Important Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CANADIANS ABROAD

If you know of someone who is currently in a foreign country and is unable to come home due to commercial flights being cancelled, urge them to register in the Registry of Canadians Abroad to receive important updates:

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

Both WestJet and Sunwing have announced they will be dispatching repatriation flights. It is important that government communicate with people once those flights have been announced.

FUNDING FOR CANADIANS ABROAD

The government has set up a loan program of up to $5,000 per person to assist Canadians who need to either book an emergency flight or extend their stay abroad.

For more information, you can contact the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where possible) or send an e-mail to sos@international.gc.ca

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

The government announced that they are establishing a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Here are the current options available:

Small Business Loan: Up to $100,000 can be obtained online.

Working capital loan: For loans over $100,000 and can support everyday operations.

Purchase Order Financing: Loans to fulfill domestic or international orders.

If you have specific questions about applying for funding, BDC can be reached at the toll-free number: 1-877-232-2269 Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

WORKSHARING PROGRAM

This program is meant to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business caused by COVID-19.

The new temporary special measures are available to employers impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19.

The measures allows for eligible employers to retain skilled employees and workers to remain employed during the temporary downturn in business due to COVID-19. The temporary special measures will:

  • extend the Work-Sharing agreements by an additional 38 weeks
  • wave the mandatory waiting period between agreements
  • ease the recovery plan requirements

For more information on the Work-Sharing program, employers across Canada may call toll-free 1-800-367-5693

BRANDON-SOURIS CONSTITUENCY OFFICE

My office will remain open for services; however, we will be suspending face-to-face meetings until further notice.

Constituency services will be available by either calling 204-726-7600 or emailing Larry.Maguire@parl.gc.ca.

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

The Manitoba government is taking additional proactive measures to help reduce the impact of COVID-19. This includes:

  • suspending services at licensed child-care centres, effective end-of-day Friday, March 20
  • recommending parents with children in these centres begin to make alternate arrangements as soon as possible, even though centres will remain open for the remainder of the week
  • continuing to allow home-based child-care providers to operate; and creating dedicated child-care options for front-line and essential services staff who need them.

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