Government Sitting: The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday April 20, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Repatriation of Canadians: On March 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau updated Canadians the government is working to safely bring home Canadians stranded abroad, while acknowledging the government will not be able to help everyone as countries around the world continue to restrict travel.
US-Canada: The details of the temporary border agreement with the US was released. Essential travel will continue as it is critical that the government preserves supply chains between each country to ensure that Canadians have access to gas, groceries and life saving measures.
Foreign Travel to Canada: Exemptions on travel restrictions for temporary foreign workers, and international students travelling from all countries have been released. All travellers returning to Canada will have to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine as of March 25 at 11:59 p.m., with the exception of essential workers. More details here.
COVID Countermeasures: A series of new measures to aid in the protection of Canadians from COVID-19, including a strategy to help manufacturers scale-up production of medical supplies, and supporting businesses to shift production to items in high demand.
An application portal for Canadians is expected to be launched by April 6, 2020, with individuals receiving funding within 10 days of their request.
Economic Aid: The government announced a $82 billion aid package to help stabilize the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak including direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus support to meet liquidity needs of businesses and households through tax deferrals. Full details here.
The government announced new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses, including $5 billion in lending capacity to Farm Credit Canada (FCC), and an additional six months to repay outstanding Advance Payment Program loans. Full details here.
Bill C13, An Act Respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19, has received Royal Assent.