Federal ministers and health officials provide COVID-19 update – April 10, 2020

REACTING TO THIS AND WHAT THEY MAKE OF THAT ISSUE? >> Peter: WELL, I THINK SOME OF THEM ARE SPLIT.

I MEAN, IN THE PROVINCES OBSERV EASTER, RAMADAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS OBSERVATIONS.

THIS YEAR WE'LL HAVE TO CELEBRATE THIS SEASON PHYSICALLY DISTANT WHILE STAYING CLOSE TOGETHER USING THE TECHNOLOGIES WE HAVE AT HAND.

FOR EXAMPLE, VIDEO CONFERENCING AND EAR PHONES.

WE'LL CONTINUE, ALSO, TO ENSURE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

BUT ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS, WHO, AS WE KNOW, ARE HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME WITH THESE ISOLATION MEASURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER WHILE CONTINUING TO — THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES.

WE'LL WASH OUR HANDS REGULARLY AND CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

[End of Translation] WE'LL BE BOTH VERY SPECIAL AND VERY DIFFERENT FROM EARLIER DAYS.

MANY CANADIANS WILL CELEBRATE PASSOVER, EASTER, VISAKI OR RAMADAN AMONG OTHER RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS.

WE'LL DO THESE CELEBRATIONS BY BEING DISTANT FROM EACH OTHERS PHYSICALLY, BUT BY BEING CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN HEART, BY LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER, AND USING MODERN TECHNOLOGY.

PHONES, OF COURSE, WHICH IS NOT SO MODERN, BUT ALSO VIDEO CONNECTIONS AND BROADLY LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER IN THOSE IMPORTANT MOMENTS.

WHILE WE DO THIS, WE WILL WANT TO CONTINUE MAINTAINING THE IMPORTANT DIRECTIVES ON SELF-ISOLATION, PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND WASHING OUR HANDS REGULARLY.

SO THAT WE CAN EMERGE FROM THE CURRENT CRISIS AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): TODAY WE WILL HEAR FROM Dr.

TAM, AS WELL AS FROM MINISTERS MILLER, AS WELL AS Dr.

NJOO AND WONG WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

SO Dr.

TAM, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

[End of Translation] >> BONJOUR, EVERYONE.

I'LL BEGIN WITH OUR USUAL UPDATE ON THE NUMBER OF COVID CASES IN CANADA.

THERE ARE NOW 21, 403 CASES WITH MANY OF THESE DEATHS LINKED TO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES.

FOR THE LAB TESTING WE'VE COMPLETED TESTS FOR OVER 383, 000 PEOPLE.

WITH NOW OVER 5% CONFIRMED POSITIVE.

AS CANADA CONTINUES TO IMPROVE TESTING TO TRACK WHERE THE DISEASE IS SPREADING.

YESTERDAY WE SHARED THE MODELLING NUMBERS THAT ARE HELPING US VISUALIZE HOW THE EPIDEMIC MIGHT UNFOLD OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

THE NUMBERS WERE HARD TO BEAR, BUT KNOWING WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE AND KNOWING THAT WE'RE ALL CONVINCED THAT CRUSHING THIS EPIDEMIC CURVE IS THE RIGHT RATE OUT OF ANY BAD TRAJECTORY.

IN THE MIDST OF THIS HARDSHIP CANADIANS ARE SHOWING THERE IS A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

BEING A BIT BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES TRAJECTORIES IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS GIVEN CANADA A CHANCE TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES EARLIER AND IN CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): YESTERDAY WE PRESENTED THE MODELLING DATA THAT ARE HELPING US VISUALIZE HOW THE EPIDEMIC MIGHT UNFOLD OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

THESE NUMBERS WERE HARD TO HEAR BUT KNOWING WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE I KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL CONVINCED THAT DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PUT LUCK ON OUR SIDE TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IS THE RIGHT WAY TO ACT.

CANADIANS CAN BE REASSURED THAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HIT CANADA LATER THAN SOME OTHER COUNTRIES.

WE WERE, THEREFORE, ABLE TO PUT IN PLACE MORE QUICKLY SOME MEASURES TO BLOCK THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION.

[End of Translation] IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEEN STANDING STILL.

WE'VE ACTUALLY ACHIEVED A GREAT DEAL TOGETHER OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

WE'VE HELD OUR OWN THROUGH THE PROGRESSION OF THE PANDEMIC, HELPED OUR FELLOW CANADIANS COME HOME FROM ABROAD AND KEPT OUR HEALTH SYSTEM FROM BEING OVERWHELMED.

THESE HAVE BEEN NO SMALL ACHIEVEMENTS.

CHANGING OUR ROUTINES HAS BEEN DIFFICULT AND THE UNCERTAINTY HAS MADE US ALL FEEL THE STRAIN.

BUT SEEING THE NUMBERS AND WHERE THINGS COULD GO MEANS WE'VE GOT TO DOUBLE DOWN ON OUR RESOLVE TO STAY THE COURSE.

MANY CANADIANS WILL BE SPENDING THIS LONG WEEKEND WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

THIS YEAR IT'S GOT TO BE ALL ABOUT THE STAYCATION FOR THE NATION.

