MP Finley shares update on COVID-19 measures
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2020
Simcoe, ON– “The health and safety of all Canadians is the number one priority. It’s important for everyone to do their part so that we can stop the spread of COVID-19,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, MP for Haldimand-Norfolk.
Starting March 18th at noon, Canada will be closing its border to all non-citizens. Permanent residents, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still allowed into Canada at this time. All Canadians have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice and those who are currently travelling abroad have been urged to come back to Canada immediately. Additionally, all Canadians returning from travel must self-quarantine for 14 days.
“Travelling outside of the country and what happens when people return is at the top of many minds. If you are currently travelling abroad, my message is to come home now, and when you return, please follow Public Health guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days,” Finley urged.
There has been no information on how the border restrictions will be impact programs that farmers rely on, such as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.
“I can assure farmers in Haldimand-Norfolk that my Conservative colleagues responsible for these files contacted their federal counterparts immediately, urging them to address the impacts to farmers who are expecting workers to arrive soon for the planting season. When we receive that information, I will share that with farmers,” Finley said.
The Government also announced that it will be eliminating the waiting period for EI benefits to allow people who are forced to stay home due to COVID-19 to have access to financial relief immediately. Details of the Government’s economic stimulus package are still to come, but support for businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada has been announced. This includes small business loans, working capital loans and purchase order financing. For more information please visit, https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19.
“These are unprecedented times. My office will continue to be available to answer all of your questions. Feel free to contact us toll-free at 1-866-496-3400 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.,” concluded Finley.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Hon. Diane Finley