I trust that you are well and enjoying the summer weather with your family.
This pandemic has pushed individuals, businesses, and industries into some challenging times. Although it has left all of us with additional worries, it has also led to innovation, growth, and opportunities for the modernization and strengthening of our safety systems. Businesses have shifted to curbside pickup and online sales, schools are including online and distance learning, and companies have transitioned to remote work.
Our government has prioritized the health of Canadians. We have created several critical benefits for Canadians whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 and provided tax-free payments to seniors and people with disabilities. In order for us to return to normal, we are also focused on keeping jobs and businesses strong. Many local businesses require rent assistance or cannot afford labour costs. That’s why we have released additional Canada Summer Jobs funding, created the Rent Assistance Program, the Wage Subsidy, and provided loans to businesses.
However, certain industries have been faced with especially difficult circumstances, including agriculture. Canadians are still eating, but the restaurant industry, the manufacturing of food and agricultural products, and international trade, have all changed significantly. Our government has taken action to address some of these rural-specific issues by implementing specific programs to help farmers and agri-workers.
We have invested in the AgriRecovery programs like the Emergency Processing Fund, AgriStability, and expanded AgriInsurance to cover labor shortages and other COVID-19 risks. We’ve also created online tools to help farmers calculate their AgriStability payments and find the supports available to them. We have made $1.6 billion available in risk management tools.
We must all innovate to ensure that we are not losing potential revenue and products due to broken links in the supply chain. New programs like the Surplus Food Purchase Program redistribute existing and unsold inventories to local food organizations who serve vulnerable Canadians.
The resourcefulness of Canadians, the federal programs in place, and the innovation I’m seeing every day, are all giving me hope for our speedy economic recovery.
As always, feel free to reach out to my office if you have any questions about the federal programs designed to help your family get through COVID-19. Call me at 519-624-7440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great start to the fall,
Bryan May, MP for Cambridge, North Dumfries, North Brant