IT IS REALLY UPLIFTING AND ENERGIZING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE TAKING THE CHARGE TO DO ALL SORTS OF FUN AND CREATIVE THINGS DURING THEIR STAYCATION.

THE CHOICE OF WHERE TO BE, HOME IN YOUR BUBBLE WITH YOUR EXISTING HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS ONLY HAS NEVER BEEN CLEARER.

THERE IS NO CHOICE BUT TO PLANK THE CURVE, THEN CRUSH IT.

THANK YOU.

>> MERCI, Dr.

TAM.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): NOW I'LL GIVE THE FLOOR TO CARLA QUALTRO, MINISTER OF JOBS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

>> (Voice of Translator): I'D LIKE TO START — [End of Translation] JUST OVER 615, 000 NEW SERVE APPLICATIONS.

THIS BRINGS US TO A TOTAL OF 3.

8 MILLION SINCE MONDAY AND 5.

62 MILLION SINCE MARCH 15TH.

TO DATE WE'VE PROCESSED 5.

08 MILLION TOTAL.

THAT MEANS THAT SINCE MARCH 15TH MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WOULD HAVE SEEN AND WILL SEE THEIR FIRST SERVE PAYMENT OF $2, 000.

I KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS AND SOME CONFUSION AROUND ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE RECEIVED, AND THEY'RE WONDERING WHAT THEY SHOULD DO NEXT.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): I WANT TO BE CLEAR.

OUR PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE CAN ACCESS IT IN THE QUICKEST AND MOST SIMPLE WAY POSSIBLE.

[End of Translation] A SIMPLE SYSTEM THAT COULD AUTOMATICALLY PROCESS CLAIMS IN A STRAIGHT FORWARD WAY AND DELIVER MONEY TO CANADIANS QUICKLY.

TO DO THIS WE PUT MOST OF THE INTEGRITY MEASURES AT THE BACK END.

WE'RE DELIVERING A SINGLE BENEFIT TO CANADIANS WHO ARE EI ELIGIBLE AND NON-EI ELIGIBLE.

IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EI AND APPLY, YOU'LL BE RECEIVING THE SERVE.

IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EI AND APPLIED YOU WILL BE RECEIVING THE CERBT ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IN HOW WE PROCESS THESE CLAIMS.

THIS PROCESS IS JOINTLY DELIVEREDED BY SERVICE CANADA AND THE CRA.

IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR EI, WE'LL PROCESS YOU THROUGH SERVICE CANADA.

IF YOU'RE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EI, WE'LL PROCESS YOU THROUGH THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY.

ONLINE, REGARDLESS, ALL CANADIANS APPLY AT WWW.

CANADA.

CA/CORONAVIRUS.

CERB.

FROM THERE OUR SYSTEM ASKS A FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO MAKE SURE YOU GO THROUGH THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SYSTEM.

AND WE'RE ASKING CANADIANS TO DO THEIR PART BY FOLLOWING THE PROCESS AND HONESTLY ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS ON YOUR SCREEN.

AND WE KNOW THAT SOME CANADIANS MAY HAVE BEEN WORRIED THAT THEY APPLIED FOR EI BUT NOT THE CERB SO THEY ENDED UP APPLYING TWICE.

THIS MEANS THAT SOME CANADIANS MAY HAVE RECEIVED TWO PAYMENTS.

DON'T WORRY.

IT'S FINE.

WE'RE ON IT AND WE'RE SORTING IT OUT.

CRA ARE WORKING TO ENSURE THE SITUATIONS ARE RECONCILED AND PAYMENTS DON'T EXCEED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWED PER INDIVIDUALS OF $8 THOULZ — $8, 000 OVER A 16-WEEK PERIOD.

WE'LL BE IN CONTACT WITH THOSE THAT RECEIVED MORE THAN $2, 000 OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

YOU DON'T NEED TO CONTACT THE CALL CENTRE.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REACH OUT TO US AT THIS TIME.

WE'RE REMINDING CANADIANS YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR A MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF $8, 000 OVER 16 WEEKS, MEANING IF YOU GOT AN ADDITIONAL PAYMENT THIS MONTH, YOU MUST BUDGET ACCORDINGLY.

SOME CANADIANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EI COULD HAVE ALSO RECEIVED ADDITIONAL FUNDS.

HOWEVER, NOT A DOUBLE PAYMENT OF $2, 000.

IN THESE CASES, THESE ARE OTHER ENTITLEMENTS, WHICH YOU PREVIOUSLY QUALIFIED FOR BUT WERE PAID OUT AT THE SAME TIME AS YOU GOT YOUR CERB WHEN YOU WERE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED THROUGH SERVICE CANADA.

IN THESE CASES YOU DON'T NEED TO WORRY.

THERE'S NOTHING FOR YOU TO DO.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): I WANT TO REPEAT THAT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE AN EI CLAIM, YOU WILL ALSO BE AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE CERB AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILE ANOTHER CLAIM.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO CHECK THE WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED DURING THIS CRITICAL PERIOD.

THANK YOU.

>> (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CARLA.

