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Quebec: Summary of the latest COVID-19 measures for April 5

March 16, 2020

Press briefing of the day - April 5

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

  • Starting Monday, Canadian workers will be able to go to the Government of Canada site to submit a claim to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The deadlines will vary depending on the payment method chosen:
    • Direct deposit: 3 to 5 days
    • Mail: 10 days

See press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC 

  • The closure of non-essential businesses is extended until May 4. RCC to Work with Government to Orderly Resume Business. 
  • The government is launching a digital platform, "Le Panier bleu", which will present an inventory of Quebec products, in order to encourage local purchases. It is an NPO whose activities will be funded by the government - More info to come 

See press briefing 

 


Quebec Government measures to remember

  • New measure: Businesses will now be closed on Sundays except pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations and  take out or deliveries from restaurants. [March 30, 2020]
  • Confinement of certain regions: Outaouais, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Mauricie-Centre-de-Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands, Nunavik, and Terres-Cries-de- la-Baie-James [April 1, 2020] ;
  • Declaration of a state of health emergency in Montreal (March 27) ;
  • Quebec have ordered the closure of non essential businesses until april 13th. Lists of what is considered essential are still being released ;
  • CLOSURE of restaurant dining rooms. Takeout orders remain authorized ;
  • Suspension of tax and installment payments until July 31;
  • Establishment of a temporary worker assistance program 

 


Daily summary - Quebec provincial measures

April 5

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC 

  • The closure of non-essential businesses is extended until May 4. RCC to Work with Government to Orderly Resume Business. 
  • The government is launching a digital platform, "Le Panier bleu", which will present an inventory of Quebec products, in order to encourage local purchases. It is an NPO whose activities will be funded by the government - More info to come 

See press briefing 


 

April 3

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

See press briefing

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • The Quebec Government announcement an incentive program that will provide $ 400 per month (for 4 months) for employees who work in essential services businesses and who earn less than $ 2,000 per month.  – Link here (French only)
  • The Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium Enterprises will now be managed by the MRCs. 
  • The Quebec Government announcement an incentive program that will provide $ 400 per month (for 4 months) for employees who work in essential services businesses and who earn less than $ 2,000 per month.  – Link here (French only)

See press briefing #1

See press briefing (economic) #2


 

April 2

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • The government is asking Quebec police to be less tolerant and fine people people who do not respect the confinement instructions.  A fine can range from $1,000 to $6,000 per person.

  • Health workers in Quebec to receive a bonus of $4/ hr through an newly announced $287 million Quebec Government fund.

See press briefing


 

April 1

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC 11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

Since noon, this Wednesday, April 1, 2020, additional checkpoints have been issued and police have ensured that only travel related to essential services will be authorized in the following 4 additional regions:

  • Outaouais
  • Laurentides
  • Lanaudière
  • Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec     

Police will monitor entries and exits to these areas and ensure that travels relate only to essential services (health or transportation of essential materials).

See press briefing

 

2 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL (Economic)

The Federal government released more details about the wage subsidy program:

  • Employers who see a 30% or more decline since this time last year are eligible for wage subsidy up to 75% for first $58,700 of salary dollars up to $847/week per employee
  • This is calculated by comparing your revenues from the same months last year March/April/May
  • Employers will need to reapply each month
  • Includes hospitality, non-profits/charities. The size of the business doesn’t impact eligibility.
  • Businesses will need to do all they can to pay the remaining 25%, but there will be flexibilities for those who can’t.
  • Able to apply online shortly (between 3-6 weeks) through a CRA online portal.
  • Bad actors will face severe penalties for fraudulent activities or who abuse the system.

See press briefing

 


March 31

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

  • Spoken directly to over 3,000 companies who have offered their help to manufacture needed products (Masks/ventilators/etc)
  • Allocating $2 billion to purchase personal protective equipment
    • Coordinating with provinces and public health agencies to get equipment to healthcare workers
    • Shipments arriving in the coming days
  • Conversations continue with banks regarding interest rates on credit

See press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • Medical equipment: A shortage would be expected within 3 to 7 days.
  • Aid is being structured to provide people with free psychological support

See press briefing


 

March 30

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

The Government of Canada announced further details on Canada’s Wage Subsidy program for retailers and other businesses.:

  • Any retailer who has seen at least a 30% decrease in revenue will be eligible, regardless of how many people they employ.
  • The subsidy will be on the first $58,700 an employee earns – up to $847 a week
  • It will be backdated to March 15th

See press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • MEASURE: as of today, essential businesses will be closed on Sundays except pharmacies, convenience stores, service stations and restaurants that offer take-out orders. 
  • There is nothing to worry about in the food chain.  
  • The Quebec government is currently working on an agreement to improve aid to farmers for this Summer. 

