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Canadian Parliament passes massive coronavirus relief bill

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 12, 2020
The Canadian Parliament passed a massive coronavirus relief bill, deemed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the country's most significant economic program since the World War II.
Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister   Justin Trudeau
In a rare Saturday sitting, members of both the House of Commons and Senate, from all political parties, agreed to support the government's $52 billion wage-subsidy program that will cover 75 per cent of earnings up to about $42,000, retroactive to March 15 and up to June 6, reports Xinhua news agency.

Topics: Canadian coronavirus

To qualify, employers will have to demonstrate that they expect at least a 15 per cent revenue drop in their revenue from March, or a 30 per cent decrease in April and May compared to the same period last year.

"The front line is everywhere," Trudeau said, referring to the country's battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic when attending the session.

His appearance in the Commons on Saturday was the first time he has stepped out of his residence in a month, after his wife, Sophie Gregoire, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12 and the Prime Minister went into self-isolation.