NOW I'LL GIVE THE FLOOR TO MARC MILLER, MINISTER OF — [End of Translation] >> FIRST I'LL ACKNOWLEDGE WE'RE GATHERED ON THE TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN PEOPLE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

LONG STANDING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INQUALITIES MEAN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES COULD BE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY COVID-19.

DURING THIS PANDEMIC MY SOLE PRIORITY IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA.

AS SUCH, WE'RE FOCUSSED ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE THAT WILL SAVE LIVES.

THE TRANSFER OF $305 MILLION IN FUNDS TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS CANADA HAS BEGUN.

THE FUNDING WILL ADDRESS IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND TO HELP INDIGENOUS NEEDS REACT AND PREPARE FOR THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

WE KNOW THAT EACH COMMUNITY AND EACH NATION HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE NEEDS IN THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND.

IT'S DESIGNED TO GIVE THE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO ADDRESS THEM.

WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THOSE FUNDS ARE FLOWING DIRECTLY TO COMMUNITIES, $15 MILLION WILL GO TOWARDS INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING SERVICES TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN URBAN CENTRES.

AND THOSE LIVING OFF RESERVE.

AS ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS ONLINE NOW.

I DO READILY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE FUNDS MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND PARTNERS IN THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE NECESSARY RESOURCES SUCH AS PPE, INCLUDING HAND SANITIZERS AND OTHER DISINFECTANTS READY TO TRY TO STEM THE PROPAGATION OF COVID-19.

IN COOPERATION WITH COMMUNITIES WE WILL CONTINUE TO FURTHER PLANS AND PROVIDE STAFF ON THE GROUND SUCH AS MEDICAL STAFF AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES.

WE ALSO HAVE PROVIDED RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROTOCOLS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES, AND THESE WERE TRANSLATED INTO MANY INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES.

THIS CONTENT INCLUDES PROTOCOLS FOR SELF MONITORING FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN THE COMMUNITIES, AS WELL AS DIRECTIVES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, ESPECIALLY FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLES.

THESE ARE DIRECTIVES THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED.

SO FAR WE HAVE SENT — EXPEDITED 410 REQUESTS FOR MATERIALS.

IN TERMS OF THE HEALTH CARE CENTRES AND OTHER TESTING FACILITIES IN THE VARIOUS GROUPS, PEOPLE HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND WE ARE WORKING AS HARPED AS WE CAN TO OBTAIN FURTHER TESTING KITS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEM TO RURAL AND REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES BASED ON NEEDS.

AS OF APRIL 9th, THERE ARE 40 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES ON RESERVES AND 5 CASES IN INUIT COMMUNITIES IN INUVIK.

[End of Translation] 5 IN NUNAVUT.

THROUGH THIS TIME WE'RE SEEING GREAT LEADERSHIP IN ACTION AS COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING STRONG AND NECESSARY AND INNOVATIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE AT HOME AND ON THE LAND INITIATIVE TO HELP FAMILIES IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES MOVE ON TO THE LAND WHERE THEY CAN MAINTAIN SAFER PHYSICAL DISTANCES THAN IF THEY WERE TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOME COMMUNITIES.

SOME COMMUNITIES ARE ADAPTING COMMUNITY SPACES TO SUPPORT SELF ISOLATION MEASURES.

OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE ORDERED READY TO MOVE STRUCTURE TRAILERS IN ORDER TO HAVE ADDITIONAL SPACE AVAILABLE.

FOR COMMUNITIES THAT REQUIRE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE, WE'RE EXPLORING ALL OPTIONS.

WITH OUR PARTNERS TO BEST MEET COMMUNITIES' NEED.

WE'RE ACTIVELY GETTING RESOURCES OUT THE DOOR AND STAND READY TO DEPLOY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

I RECOGNIZE THE CONCERNS ABOUT CAPACITY AND RESOURCES, IN PARTICULAR IN REMOTE AND FLY-IN COMMUNITIES.

AND I NOTE WE ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO EXPAND NURSING CONTRACTS AND ASSESSING THE NEED FOR OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SUCH AS PARAMEDICS AND FIRST LINE RESPONDERS TO HELP EMERGENCY RESPONSES.

WE'VE ALSO RECOMMENDED FIRST NATIONS WITH UPCOMING ELECTIONS, NOT TO PROCEED WITH ELECTIONS AT THIS TIME.

AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT ASSOCIATED PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS.

WE'VE INTRODUCED A TEMPORARY REGULATORY OPTION, THE FIRST NATIONS ELECTION CANCELLATION AND POSTPONEMENT REGULATIONS THAT WILL ALLOW FIRST NATIONS LEADERS TO CONTINUE EXERCISING THEIR ROLES AND DUTIES WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS WITH THE POTENTIAL EXTENSION AS LEADERS FOCUS ON PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

THE DECISION OF WHETHER TO HOLD SCHEDULED ELECTIONS IN THE CURRENT CONTEXT OF THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 REMAINS WITH FIRST NATIONS.

IN ADDITION, I RECOGNIZE THAT THIS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION CAN PLACE UNPRECEDENTED FINANCIAL BURDEN ON INDIGENOUS FAMILIES.

ESPECIALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE.