See press briefing


 

March 29

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

(Update to come)

See press briefing


 

March 28

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

Starting at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020, only essential travels will be authorized in the following regions:

 

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Côte nord
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Gaspésie et Les Iles de la Madeleine
  • Nunavik
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James

Police will monitor entries and exits to these areas and ensure that travels relate only to essential services (health or transportation of essential materials).

 

See press briefing


 

March 27

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

  • The previously announced 10% wage subsidy for small and medium sized businesses will be replaced by a 75% wage subsidy, which will be retroactive to March 15.
  • Through a new Canada Emergency Business Account, banks will offer $40,000 loans to small businesses, interest free for the first year, and $10,000 will be forgivable for qualifying businesses.
  • All GST and HST payments, as well as payments for duties and taxes on imports, will be deferred until June 2020. 
  • The Government of Canada’s website has posted additional information

See press briefing

 

4 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - MONTREAL

  • At the request of the Quebec public health authorities, the City of Montreal declared a local state of emergency on its territory on Friday under section 42 of the Civil Protection Act.

See press briefing


 

March 26

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

New measure regarding the Canadian Emergency Allowance:

  • The two benefits announced last week are replaced by a single benefit, the Canada Emergency Allowance announced yesterday.
  • Increase of the parental allowance.
  • Enrich tax credits + GST ​​for low-income people.

See press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • The provincial government is putting online a portal that will be a link between essential organizations, such as food banks, and Quebecers who want to help and become volunteers. Obviously, volunteers must not have symptoms, be under 70 years old and must be available. It is important to respect the preventive measures imposed by the public health department. Portal: ca (the English version should be available soon).
  • The government plans to postpone the reimbursement of taxes. It is under discussion with the federal government. However, nothing is officially decided on the subject.

See press briefing

See summary poster


 

March 25

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

New measure: Canadian Emergency Allowance:

  • $ 2,000 per month to all laid-off workers
  • Money will be sent within 10 days of request
  • Checks should be sent starting April 6

See press briefing


 

March 24

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • The list of essential services and retailers is to be adjusted.
  • Yesterday, Monday, March 23, François Legault had a conference call with Prime Minister Trudeau and the other provinces. Legault intervened on 3 things :
    1. Priority of all priorities = Medical equipment for more tests
    2. Speed ​​up the delivery of checks to Canadians - fixed date = April 6. The provincial government is looking at how to get this date early so that people in need can buy food.
    3. Federal Law on Emergency Measures. Prime Minister Trudeau was told that this measure was still premature.

See press briefing

See summary poster (French only)


 

March 23

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEFERAL

  • Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. More info here

See press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • CLOSURE of all businesses and relailers until April 13 - SEE THE LIST (French only)
    • This measure must be applied no later than march 24 by midnight.
    • This measure does NOT APPLY to essential services.

See press briefing

 


 

March 22

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • New measure: Closure of shopping centers
  • Even when closed, they will have to maintain access to grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • Clarification: all shops with direct access to the outside and which do not require passage inside “shopping center” type establishments can remain open.

See press briefing

See summary poster (French only)


 

March 21

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

[All rights reserved] The new measure announced by the government of Quebec on the prohibition of any indoor or outdoor gathering DOES NOT APPLY to SHOPS

Indeed, the government decree does not change anything. The shops remain open, grocery stores, hardware stores and others. Measures are taken to comply with the two-meter setpoint

View the press release (French only)

See summary poster (french only)

 


 

March 20

11 AM | PRESS BRIEFING - FEDERAL

  • The government announced its support for companies wishing to convert their production lines to manufacture equipment to combat COVID-19 in its Canadian plan to mobilize the industrial sector to fight COVID-19.

