Updates for the week of October 12, 2020
Newfoundland and Labrador:
- The provincial government will provide $25 a day child care beginning in January, 2021.
- More affordable child care allows more parents into the workplace, helps grow the economy, and helps ensure children receive the early learning, care and positive experiences that will benefit their lifelong learning.
- Read the official release or click to learn more about childcare in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prince Edward Island:
- Island tourism operators are being offered a free basic web listing on Tourism PEI’s website for the 2021 season.
- The free web listing, valued at $85, includes the name of the business, photo, address, contact information, and website link.
- To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-368-4730.
- The COVID Alert app is now available in Nova Scotia. Download the app for free through the Apple or Google Play app stores.
- Click here to download COVID Alert.
- The provincial government will back loans taken by large tourism operators so they can receive better interest rates and more favourable terms at their bank of choice.
- Eligible tourism businesses include resort, tour, and scenic and sightseeing transportation operators with at least 100 full-time and/or seasonal employees, annual revenue of at least $10 million, and who have experienced revenue decline of at least 50 per cent for the period April 1 to July 30, 2020, compared to the same period last year.
- For more information, or to apply, click here.
- To encourage more people to become certified to work in the continuing care field in Nova Scotia, more opportunities have been added to a second year of the bursary program.
- The bursary will provide successful applicants $4,000 for full-time students or $2,000 for part-time students.
- Learn more.
- The provincial government announced $5.3 million in compensation for hospitality businesses that are licensed to serve alcohol and have been affected by health emergency measures.
- Learn more about Quebec’s COVID-19 response.
- The provincial government announced $70 million in financial assistance to support sports, leisure and outdoor activities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The funds are intended to allow partners to continue to offer a varied range of activities adapted to all audiences, particularly youth, girls and women, the elderly, and people with a disability.
- Learn more about the financial support plan.
- The provincial government announced a $3 million regional emergency fund intended for cultural organizations affected by COVID-19.
- The money is for non-profit organizations experiencing a precarious financial situation. Organizations whose survival is threatened in the short term could receive up to $50,000 to allow them to maintain their activities.
- Applications for financial assistance will be accepted until January 29, 2021.
- To provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses impacted by the new public health measures, the provincial government announced $300 million to help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.
- The province is also committing to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order, and will permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to restaurants.
- Read the official release.
- A new agreement between the federal and provincial governments will see Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada invest an additional $11.6 million to help support efforts by Ontario producers to stop the spread of COVID-19 on their farms.
- Actions such as building physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems and enhancing hand-washing facilities will be eligible for this funding.
- Under the expanded program, the amount farmers can claim for preventive expenses including a combination of workplace modifications, PPE, transportation and temporary housing will double to $15,000.
- Read the official release.
- The fall commercial fishing season on Lake Winnipeg will be extended by seven days, until November 6 at 11:59 p.m.
- The commercial harvest on Lake Winnipeg is approximately 60 per cent lower than normal for this time of year, largely as a result of market challenges due to COVID-19.
- Learn more about commercial fishing in Manitoba.
- Red River College has created a new free micro-credential that will provide essential training to help increase the COVID-19 testing capacity for Manitoba Public Health, and provide a direct pathway to employment at a COVID-19 testing site.
- This course, which can be completed in as little as five hours, is designed to train a number of health-care workers and students to safely perform a nasal swab.
- The course will be offered tuition free to students through Red River College’s School of Continuing Education.
- For more information or to register, click here.