"You deserve a raise"; Trudeau

Trudeau's government hammered out an agreement with provinces and territories to spend more than $3 billion and raise wages for essential workers making less than about $1,800 a month.

It will also work with provinces and territories to explore possibilities for expanding the AgriInsurance program to include labor shortages as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector.

Mr. Trudeau expressed hope that as more businesses start to re-open, workers who are collecting the CERB will be able to return to their jobs with support from the wage subsidy.

The Prime Minister did not extend a similar program called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides $500 a week for 16 weeks for people who have lost almost all of their income due to COVID-19.

"Everyone has their own story, but it all boils down to a very hard time for a lot of people".

Since February, those losses translate to -12.5% in full-time work, and -29.6% in part-time work.

"We'll try to figure, you know, how we can meet these surpluses with the capacity that the food banks can absorb", said Marie Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture.

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That more than 60 per cent of Canada's some 4,200 deaths are in long-term care facilities prompted Trudeau weeks ago to offer federal assistance to boost wages.

Trudeau provided more details regarding topping up wages for low-wage essential workers, with a focus on those making less than $2,500 a month.

Smaller companies - defined as those with less than 20 employees - have shed 30.8 per cent of their workers, medium-sized firms have let 25.1 per cent of workers go, and large companies have seen employment decline by 12.6 per cent.

When Trudeau was asked whether he shared the same assessment as the Green Party's Elizabeth May as to whether Canada's fossil fuel industry was dead, Trudeau said he "does not" share that sentiment.

The Program is applied retroactively as far back as March 15. Leading the way was Quebec with an unemployment rate of 17 per cent, the highest rate for the province in over more than four decades of comparable data.

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