As we move into the fall and the world continues to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada remains focused on keeping Canadians safe and healthy, while continuing to ensure they have the supports needed during this global health and economic crisis.
Michael McLeod today announced $14,555,000 in federal funding will be flowing to the Northwest Territories as part of the Safe Restart Agreement. This funding will help the Northwest Territories safely restart their economy and provide additional support to Canadians, as we continue to deal with the impacts of the global pandemic.
Through the Agreement, reached earlier this summer, the Government of Canada announced over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy.
Here in the Northwest Territories, the Safe Restart Agreement will support measures to increase testing and contact tracing to protect Canadians from future waves of the virus. It will help support the capacity of our health care systems, including through services for people facing mental health challenges. It will also provide municipalities with funding so they can quickly deliver essential services that Canadians rely on every day and secure a reliable source of personal protective equipment for essential workers.
The Agreement will also provide direct support to Canadian workers, including safe child care to help parents returning to work. It will also provide income support for people without paid sick leave, and takes steps to protect the most vulnerable, like Canada’s seniors.
As we continue to deal with the health and economic challenges of the pandemic here in our Territory and across Canada, the government will continue to invest in Canadians. Together, we will build a more resilient Canada – one that is healthier and safer, cleaner and more competitive, and fairer and more inclusive for everyone.
Canada continues to provide assistance as we address the COVID-19 pandemic. This agreement for funding with the Government of the Northwest Territories addresses many of their priorities and will help with essential public health services, acquiring personal protective equipment and provide support for the increased demands on our health care system, especially for vulnerable populations. Amongst other supports, Canada recognized from the beginning that we need to support families to ensure childcare is available for parents returning to work and I applaud the support for this shared priority.
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories