Que. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

Domain: Care, Economy
Government:Provincial/Territorial, Quebec
Tags:Communities, Public Health, COVID-19
  • The Quebec government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 2020 

  • SAQ donates $1 million to Food Banks of Quebec. Read more
  • Quebec government aligns with federal government measures including extension of income tax returns. Read more
  • Six-month respite for people with student loan debt. Read more
  • Emergency child care remain open to support health, social and essential workers. Read more
  • Emergency financial assistance of $2 million granted to the Food Banks of Quebec. Read more
  • Additional $2.5 million to support victims of violence. Read more
  • Emergency childcare remains open and free until May 1. Read more
  • New measures support businesses by deferring QST payments and accelerated payments of tax credits. Read more
  • Accommodation of health care workers who wish to interrupt or postpone their parental leave in order to participate in the pandemic response. Read more 
  • Emergency assistance totalling more than $133 million in housing resources for seniors and vulnerable citizens. Read more 

April 2020

  • $20 million in additional funding for community organizations. Read more
  • $1.3 million to support food self-sufficiency. Read more
  • $45 million to support the recruitment of agricultural workers. Read more
  • A clinical exposure bonus of 8% will be paid to health personnel who work directly with people with COVID-19. Read more
  • Additional $150 million to help small and medium-sized businesses. Read more
  • Low-income workers in essential sectors will receive $100 per week. Read more
  • Bonuses will be paid to staff working in various private environments for seniors. Read more
  • Emergency financial assistance of $500,000 for Tel-jeunes. Read more
  • Additional funding of over $21.4 million in support for those experiencing/at-risk of homelessness. Read more
  • $3 million in emergency funding for long-term care addiction treatment centres. Read more
  • $5 million in emergency assistance to support community organizations. Read more
  • Schools and child care services to reopen gradually and on a non-compulsory basis from May 11. Read more

May 2020

  • $31 million toward mental health action plan. Read more
  • $14 million to support psychological health of health care and social workers. Read more
  • Additional $50 million in grants for businesses. Read more
  • Solidarity tax credit payments to continue until September 2020. Read more
  • Day camps to open June 22. Read more
  • Increase of $50 million toward supporting businesses. Read more

June 2020

  • $71.3 million to support businesses and organizations in Quebec’s rural communities. Read more
  • Quebec enhances Canada’s emergency assistance program for commercial rent by $140 million. Read more
  • More than $71.5 million in housing assistance. Read more
  • $400 million in emergency assistance for public transit. Read more 
  • $175,000 for a study on the effects of the pandemic on community organizations. Read more

July 2020

  • The Quebec government announces they will not extend essential workers retention incentive. Read more

August 2020

  • Emergency financial assistance of $17.6 million to enhance mental health services. Read more
  • 12-week extension of the employer contribution credit to the Health Services Fund for employees on paid leave. Read more
  • Introduction of measures to support return to school. Read more
  • New immigration program grants permanent status to asylum seekers who provided health care during the pandemic. Read more
  • $70 million in emergency aid for self-financing community organizations. Read more

September 2020

  • $2 million in emergency financial assistance to support community organizations helping at-risk and vulnerable populations. Read more
  • $2.3 billion in financial assistance for municipalities to offset COVID-19-related revenue losses and expenditures. Read more

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