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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Thursday, May 14

May 14, 2020

TIAC’s Advocacy Update

  • Today, Parks Canada announced that there will be limited reopening of national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites effective June 1, 2020
    • Some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating are examples of permittable activities 
    • The gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural resource protection activities will also resume
    • Camping will not be permitted until at least June 21, 2020

Government Announcements

  • Today, the Prime Minister announced $470 million to support Canada’s fish harvesters who are economically impacted but cannot access federal measures. 
    • The government has launched the Fish Harvester Benefit – support will be provided to those who experience fishing income declines beyond 25%. This measure will cover 75% of losses, up to a maximum per individual equivalent to what is provided under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
  • The Prime Minister also touched on the $306 million dedicated to provide interest free loans and non-repayable contributions to Indigenous businesses. There is also targeted support of up to $75M for students, and $10 million towards emergency shelters for those fleeing domestic violence. 
  • The partial reopening of Parks Canada spaces was also covered in the Prime Minister’s daily remarks

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