Speaking from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Sunday, he said the government will contribute $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations that support practical services to Canadian seniors.
These services will include grocery delivery, medications, and personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports.
“In a country like Canada, no one should be forgotten,” he said.
The latest economic measures announced by the Canadian government will also contribute $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone, which provides counselling services to children and youth.
In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said Kids Help Phone had seen increased demand for its 24/7 confidential online, telephone, and text counselling services across Canada as a result of school closures and reduced access to community resources.
Addressing young Canadians directly, Trudeau said “There are people in your corner making sure you’re OK.”
The prime minister also pledged over $200 million aimed at supporting shelters throughout the country for Canadians experiencing homelessness and helping women and children fleeing violence. This measure was originally announced on March 18.
Trudeau said $157.5 million will be used to address the needs of Canada’s homeless, while $50 million would be allocated to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities. This includes funding for facilities in Indigenous communities.
“If you can’t go home because it isn’t safe, because you don’t have a home, we’re not going to forget you. We’ll work with the organizations you rely on. We’ll have your back,” Trudeau said.
“If you need to get away from domestic violence or violence because of your gender, if you need somewhere to stay, there are places you can go and be safe.”
On Saturday, Trudeau announced that beginning Monday, domestic airlines and federally-regulated train operators will prevent anyone showing signs of illness from travelling.
“As of Monday at noon, people showing any signs whatsoever of COVID-19 will be denied boarding at all domestic flights and intercity passenger trains,” Trudeau told reporters.
A press release detailing the new measures also said the restrictions would require all air operators and intercity rail companies to do a “health check,” and screen their passengers before they come on board.
During her daily update on Sunday, Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, warned Canadians that “even if you are not hearing of cases in your community, that doesn’t mean there are no cases or that there are no exposures waiting to happen.”
As of Sunday afternoon, there were 6,232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada. Tam said a total of 63 people have died from the virus.
She said over 205,000 Canadians had been tested for COVID-19. Of those tested, adding that three per cent tested positive while over 90 per cent tested negative for the virus.
Tam said between six and seven per cent of cases need hospitalization and three per cent were critically ill. One per cent of cases so far have been fatal.
Correcting figures she provided on Saturday, she clarified 12 per cent of the patients hospitalized are under the age of 40.
New data released by PHAC said 65 per cent of reported cases in Canada were linked to community transmission, while 35 per cent were either “exposed while travelling or exposed to a traveller returning to Canada.”
As of Saturday, demographics, symptoms and outcomes were only available for 2,811 cases reported in Canada, providing a limited snapshot of who has caught the virus and how.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 12, also provided an update on Saturday, saying she was feeling “so much better” and had received the “all clear” from her physician and Ottawa Public Health.
During his daily update Prime Minister Trudeau said Sophie was “feeling great,” and confirmed that their children were also doing well.
“We’re all doing well,” he said, adding that he would continue to work from home.
–With files from Global News’ Maryam Shah and David LaoView link »