Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced additional supports to address immediate health, economic and transportation needs in the North. The new measures will:
- Transfer $72.6 million to the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to support COVID-19 health and social services preparations and response;
- Provide up to $17.3 million to the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to support northern air carriers to ensure continued supply of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods and services to remote and fly-in communities;
- Make available $15 million in non-repayable support for businesses in the territories to help address impacts of COVID-19; and
- Provide an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can afford much-needed nutritious food and personal hygiene products.
The Prime Minister also announced enhanced enforcement of the Quarantine Act. Effective at midnight tonight, travellers arriving in Canada are required to provide a self-isolation plan before or upon their arrival. Those who do not have a plan will be required to self-isolate in a hotel, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.