Hon. Bill Morneau
Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre
JUNE 15 - MP OFFICE UPDATE
June 16, 2020

Pride month is a time to celebrate the resilience, spirit, and presence of LGBTQ2 people in our community, and across Canada.

Though Pride celebrations will look a bit different this year, it remains an important time to reflect and to celebrate and share the values of perseverance and solidarity that have long been at the core of the Pride movement.

Happy Pride everyone!

SENIORS RECEIVE SPECIAL PAYMENT IN EARLY JULY

We know that Canadian seniors are facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They built this country, and now they need our help.

The Prime Minister announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will automatically receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6 to help cover the increased cost of living due to COVID-19. There is no additional application required. Be cautious of scams that say you need to sign up.

This announcement builds on previous supports, including a one-time GST Credit top-up of at least $375 for single seniors and $510 for senior couples, and investments in community organizations that provide essential services, such as the delivery of groceries and medicine.

In total, a low-income senior couple will receive $1,500 in financial assistance, or nearly $900 for single seniors.

The Government of Canada will continue to support all Canadians, including seniors and those most vulnerable, and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19.

HELPING BUSINESSES AMID COVID-19

Our Government made supporting Canadians a priority during the global COVID-19 outbreak. Our business were struggling to pay their rent while keeping staff on payroll. A lot of difficult choices were made, but we are all in this together. As the economy begins to safely restart, we are continuing to support small businesses.

We know that many are struggling to make ends meet, which is why we created programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy(CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance(CECRA).

The CEWS is helping businesses by covering up to 75% of payroll, retroactive to March 15 and continuing through to the end of August.

The CECRA program is helping businesses that were forced to close—through support to landlords—cover 75% of their April, May and June commercial rent.

These two programs will continue to ensure that our Toronto Centre businesses can continue to support themselves, their staff, and our communities as we slowly and safely reopen the economy.

HOTLINE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES FACING FINANCIAL CHALLENGES AMID COVID-19

Small businesses have been facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as they take steps toward reopening.

Last month, our government announced the launch of a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This service was designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners, including not-for-profit organizations and charities, navigate these uncertain times.

People with pressing financial needs can now call 1-866-989-1080 to speak with an accountant or a business advisor.

We will continue to support Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs — especially vulnerable businesses in dire need of help — throughout this crisis.

TIPS ON STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other.

This includes:

MORE INFORMATION

Stay informed, and keep updated on how we’re taking action to help you at Canada.ca/coronavirus.

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