THE INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA INCOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROVIDES FUNDING TO ALLOW FIRST NATIONS TO MATCH RATES AND ELIGIBILITY OF THEIR PROVINCES OF RESIDENCE.

AS A RESULT OF THIS PROGRAM, B.

C.

FIRST NATIONS WILL RECEIVE $300 PER MONTH PER ADULT AS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF B.

C.

FOR CURRENT INCOME ASSISTANCE CLIENTS LIVING ON RESERVE.

WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF POSITIVE MEASURES TAKEN BY INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT THEIR POPULATIONS.

I WANT TO RECOGNIZE, AGAIN, THEIR IMPORTANT WORK AND THE STRENGTH THAT THEY HAVE SHOWN.

BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

WE KNOW MORE SUPPORT WILL BE NEEDED AND WE WILL BE THERE TO MAKE SURE NO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IS LEFT BEHIND.

BY WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE LIVES.

TO THOSE IN ISOLATION, I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

CANADA WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

[SPEAKING ALTERNATE LANGUAGE] MERCI.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MARC.

WE'LL NOW BE PLEASED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>> OKAY.

SO AS USUAL, WE'LL START WITH THREE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE BEFORE TURNING TO THE ROOM.

ONE QUESTION, ONE FOLLOW-UP.

OPERATOR.

>> THANK YOU, MERCI.

PLEASE PRESS STAR 1 AT THIS TIME IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION.

[Speaking French] OUR FIRST QUESTION.

PLEASE, GO AHEAD.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): YES, MY QUESTION IS FOR Mr.

DUCLOS IF POSSIBLE.

I WANT TO COME BACK TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WE SAW YESTERDAY.

HUGE NUMBERS.

WE ALSO READ YOUR OWN MODELLING LOOKING AT A PANDEMIC THAT COULD GO ON UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

NOW, WE'RE CLEARLY IN A RECESSION ALREADY.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT WE COULD FALL INTO A DEPRESSION? AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, WE'RE ALREADY OVER $100 BILLION IN ASSISTANCE FOR CANADIANS AND THE PROVINCES OVER THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS.

I MEAN, $300 BILLION, THAT'S WHAT IT WOULD TAKE UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT? >> (Voice of Translator): FIRST, I'LL GIVE THE FLOOR TO Ms.

CARLA QUALTROUGH FOR THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS.

LET'S BE CLEAR.

CANADA IS GOING THROUGH AN EMERGENT SITUATION WE'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE OVER THE PAST GENERATIONS IN TERMS OF HEALTH AND ECONOMY.

THAT'S WHY PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU WAS VERY CLEAR WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE THE FAMILIES AND WORKERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH.

IF WE DIDN'T WANT TO DO THAT, WE WOULD END UP WITH A HUGE SOCIAL CRISIS IN CANADA.

WE ALSO TOOK RAPID MEASURES TO SECURE OUR COUNTRY IN TERMS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING SOCIALLY.

THAT IS, ENSURING THAT EMPLOYERS HAVE THE MEANS TO PAY THEIR WORKERS AND TO RETAIN THEM SO THE WAGE SUBSIDY.

WE ARE LUCKY IN OUR FISCAL CAPACITY IN CANADA COMPARED TO THE OTHER G7 COUNTRIES.

AND PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU SAID IT VERY CLEARLY.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE THIS CAPACITY AND THIS FISCAL CAPACITY TO INTERVENE AND SUPPORT AS LONG AS IT'S NECESSARY.

CARLA? >> (Voice of Translator): YESTERDAY WE ANNOUNCED THAT THERE'S ABOUT 1 MILLION JOBS THAT WERE LOST.

AS Mr.

DUCLOS SAID, WE DO HAVE THE FISCAL AND TAX CAPACITY.

WE ARE QUITE LUCKY TO HAVE THAT CAPACITY.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR MEASURES ARE IN PLACE FOR THE 16 WEEKS.

AND THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET HAS STARTED LOOKING AT WHETHER THIS NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED FURTHER.

ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE.

WE CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE SITUATION.

AND IF WE DO NEED TO GO FURTHER, WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SO, BUT WE ARE QUITE CONSCIOUS OF THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THIS IS TAKING.

SO THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS DECISION THAT THE CABINET MUST TAKE.

>> (Voice of Translator): FOLLOW-UP QUESTION.

BUT IS IT REALLY ON THE TABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THOSE SUPPORT MEASURES AT THE SAME SCALE? Ms.

QUALTROUGH, YOU SAID YOURSELF THAT YOU'RE AWARE OF HOW MUCH THIS IS COSTING.

I MEAN, AMONG THOSE OPTIONS THAT ARE ALL ON THE TABLE, IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THIS SUPPORT AT THE SAME LEVEL? >> (Voice of Translator): ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY THAT'S ON THE TABLE.

BUT WE HAVEN'T MADE THAT DECISIONS.

WE'RE NOT THERE YET.

WE DON'T KNOW HOW THE SITUATION WILL EVOLVE.

THIS REALLY DEPENDS ON CANADIANS' ACTIONS.

THAT IS HOW LONG THE PANDEMIC WILL LAST.

