The end of the summer is coming fast and many families are focused on the challenges COVID-19 has brought to going back to school and childcare. The Federal Government has also been engaged in supporting a safe restart to our economy and preparing for a possible second wave. Through our $19 Billion investment in a Safe Restart Agreement with the Provinces and Territories, and the additional $2 Billion through the Safe Return to School fund, we are providing the necessary financial support needed to get up and running again. This investment is in addition to the many important measures and investments we have been doing to help Canadians and businesses cope during the pandemic. My team and I have been very busy supporting the many constituents and businesses requiring assistance. I have also had the opportunity to meet many of the students helped by the Canada Summer Jobs program that provided $948,384 to 212 youth and 63 organizations in King-Vaughan. I have also recently downloaded the COVID Alert app on my phone to help let me know when I have been near someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19. This application does not work by keeping track of your movements, instead, it just notifies you when you have been near someone who gets diagnosed with the virus. It has been thoroughly reviewed by industry experts and the privacy office. The more people who download the app., the more effective it will be. Wishing you all an enjoyable last bit of summer.
Canada Summer Jobs 2020
Enjoyed talking with Canada Summer Job students; Richard, Krisha and Boghdan at the Vaughan Community Health Centre to learn about their work experience over the summer.
Had a lovely chat with Canada Summer Jobs students, Ajiitha and Sugiira about their experience working with seniors, youth and preschool children through the Multi Community Building Project at Human Endeavour.
It was a pleasure to meet DJ, Nathan and Lireesa who shared their experiences in producing a two hour long interactive community event called Family Fest, during their time working at Maple Community Church.
"My name is Daniel Raimondo and I would like to thank the Vaughan Soccer Club and the Federal Government for providing support and funding. I enjoyed the work experience, it helped me develop my organizational, interpersonal and communication skills." Daniel Raimondo
Celebrating Independence Days!
Happy International Youth Day!
Happy Pride Season
Federal Program Update
Safe Return to Class Fund:
Our government has announced an additional $2 billion to provinces and territories to help get kids back to school safely.
Ontario will be able to access $763.34M with the flexibility to spend funding according to their education sector’s priorities.
Breaking News: CERB is Changing
Supporting Canadians Through the Next Phase of the Economy Re-opening:
Increased access to EI and Recovery Benefits
The Government will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27, 2020, to support those who remain unable to work and are eligible, and introducing a new suite of temporary and taxable recovery benefits to further support workers.
CERB will be extended by an additional four weeks, providing a new maximum of up to 28 weeks of benefits
Additional Recovery Benefits
To ensure Canadians receive the support they need during these challenging times, we are proposing to implement three new benefits:
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support and who are available and looking for work.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for:
a child under age 12 due to the closures of schools or daycares because of COVID-19.
a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
a child, a family member with a disability, or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19.