In an unprecedented effort to bring direct financial aid to Canadians, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau introduced Bill C-13, The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act.
The House of Commons passed the bill after a late night of negotiations to limit the government's ability to spend money without typical parliamentary oversight. The legislation passed the Senate without any amendments and the bill received royal assent on Wednesday March 25, 2020. It unlocks $107 billion in aid, of which, $52 billion in direct support payments and $55 billion in tax deferrals.
For more information on the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, please visit the following Department of Finance weblink or contact IAFF Canada Governmental Affairs Assistant Sandy Hamamoto at [email protected].