WE CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE SITUATION DAY-TO-DAY AND EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE.

>> (Voice of Translator): UP THE.

NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE.

[End of Translation] >> THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

>> Question: GOOD MORNING.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A LOVELY HE'LLSER WEEKEND AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY — EASTER WEEKEND AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION.

I THINK MY QUESTION IS BETTER PLACED FOR Mr.

DUCLOS.

IT'S A BIT SPECIFIC.

I'M HEARING ABOUT THIS, THOUGH I ASSUME THERE ARE OTHER CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

BUT I WAS CONTACTED LAST NIGHT BY A MAN WHO WAS TOLD BY HIS EMPLOYER THAT EVERYONE IN THE OFFICE WILL HAVE TO TAKE A 25% PAY CUT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ONLY PAYING 75% OF WAGES.

AND FOR CONTEXT, NOBODY AT THIS COMPANY HAS BEEN LAID OFF YET.

THEY'RE CONSIDERED AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE.

SO I'M WONDERING WHAT YOUR REACTION IS TO THIS AND MIGHT YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR EMPLOYERS WHO ARE DOING THIS AND EMPLOYEES WHO ARE BEING TOLD THIS.

THANKS.

>> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION.

AND WE ALL HEAR FROM YOUR QUESTION THAT WE ALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH THIS CRISIS.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLEARLY HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY, AND IT'S BEEN DEMONSTRATED OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS TO ACT IN AN EMERGENCY MANNER, IN A WAY WHICH IS MAKING THE LIVES OF MANY CANADIANS SUSTAINABLE.

WE ALSO EXPECT, AND I THINK WE'VE COMMUNICATED THAT CLEARLY TO ALL BUSINESS LEADERS ACROSS CANADA, WE ALSO EXPECT BUSINESSES TO DO THEIR OWN WORK, TO MEET THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.

AND WE DO THIS IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.

AND ONE MANNER, WHICH IS CERTAINLY VERY STRONG, AND I THINK MUCH APPRECIATED, IS THROUGH THE 75% WAGE SUBSIDY.

NOW, THAT WAGE SUBSIDY IS TARGETED TO THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO WOULD AND WHO ARE EXPERIENCING AFTERNOON IMPORTANT FALL IN THEIR REVENUE, IN THEIR INCOME, AND PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ON THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM BY THE MINISTER OF FINANCE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO.

THAT'S 75% PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, WE DO HOPE, AND IN SOME CASES WOULD EXPECT THAT EMPLOYERS WOULD ADD ANOTHER 25%.

IS TO THAT WAGES, FULL WAGES WOULD BE PAID.

BUT WE ARE UNDERSTANDING THAT NOT ALL BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO FILL THE GAP BETWEEN THE 75% AND THE 100%.

NOW, FOR THOSE OTHER BUSINESSES THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY STRUGGLING, IN SOME CASES ARE EVEN INVITED OR EVEN ADDING TO THEIR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES BECAUSE OF PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND WE WOULD UNDERSTAND, AND WE'D CERTAINLY EXPECT THOSE BUSINESSES TO MAINTAIN THEIR WORKERS AND TO PAY THEM AT THE LEVEL WHICH WOULD NORMALLY BE THE RIGHT LEVEL.

BECAUSE IN THOSE CASES, BUSINESSES WOULD BE GOING THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF OTHER BUSINESSES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING VERY CHALLENGED.

>> OKAY, A FOLLOW-UP.

>> Question: THANK YOU.

SO AS A FOLLOW-UP, AND I'M GOING TO ASK IT TO Mr.

QUALTROUGH, IF YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

BECAUSE TO BE FAIR TO THIS EMPLOYER, LIKE, I DO THINK THEIR SALES HAVE DECLINED.

BUT THE IDEA THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE SEEING PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN FAMILY GET LAID OFF AND THEN YOU'RE JUST TOLD THAT YOUR SALARY — AS THOUGH OTTAWA WAS PAYING YOUR WAGE LAST MONTH, I THINK THAT CAN COME AS QUITE A SHOCK.

BUT I ALSO WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE CERB.

THERE WAS A REPORT IN THE STAR YESTERDAY THAT ANYONE WHO APPLIES FOR CERB IS BASICALLY BEING GIVEN CERB.

SO IS THE MESSAGE TO CANADIANS WHO NOW, YOU KNOW, HAVE FALLEN THROUGH THOSE CRACKS THAT CURRENTLY EXIST, SELF EMPLOYED CANADIANS, THOSE WITH REDUCED WORK HOURS, BASICALLY ANYONE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL HELP, IS THE GOVERNMENT BASICALLY SAYING APPLY TO CERB, USE IT AS AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN AND PAY IT BACK NEXT YEAR IF YOU DON'T SPECIFICALLY QUALIFY FOR CERB? INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COME FORWARD WITH A PROGRAM THAT HELPS THESE PEOPLE SPECIFICALLY? >> WE'LL TURN TO CARLA FOR AN ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.

>> THANK YOU.

I'LL ANSWER YOUR SECOND QUESTION FIRST.

