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COVID-19 2020-04-04T20:53:36+00:00

At Your Service

Special thanks to the local Chambers of Commerce for taking a leadership role in providing information to businesses and residents of Flamborough-Glanbrook.

The COVID-19 crisis is having a profound impact on our daily life and economy. First and foremost, please stay healthy and safe. We have already seen the impact of COVID-19 spread at a nursing home in Upper Stoney Creek. Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents, staff and their families at this very challenging time. Public health authorities and healthcare professionals are working around the clock on this. We thank them for their service, dedication and caring at this time. They are truly heroes.

I urge everyone to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and practice social distancing. If you feel you have any symptoms, use the self-assessment tool available and contact your doctor. Over the past week the federal government announced over $112 Billion in support for workers and small businesses deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis. I know not all of the details are in place for all these programs. More details were provided yesterday and those are included below. I continue to ask for answers on your behalf and will share that information.

If my office can be of assistance to you at this time, don’t hesitate to contact us at 905-648-3850 or david.sweet@parl.gc.ca

Please stay healthy and look out for one another.

David Sweet, MP

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Applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

CRA has designated Monday to Thursday to apply by birth month – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays available to all applicants

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides support to workers and self-employed people who have been directly affected by COVID-19. 
The Canada Revenue Agency will start accepting applications for the CERB starting on April 6. If you applied for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will automatically be processed under the CERB program. 
The CRA has specific days set up in which you can apply. The dates for application depend on your birth month. If you can not apply on your specific day, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are open for all applicants. 
Sign up now for a CRA My Account and ensure your direct deposit information is current to help ease the process. 
For more information, please visit : www.canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program & Season Agricultural Worker Program

Seasonal agricultural workers and temporary foreign workers are exempt from the current travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 situation.

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The federal government confirmed in March that seasonal agricultural workers and temporary foreign workers are exempt from the current travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 situation and can travel to Canada by air or land with some of the stipulations listed below.

However, questions remain about the logistics of getting foreign workers here. Opposition MPs, including myself, have been asking the Government for weeks for definitive details on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program and Temporary Foreign Worker program.

With planting season upon us, our local farmers need to know with clarity what’s happening.

Here’s what we know currently:

  • All temporary foreign workers must follow this criteria:
    • Confirm with their prearranged employment that the employer is still operating and will honour the employment offer
    • Foreign nationals who are travelling by air will need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before being allow to board
    • Any traveller who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada
    • On arrival in Canada, a traveller’s health will be assessed before they are allowed to leave the port of entry
    • Must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms, this is mandatory    

Also, the latest information from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is on this Q&A page on thier website:

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-industry/?id=1584732749543

I’ll continue to keep you updated on this issue. As we know more, I’ll keep you updated on this webpage, my social media channels and through farm organizations.

more important than ever. Maintaining the integrity of our agri-food supply chain during this COVID-19 emergency is essential.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian agricultural industry. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that producers and processors can continue to operate effectively and keep supply lines open, while informing industry of the latest developments.

As the COVID-19 situation develops, AAFC will update this Questions and Answers page.

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-industry/?id=1584732749543

It includes the latest information on food safety, temporary foreign workers, financial support programs, trade, animal health and more. Check back often.With planting season upon us, we keep our local farmers in our thoughts and prayers.

Help support our local farmers by purchasing produce, baked goods and more from local farm markets when planning your family weekly shopping trip.

Small Business Owner?

Learn about Federal Small Business Support.

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit

Federal support for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, the Government of Canada announced new measures to help the small businesses who are so hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

This includes:

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: a 75% wage subsidy for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15th, to help businesses keep workers or return laid-off workers to the payroll.
  • Businesses and self-employed individuals can defer HST payments until June.
  • The new Canada Emergency Business Account provides up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so that they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses.
  • A Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program has been launched to enable up to $40 billion in lending through the Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank. These would be guaranteed loans for small businesses to access if they need greater help than their operational cash flow requirements.

Designed to help keep people on the payroll, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be available to all businesses.

Here are the details we know so far:

  • Businesses with revenue reduced by 30% or more as a result of the COVID-19 crisis will be eligible.
  • Regardless of the number of employees – revenue drop is the determinant. This Is intended to keep people employed.
  • Not-for-profits, charities and businesses are eligible.
  • The wage subsidy is 75% on up to $58,700 in annual income – which works out to up to $847 per week, retroactive to March 15th
  • Businesses that are able to continue to pay employees in full, or pay their employees the 25% not covered by the wage subsidy, are encouraged to do so.
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Medical Equipment Update

Federal Government commits $2 Billion to purchase medical equipment & supplies

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit

The Government of Canada has committed $2 billion to purchase essential medical equipment and supplies such as ventilators, tests and masks as demand is expected to rise in the coming weeks.

Thus far, more 3,000 Canadian companies have reached out to help in the fight against COVID-19 and we know we will hear from more in the days ahead. Having access to these supplies from Canadian sources is important as demand for critical equipment grows. We are all in this together.

The federal government will continue to follow the direction of medical experts in how these resources are allocated.

In Need of Farming Supports?

See Latest Updates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

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COVID-19 Info for our Farmers

Thank you for all you do!
Farmers have always worked hard day and night to supply a safe and abundant food supply for Canadians. Locally, we have dairy, beef, hogs, poultry, cash crop, fruits, vegetables and other horticultural operations. We’re also blessed to have many farm markets and roadside stands.

At this time, their service to our community and country is more important than ever. Maintaining the integrity of our agri-food supply chain during this COVID-19 emergency is essential.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian agricultural industry. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that producers and processors can continue to operate effectively and keep supply lines open, while informing industry of the latest developments.

As the COVID-19 situation develops, AAFC will update this Questions and Answers page.

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-industry/?id=1584732749543

It includes the latest information on food safety, temporary foreign workers, financial support programs, trade, animal health and more. Check back often.With planting season upon us, we keep our local farmers in our thoughts and prayers.

Help support our local farmers by purchasing produce, baked goods and more from local farm markets when planning your family weekly shopping trip.

GO TO AAFC WEBSITE

Laid off or lost income?

Learn about the Canadian Employment Relief Benefit

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit
The Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) replaces the previously announced Emergency Support Benefit and Emergency Care Benefit.
 
It is ESSENTIAL for Canadians to create a CRA “My Account” or a “My Service Canada Account” to ensure that you can apply to this benefit once it is ready to go.  (the Government of Canada, says this benefit will be ‘live’ and applications will begin in early April)
 

Details on the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit:

  • This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.
  • CERB will apply to wage earners, contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
  • Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, will also qualify for the CERB. This will help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.
  • You can qualify for the CERB if you had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits in 2019 or in the 12-month period proceeding the day you make the application.
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Want to check your health?

Take the COVID-19 Self Assessment