A breakdown of federal spending in response to the COVID-19 outbreak


OTTAWA — The federal government unveiled a $1 billion response package to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian health-care system, the economy, and workers. Here is the breakdown of the spending announced Wednesday:

$500 million: To help provinces and territories with things like buying equipment, increased testing for COVID-19, and enhanced surveillance and monitoring

$275 million: For research on medical countermeasures, including antivirals, vaccine development and support for clinical trials. This funding is on top of the $27 million previously announced.

$100 million: To pay for enhanced federal surveillance, increased testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and ongoing support for preparedness in First Nations and Inuit communities.

$50 million: To help buy personal protective equipment for health-care workers like surgical masks, face shields, and isolation gowns.

$50 million: To the Public Health Agency of Canada to pay for COVID-19 communications and public education.

$50 million: Initial support to the World Health Organization and other international groups to address the outbreak worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

$12 million: Expanding the work-sharing program from 38 to 76 weeks to supplement wages for workers who cut hours to avoid layoffs at companies affected by COVID-19.

$7 million: To repatriate Canadians from high-risk areas, such as those who were asymptomatic and arrived Tuesday morning from the Grand Princess cruise ship to begin quarantine at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.

$5 million: To waive the one-week waiting period for employment insurance sickness benefits for those who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 11, 2020.

The Canadian Press


  1. I have absolutely no confidence in our government’s ‘[email protected]’ perspective regarding covid-19. Personally I feel there was & is a connection between the National Microbiology Laboratory & the level 4 Bio-lab in Wuhan.

    Our media & our elected representatives have a responsibility to investigate these connections.. The people also have a right to know if this thing was or was not created in a Canadian Bio-lab. The entire world has a right to know what’s in store & if a cure was or was not created at the same time.

    We should not be throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at the very institutions who may have helped to develop such a horrible threat to our global population. The connection between the National Microbiology Laboratory & the level 4 Bio-lab in Wuhan is there.

    I challenge our media & elected representatives to ‘do the right thing’ & look a little deeper into this.

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