SO THE CERB WAS BY DESIGN CREATED AS A SIMPLE STRAIGHTFORWARD AUTOMATIC PROCESS.

WE BUILT INTEGRITY MEASURES IN AT THE BEGINNING LIKE SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER VERIFICATIONS.

BUT THERE'S ALSO INTEGRITY MEASURES BUILT IN AT THE END AND DURING THE PROCESS AT OUR BACK END.

SO WE KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, HOW TO VERIFY IF SOMEONE HAVE INCOME OR DIDN'T HAVE INCOME.

AND I HEAR YOU.

WE ALSO KNOW HOW HONEST CANADIANS ARE.

THE TRADE OFF WOULD HAVE BEEN TO BUILD IN THESE SECURITY MEASURES, GET AN ROE AND PROVE YOUR INCOME, AND IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN MONTHS TO DELIVER IT TO MILLIONS OF CANADIANS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INTRETH MEASURES ARE STRAIGHTFORWARD AT THE BEGINNING, BUT WE WILL, WHETHER IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS OR COME TAX TIME NEXT YEAR, RECONCILE ACCOUNTS AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE DIDN'T GAME THE SYSTEM OR FRAUDULENTLY SAY SOMETHING THAT WASN'T TRUE.

>> THANK YOU, MERCI.

OUR NEXT QUESTION.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

[Speaking French] >> (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

>> (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU.

YES.

I WAS WONDERING WHETHER YOU OBTAIN GUARANTEES FROM ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES TO ENSURE THAT THE WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM WOULD BE ADOPTED WITHOUT A HITCH TOMORROW, IF YOU'D HAVE TO BE AROUND FOR A FEW DAYS AGAIN.

>> (Voice of Translator): IF I MAY, I I THINK THAT ALL PARTIES, WHETHER IN GOVERNMENT OR IN THE OPPOSITION UNDERSTAND HOW URGENT THE SITUATION IS, ALL PARTIES WERE TOGETHER OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS TO ENSURE THAT THIS SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM, THE LARGEST MEASURES IN CANADA'S HISTORY CAN BE VOTED ON QUICKLY AND VOTED THROUGH QUICKLY BY PARLIAMENT, BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

I HOPE THE HOUSE UNDERSTANDS BEST THERE HAVE BEEN — OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS THE HOUSE LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE LEADERS IN THE HOUSE OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO ENSURE THAT THIS PROGRAM CAN BE PAST AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS BY PARLIAMENT.

>> (Voice of Translator): FOLLOW-UP QUESTION.

NOW, AFTER THIS ISOLATION PERIOD, I'M WONDERING WHAT WOULD BE AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THAT WOULD ALLOW AUTHORITIES TO SAY NOW WE CAN TAKE OUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKES A LITTLE BIT.

IS IT 0%, 5%, 25% OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION? >> (Voice of Translator): ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS BETTER ANSWERED BY Dr.

NJOO SINCE IT'S PUBLIC HEALTH.

I'LL GIVE HIM THE FLOOR.

>> (Voice of Translator): THANK YOU.

AS WE SAID DURING OUR MODELLING BRIEFING, IT WILL REALLY DEPEND.

EVERYBODY IS DOING THEIR BEST RIGHT NOW.

ALL CANADIANS ARE DOING THEIR BEST.

AND IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON.

PROGRAMS 1% OF THE POPULATION WILL BE INFECTED DURING THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC IN CANADA.

IT WILL LAST A FEW MONTHS AT LEAST FOR THE FIRST WAVE, AND THEN WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN FOR THE SMALLER WAVES LATER ON.

SO WE NEED TO BE MONITORING THE DATA.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EPIDEMIC CURVE WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE PEAK WILL BE.

BECAUSE AS WE SAID, IT'S ONLY IN RETROSPECT THAT WE CAN REALLY SEE WHETHER WE ARE ON THE DESCENDING PORTION OF THE WAVE.

AND THEN WE CAN SEE, OH, WE'RE PAST THE PEAK.

FOR NOW THAT'S THE KEY MESSAGE WE WANT TO SEND OUT.

EVERYBODY HAS TO DO THEIR PART.

ALL CANADIANS MUST CONTINUE WITH THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES.

THAT IS PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SO ON.

WE HOPE THAT WE'LL GET GOOD RESULTS FROM THAT.

>> WE'LL NOW TURN TO THE ROOM.

STARTING WITH GLOBAL.

YOU'VE BEEN SO PATIENT.

>> OKAY.

IS THIS ON? OKAY.

COOL.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES ARE BEING CONTACT TRACED RIGHT NOW? AND HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT TRACING TO GETTING THESE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES REMOVED OR REDUCED OR GETTING US BACK TO NORMAL? >> Dr.

TAM.

>> SO I KNOW THAT WITHIN — ACROSS CANADA ALL THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ARE DOING CONTACT TRACING ON THE CASES.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE ASKING ANYONE WHO HAVE ANY KIND OF SYMPTOMS TO STAY HOME AND OF COURSE SELF-ISOLATION IS DIRECTED FROM PUBLIC HEALTH.

SO THAT IS A VERY KEY PART OF THE CURRENT RESPONSE.

