The government announced a $1.75 billion investment to help connect Canadians to high-speed Internet across the country, thereby helping to grow businesses and create jobs.
This investment is intended to help connect 98 per cent of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026, with the goal of connecting all Canadians by 2030.
The government also announced an agreement of $600 million with Canadian satellite company Telesat to improve connectivity and expand high-speed Internet coverage to the far north, rural, and remote regions across Canada, through low-earth-orbit satellite capacity.
Professional artists and musicians whose earnings were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for funding through the Artist Support Program, an extension of the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program.
Eligible applicants may receive a non-repayable, one-time contribution of up to $5,000.
For more information, or to apply online, clickhere.
Prince Edward Island:
The provincial government announced an assistance program to compensate seed potato growers for the negative effects COVID-19 has had on their industry.
The Seed Potato Recovery Program is a $1.19 million fund for seed growers who can demonstrate that they have incurred extraordinary costs associated with the pandemic.
The provincial government is seeking proposals from organizations on how they can help Islanders impacted by COVID-19 transition into or return to the workforce.
The COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund will support innovative projects from organizations that help Islanders gain skills and knowledge so they can find long lasting jobs, advance their careers and access entrepreneurship opportunities.
The Provincial Case Team Program is hiring 10 post-secondary students for the winter to work with the provincial government, businesses and non-profit organizations to help address challenges they are currently facing.
The remote-based student winter program will be part-time and run for thirteen weeks from January until April 2021.
Interested students and organizations can apply until November 23, 2020.
To learn more, or to apply to the PEI Government Case Team Program, clickhere.
The provincial government announced funding worth $49,900 for the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi des Cantons de l’Est. The money will be used to hold four job fairs called “Les Clés de l’emploi.”
The job fairs will allow employers in Brome-Missisquoi to connect with job seekers.
Job fairs are scheduled for December 2, 2020, January 27, 2021, and February 24, 2021.
The provincial government announced changes to the Temporary Concerted Action Program for Enterprises (PACTE) – Tourism component.
The program’s eligibility criteria have been relaxed. Previously, only hotels and tourist attractions were eligible for the PACTE – Tourism component. With the changes, approximately 500 additional companies will be able to obtain financial assistance.
The Manitoba Bridge Grant provides an immediate one-time payment of $5,000 to small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit, and charitable organizations that were ordered to temporarily cease operations or close their publicly accessible physical locations by the COVID-19 public-health orders enacted on Nov. 12.
Eligible recipients include restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brewpubs, microbreweries, distilleries, casinos, recreation and sport facilities, museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, as well as organizations like charities, not-for-profits and faith-based organizations.
The provincial government is investing $1 million to help faith-based and cultural organizations recover costs associated with COVID-19.
The new Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant will provide funding to offset costs related to following public health measures to ensure important religious and cultural gatherings can continue safely.
The provincial government extended the freeze on residential rent increases until July 10, 2021. Increases set to happen on Dec. 1, 2020, are cancelled, along with all pending increases through to July.
The move was made under the powers of the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act.