The Canadian government announced it will boost the pay of frontline and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a $4 billion Canadian dollar ($2.85 billion USD) deal.
The Labor leaders applauded the federal government’s move of contributing nearly 75 percent of the total to the effort, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “deserved.”
The remaining 25 percent of the deal will be funded by the territories and provinces. They can independently decide who qualifies for the pay bumps.
“The bottom line is this: if you’re risking your health to keep this country moving and you’re making minimum wage, you deserve a raise,” Trudeau said during his daily news conference.
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