BUT WE KNOW THAT THIS VIRUS IS A VERY DIFFICULT VIRUS TO ASCERTAIN WHO MIGHT BE INFECTED OR NOT.

SO THIS IS WHY THE SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES AND STAYING HOME IS SO CRITICALLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.

MOVING FORWARD THOUGH, ABSOLUTELY AS WE GET THIS FIRST WAVE UNDER CONTROL, THE ABSOLUTE KEY IS TO HAVING SENSITIVE SYSTEMS TO DETECT ANY NEW CASES AND THEN TO DO RIGOROUS CONTACT TRACING AROUND THOSE CASES.

>> Question: THANK YOU.

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

AND ARE WE — IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING ANY MEASURES OR REGULATIONS OR FEDERAL OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ARE PROTECTED FROM THIS OR ANY FURTHER PANDEMIC? >> SO AS EVERYBODY HAS SEEN, SOME OF THE KEY DRIVERS OF THE OUTBREAKS IN CANADA ARE THE LONG-TERM CARE CENTERS.

SO TOGETHER WITH ALL CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS, THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP AREAS OF COLLABORATION RIGHT NOW.

I I THINK YOU HAVE SEEN Dr.

HENRY AND OTHERS IN THEIR JURISDICTION ENACTING SOME VERY IMPORTANT POLICIES AND MEASURES.

NOT ONLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF REALLY KEY INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES, BUT ALSO MEASURES TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MOVEMENT OF STAFF BETWEEN FACILITIES.

THAT'S ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT.

AND ALSO WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT PEOPLE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THAT HAPPENS.

SO RIGHT NOW, THE SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, OUR KEY PIECE OF WORK IS LOOKING AT THE GUIDANCE RELATEDED TO HOW TO DO INFECTION PREVENTION CONTROL IN THIS POPULATION.

REALLY, REALLY VITAL.

AND SO I THINK FROM THE FEDERAL SIDE, RIGHT NOW, AT LEAST ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY SIDE, WE'RE PROVIDING THE FEDERAL GUIDANCE ON THE NEXT SET OF MEASURES! >> THANK YOU.

>> Question: HI, Dr.

TAM.

MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR YOU.

I'D JUST LIKE TO FOLLOW-UP ON WHAT YOU WERE SAYING THERE ABOUT THIS FEDERAL GUIDANCE FOR NEW MEASURES FOR LONG-TERM CARE HOMES IF I'M FOLLOWING.

I KNOW IN B.

C.

THIS TYPE OF MOVEMENT THEY'RE SAYING THE MEASURES THERE WERE DIFFERENT.

WORKERS FROM WORKING AT ONE FACILITY AND THEN WORKING AT ANOTHER FACILITY.

PART OF THESE MEASURES, ARE THEY GOING TO INCLUDE RECOMMENDING TO PREMIER FORD AND PREMIER LEGAULT IN QUEBEC AS WELL TO FOLLOW THOSE SAME MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN THE B.

C.

? SO THIS IS EXPERT GUIDANCE, BUT ALSO IT WILL ESSENTIALLY BE A CENSUS POSITION FROM THE COMMITTEE.

AND WE PROVIDE THE ADVICE ACROSS CANADA.

AND JUST STAY TUNED BECAUSE WE'RE ACTIVELY WORKING ON THIS RIGHT NOW.

>> AND MY NEXT QUESTION WOULD BE FOR MINISTER DUCLOS, AS WELL AS Dr.

TAM.

THERE IS A RELEASE THAT CAME OUT THAT THE RCMP IS NOW GOING TO START ENFORCING THE QUARANTINE ACT AS WELL, FOLLOWING UP ON SOME OF THE COMPLIANCE MEASURES THAT PUBLIC HEALTH IS DOING NOW.

MUST HAVE THESE MEASURES WOULD ALSO INCLUDE BEING ABLE TO TAKE PEOPLE INTO CUSTODY, RATHER THAN JUST A COURT SUMMONS.

SO WHY IS THIS CHANGE IN POLICY NECESSARY TO GET THE RCMP INVOLVED? IS IT BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WERE ALREADY VIOLATING THE QUARANTINE ACT? WHY ARE WE STEPPING UP THESE MEASURES? >> THANK YOU.

I'LL START AND THEN Dr.

TAM MIGHT WANT TO ADD.

WE ALL KNOW THAT MAKING SURE THAT THIS SITUATION IS RESOLVED AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE REQUIRES THE COOPERATION AND THE WORK OF EVERYONE.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS AND DAYS THAT WE EXPECT EVERYONE, AND ESPECIALLY EVERY TRAVELER COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA, INSIDE OF CANADA TO FOLLOW THIS STRICT SELF-ISOLATION.

NOT ONLY GUIDELINES, BUT — NOT ONLY RECOMMENDATIONS AND I UNDERSTAND — AND GUIDELINES, BUT THESE ARE REQUIREMENTS.

PEOPLE MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT MOST AND A LARGE MAJORITY OF CANADIAN TRAVELERS UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THOSE MEASURES.

