FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government will be setting up an emergency community support fund in the amount of $350 million for community organizations and non-profits. More details to be formally announced.
The government is launching a new calculator on the Canada Revenue Agency website so businesses can determine the amount they can expect to claim as part of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program. The maximum benefit is $847 per employee, each week.
Employers can start applying next Monday, April 27.
The Ontario government is delivering much-needed support to Ontario's most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19. The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need and doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments.
The Hero Hullabaloo
A grassroots movement has been initiated in Carleton Place to spread cheer and honour frontline workers. Starting, April 25th, all residents, young and old, are asked to step outside at 7:00 p.m. every night and make some noise. Yell, cheer, clap, sing, bang a pot or play a drum. Residents are encouraged to come together and celebrate our frontline workers for keeping the store shelves stocked, our prescriptions refilled, for watching out for our homes and businesses, for caring for our family and friends, for making sacrifices of their own to keep our Town and its residents healthy and safe.