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Trudeau Says “Team Canada” Approach Needed to Deal With COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s reached out to other party leaders about recalling parliament.

In his daily update, Trudeau says they have to take a “Team Canada” approach in dealing with COVID-19 and he also gave more details on the 75% wage subsidy that was recently announced.

Trudeau says the subsidy will be available to all businesses who are not publicly funded, and have a 30% decline in revenue.

Employers will have to show they’re trying to pay the remaining 25% and the PM said there will be stiff and severe penalties for those that try to cheat the system.

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He adds those who aren’t working can apply for the emergency benefit online starting April 6th.

It will pay $2,000 a month with direct deposits made within 3 to 5 days, or within 10 days by mail.

Anyone receiving the benefit will need to confirm once a month that they are still out of work.

When pressed to provide a timeline for when the measures being taken will be lifted, Trudeau would only say there are a number of scenarios that could take place.

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