View the press briefing

 

1 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - QUEBEC

  • The Government of Quebec will announce in the coming days infrastructure projects that will be advanced, allowing a certain continuity in the construction sector;
  • Extend by one month the due date of the last property tax payment of the year. Business owners will have until July 2 to make the payment, not June 1;

Review the press point

See summary poster (French only)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR RETAILERS

  • Desjardins: The Contactless payment limit for our credit cards will be increased today to $ 250 on Desjardins payment terminals (TPV), instead of $ 100. This temporary increase will apply in pharmacies, grocery stores and convenience stores with a Desjardins terminal - See the link
  • CNESST: CNESST flexibility measures for employers and workers in the context of COVID-19 - See the link (French only)

 

March 19

3 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - MONTREAL

  • Montreal is implementing a first series of support measures for Montreal businesses:
    • Postponement of the 2nd payment of tax accounts from June 1 to July 2 for all residential and commercial owners, a financial effort of $ 2G;
    • PME MTL will offer a six-month moratorium on the repayment of capital and interest to all private and social economy enterprises that hold loans from PME MTL funds, local solidarity funds and innovation marketing funds.
      Read the press release

Press release (French only)

See press briefing

 

4 PM | PRESS BRIEFING - GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC

  • Establishment of a temporary concerted action program for businesses (PACTE) of 2.5 billion in order to help businesses facing liquidity problems following the COVID crisis19;
  • Financial assistance of at least $ 50,000 in the form of a loan guarantee. Can also take the form of a loan;
    Measures to ease the terms of loans already in progress with Investissement Québec or through local investment funds.
    Review the press point

See press briefing

See summary poster (French only)


 

March 18

  • Restriction for non-essential travel across border:
    • Shipments, trade and commerce will not be affected by the new restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border.
    • Essential travel will continue. The supply chain will be maintained so that essential food and goods can continue to reach people on both sides of the border. The work of the truckers will therefore not be affected;
  • $ 27 billion in direct supports for citizens and businesses;
  • Over $ 55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals;
  • Income tax payments will be deferred until after August 31, 2020 for any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. No interest or penalties will accumulate for tax balances or installments due.
  • For businesses facing revenue losses and lay-offs, eligible small business employers (including those who would normally be eligible for the small business deduction) can access a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration.
  • Measures for businesses: The Farm Credit Canada will be boosted to support farmers and primary food producers

Review the press briefing

 


 

March 17

Individuals:

  • Deferral of taxes payable and installments to July 31 without fees or interest;
  • Obligation to file the tax return (for individuals) is postponed to June 1.

Companies:

  • The production of annual tax reports will be carried out in the usual manner;
  • Suspension of tax and installment payments until July 31;

These measures will inject 7.7 billion of liquidity into Quebec’s economy.

Review the press briefing #1

Review the press briefing #2

See summary poster (French only)

 


March 16

  • Establishment of a temporary worker assistance program

(up to $573 per week for a period of 14 days. Aid could be extended to one month if necessary).

For insulation people:

    • Who have the virus
    • who have symptoms of the virus
    • who have been in contact with someone infected with the virus
    • who returns from abroad

who are not compensated by:

    • their employer's
    • private insurance
    • government programs, including employment insurance or federal government?
    • Among these are workers in employment on the basis of a visa or work permit and certain self-employed workers.
  • No gathering not necessary even if only 50 people
  • Priority to the protection and care of nursing staff
  • Invitation to employers to be flexible
    • encourage work at home
    • does not require medical tickets
  • Encourage blood donation
  • Maintaining public transportation

Review the press briefing #1

See summary poster #1 (French only)

Review the press briefing #2

See summary poster #2 (French only)

 


March 15

  • Limiting the number of customers in restaurants to 50% of capacity
  • Buffets and sugar shacks closed
  • Closure of several businesses, public places and gathering places: libraries, museums, theatres, performance halls, swimming pools, spas, saunas, ski resorts, bars, cinemas, gyms, and arenas
  • Maintain a safe distance of 1 metre and 2 metres if symptoms

Review the press briefing #1

Review the press briefing #2

See summary poster (French only)

 


March 14

  • Declaration of a state of health emergency
  • Ban on visits to CHSLDs and hospitals

Review the press briefing

See summary poster (French only)

 


March 13

  • Voluntary insulation (14 days) for:
    • Person returning to Canada after travelling abroad
    • Person with symptoms
  • Mandatory insulation (14 days) for:
    • Public service, health, education, child care employees who are back in Canada after a trip abroad
  • Indoor gathering of more than 250 people are cancelled
  • Closure of schools, colleges, university and daycare until MARCH 29th

 

Review the press briefing

See summary poster (French only)

 


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