This is a win for people who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every workers in Canada are about to get a raise in every province and territory, the Prime Minister announced. However, the federal government isn’t deciding exactly who gets the money.
Justin Trudeau announced an agreement between the federal government and each province and territory to top up wages for workers across the country.
At the moment, the details are being finalized but Trudeau mentioned that all the premiers agreed that these workers need to be supported.
“We’re relying on these workers now more than ever and we will be there to support them,” he said.
“This has been a truly collaborative effort,” Trudeau said.
The federal government will provide $8 billion in order to fund this initiative, the PM stated. However, he later said in a tweet that this amount it actually $9billion.*
The Prime Minister also noted that every single worker deserve more than just gratitude, they deserve to be properly paid for the work they’re doing.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic is at different stages in different parts of Canada and there are different approaches to workers, it’s up to the provinces and territories to decide how to distribute the funding.
“I thank the premiers for the continued Team Canada approach,” Trudeau said.
The federal government has previously introduced support for Canadians that aren’t able to work during this pandemic like the CERB and the CESB.
From these, provinces and territories will create their own parameters and distribute the funds as they see fit.