety is our top priority.”