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Daily Workplace Wrap-up on COVID-19 for May 7, 2020

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Below are the key government announcements made on May 7, 2020 that touch on workplace issues. Our daily (weekday) and weekend overviews of previous government announcements, employment analyses and other COVID-19 information are available here

The Federal Government

The government announced an agreement with all provinces and territories to share the cost of wage top-ups for essential workers. The federal government will provide up to $3-billion for this new benefit, and the provinces and territories will contribute up to $1-billion. Each provincial and territorial government will determine the eligibility criteria for essential workers and how the benefit will be distributed in their respective jurisdictions.

Alberta

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020.

British Columbia

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020. 

Manitoba

The government announced an additional $500-million investment to its planned $3-billion investments in infrastructure over the next 2 years. This additional investment will be made through the Manitoba Restart Program as part of the government's economic stimulus package.

New Brunswick

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020.

Newfoundland and Labrador

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020.

Nova Scotia

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020.

Ontario

The government announced a new framework (PDF) for the return of scheduled surgeries and procedures at hospitals. 

The government also announced funding for protective measures in the tree planting sector.  According to a government press release, the funding will be used for "larger camp facilities and additional kitchens to provide more space, as well as extra personal protective equipment, plastic partitions for transporting workers and more wash stations."

Prince Edward Island

The government announced the following financial relief initiatives:

Quebec

Premier Legault announced the reopening of businesses, schools and daycare services in the greater Montreal area has been further postponed to May 25, 2020, conditional on an improvement in both the COVID-19 outbreak and healthcare services in the area. 

Premier Legault also announced the government will be funding up to $70-million in incentive bonuses to encourage workers in the healthcare field to return to work and to work full-time, including the following:

  • all employees working full-time in publicly-run long-term care facilities (CHSLDs) will receive $100 per week. Those working in a CHSLD with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 will receive an additional premium of $200 after 2 consecutive weeks of full-time work, and another premium of $400 after 4 consecutive weeks of full-time work;
  • all nurses (including clinicians and auxiliaries), respiratory therapists, beneficiary attendants and maintenance workers working full-time in designated red zone hospital centres in the Greater Montreal Area will receive $100 per week. Those working full-time in a designated red zone hospital centre in the Greater Montreal Area, with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 will receive an additional premium of $200 after 2 consecutive weeks of full-time work, and another premium of $400 after 4 consecutive weeks of full-time work;
  • subsidies will be provided to seniors' residences, family-type intermediate resources and private CHSLDs, so that they may offer comparable bonuses to their staff;  and
  • all employees in the health and social services network who agree to transfer temporarily from another region to Montreal, Laval or Montérégie will receive a transfer bonus of $2,000 per month, in addition to the bonuses set out above.

Saskatchewan

The Education Response Planning Team announced that in-class learning will not take place until at least September 2020.

The government provided additional guidance on extended households. One or two close families may form an extended household group under the following conditions:

  • the families or friends must remain consistent, and people should not visit different families or friends every day;
  • household groups should not include households with vulnerable people (i.e., those with chronic health conditions);
  • families and friends within an extended household contact group can be closer than 2-metres if they are not high-risk; and
  • if household groups contain individuals with chronic health conditions physical distancing of 2-metres should still be practiced around them.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon

There were no major government updates in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or the Yukon as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 7, 2020.

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