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    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in parliament in Ottawa on April 11. Pic : collected

    CANADA Passes $50 Billion BILL to Protect Workers from Layoffs over Virus

    Planet Desk | 12 April 2020 | 11:52 am

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government in Canada has taken another bold measure to safeguard workers in the country from mass layoffs in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The parliament on April 11 unanimously passed a legislation on wage-subsidy that will provide up to 75% of workers’ salary.

    For coronavirus pandemic, there is a strong speculation that lots of workers in Canada may lose jobs. Taking it into consideration, the government took the measure of passing a stimulus package urgently to protect them.

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    In a rare session on the day, the country’s lawmakers passed the legislation that will cost the government more than $50 billion USD. The Prime Minister, who just got out of quarantine after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for the virus in March, attended the scaled-down session with a quorum of about 20 lawmakers.

    The scheme will be applied retroactively to days worked since March 15. A majority of companies in the country will be eligible for the subsidy.

    According to Worldometer, there are now more than 23,000 people in Canada infected with the virus including 653 deaths. Source : CNN

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