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Morneau to announce plan to help workers affected by coronavirus outbreak soon

Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau says Canada still in strong position as global markets tumble
WATCH: Trudeau says Canada still in strong position as global markets tumble

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to soon announce the federal government’s plan to help workers affected by COVID-19.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the details of the spending package would arrive imminently, with measures rolling out in the coming days to buffer the economy from the sudden shock of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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He also suggested that more measures may have to be taken in the long term to help restore consumer and business confidence.

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Trudeau is scheduled to address Canadians from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday to provide an update on the government’s response to the pandemic.

Canada closes borders to most non-Canadians; U.S. citizens still allowed
Canada closes borders to most non-Canadians; U.S. citizens still allowed

A number of moves have been debated, such as temporarily boosting the value of the Canada Child Benefit and providing grants to workers who don’t qualify for employment insurance, such as gig economy workers.

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The federal government has also said it is closing its borders, effective Wednesday, to most foreign nationals except Americans and is barring anyone, including Canadian citizens, with symptoms of the novel coronavirus from boarding flights back home.

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Calgary-based airline WestJet announced late Monday it was suspending all commercial international and transborder flights for a 30-day period, refocusing its efforts on repatriation flights for Canadians stuck abroad.

-With a file from Global News