"With cases rising across the country, and lockdowns happening in several places, I want to be clear: we’re going to continue doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to keep you safe and supported," he wrote.
The most up-to-date information on application requirements and eligibility for these benefits is available online.
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Through the CRB, workers "who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits" can get some financial assistance.
Those eligible can get $1,000 for a single two-week period. After that, applicants can reapply "up to a total of 13 eligibility periods" covering 26 weeks.
Among other eligibility criteria, applicants must not have received any of the other benefits on this list.
In addition to workers who "were not employed or self-employed for reasons related to COVID-19," those who "had a 50% reduction in [their] average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID-19" may also apply.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
This benefit is for workers, either employed or self-employed, "who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care."
The government makes clear that "this applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19."
Eligible applicants could receive $500 for each qualifying week for up to 26 weeks before September 25, 2021.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The much-discussedRecovery Sickness Benefit is for workers who "are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19."
Eligible applicants could get $500 for each week they are unable to work, for a maximum of two weeks and a total of $1,000 — but they'll need to re-apply after the first week.
Some of the changes include one-time credits of 300 insured hours for workers with 120 insured hours who are "applying for regular benefits" and minimum payments of "$500 per week before taxes, or $300 per week before taxes for extended parental benefits but you could receive more."
The complete list of changes, which will be in effect for one year, is available online.
Benefits vary according to an individual's situation. You should always check the latest updates and qualification requirements.
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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"[The forecast] suggests that we are at the start of the Delta-driven fourth wave," Tam said.
However, she said the trajectory could change with rising numbers of fully vaccinated Canadians, as well as the "timing, pace and extent of reopening."
While some resurgence of the virus is expected as cities across Canada ease their public health restrictions, according to Tam, a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases could mean that the country is reopening too quickly.
The updated modelling data showed that if Canadians increase their daily contacts with others by 25%, Canada could see at least 10,000 new cases daily by September.
Based on data from 11 provinces and territories, Tam said that from mid-December to July 12, only 0.5% of new cases were found in fully vaccinated Canadians. Unvaccinated Canadians made up 89.7% of new cases in the same time period.
In a July 29 tweet, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the province is in a "better position every day" to combat the Delta variant in Quebec.