BUT WE ALSO ARE MINDFUL THAT THERE ARE A FEW THAT MIGHT REQUIRE PERHAPS MORE SERIOUS CARE, IN PARTICULAR — IN A PARTICULAR WAY.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING WITH SECURITY AGENCIES AND POLICE FORCES ACROSS CANADA TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THAT IS NEEDED — AND UNDERSTAND THIS IS RARELY NEEDED — THE COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENT OF ALL POLICE FORCES, INCLUDING THE RCMP MAY BE REQUIRED AND MAY BE IMPLEMENTED.

BUT Dr.

TAM, YOU MIGHT HAVE A PUBLIC SAFETY PERSPECTIVE ON THAT AS WELL.

>> YES.

I THINK IT'S REALLY TO GIVE US THE RANGE OF TOOLS THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED.

OF COURSE WE'RE ASKING EVERYONE WHEN YOU'RE ISSUED AN ORDER FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE QUARANTINE ACT WE EXPECT THAT TO BE FOLLOWED.

WE ARE CONTACTING PEOPLE.

AND FOR A MAJORITY OF THE TIME YOU CAN FIND THEM IN THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE OF SELF-ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE.

BUT THIS IS JUST THE RANGE OF MEASURES.

AND OUR PEACE OFFICERS WHO ARE DESIGNATED UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT CAN THEN TAKE NECESSARY MEASURES.

AND THE QUARANTINE ACT HAS VERY POWERFUL PENALTIES.

BUT WHAT YOU DON'T WANT IS TO JUST APPLY THE REALLY HIGH END OF THE — THOSE MEASURES.

YOU WANT TO SORT OF MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, FAIR WARNING IS GIVEN, EDUCATION IS GIVEN, AND CALIBRATE WHAT YOU MAY WANT TO APPLY TO A PARTICULAR PERSON NOT FOLLOWING THE QUARANTINE ACT IN A SORT OF CALIBRATED WAY, IF YOU LIKE.

SO I THINK IT IS TO LOOK AT THE RANGE OF INSTRUMENTS AND HOW YOU IMPLEMENT THIS THAT THE RCMP IS CURRENTLY LOOKING AT.

>> THANK YOU, Dr.

TAM.

I WANT TO TURN IT BACK TO THE PHONE.

OPERATOR.

>> THANK YOU.

MERCI.

OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM BRIAN PLATTE WITH THE “NATIONAL POST.

” PLEASE GO AHEAD.

>> Question: HI, I'VE GOT A QUESTION FOR Dr.

TAM.

I WANTED TO ASK AGAIN ABOUT CONTACT TRACING.

WE KNOW THAT IT'S A VERY RESOURCE INTENSIVE PROCESS REQUIRING BASICALLY A SMALL ARMY OF PEOPLE TO MAKE PHONE CALLS AND SO ON.

WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTS, WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO HAVING THE CAPACITY TO DO THIS PROPERLY? DO WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE IN PLACE? ARE WE GETTING THERE? >> YES.

THIS IS A TOPIC OF ONGOING SITUATIONAL UPDATES F YOU'D LIKE, ON AN ONGOING BASIS.

SO WHAT I'VE BEEN HEARING IS THAT PEOPLE DO HAVE THE HUMAN RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED.

BULL WE'RE ALSO THERE TO SUPPORT IF NEEDED IN TERMS OF SURGE.

OF COURSE WE'LL BE MONITORING AND FORECASTING.

SAY IF THERE'S AN INCREASE IN CASES, WHICH THEN MEANS INCREASE IN CONTEXT, WE'RE THERE TO SUPPORT THE SURGE IF NEEDED.

SO YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT ROSTERS OF OF COURSE STUDENTS, RETIRED PUBLIC HEALTH OR MEDICAL WORKERS.

THE PROVINCES IS DOING THAT ALREADY.

SO YOU'LL SEE SOME JURISDICTIONS HAVE ALREADY PUT IN THAT SURGE.

AND OTHERS, IF THEY SHOULD REQUIRE IT, AND WE CAN HELP IN ANYWAY, WE HAVE THAT SURGE, BEING PULLED TOGETHER AS WELL.

>> Question: THE OTHER THING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WAS CONTACT TRACING AS A POSSIBILITY OF TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING CELLPHONE LOCATION DATA.

WHAT SORT OF DISCUSSIONS ARE YOU HAVING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW, INCLUDING WHETHER IT'S POSSIBLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT VIOLATING PRIVACY LAWS? >> I THINK THAT IS AN AREA OF GREAT INTEREST TO EVERY JURISDICTION.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY INNOVATORS WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT IDEAS.

SO WE ARE PULLING TOGETHER A GROUP AMONGST THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO GAUGE INTEREST.

AND I DO BELIEVE THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF INTEREST.

BUT THERE IS A LOT OF INNOVATORS, AND WE NEED TO LOOK AT EACH OF THOSE INNOVATIONS.

AS YOU SAY, IN PARTICULAR AS IT PERTAINS TO THINGS LIKE PRIVACY.

I DO THINK THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT RANGES OF APPLICATIONS.

SOME ARE, OF COURSE, FOR CONTACT TRACING, BUT OTHERS ARE MORE TO GIVE PEOPLE ALERTS, SO THAT HE THEY ARE NUDGED TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN TERMS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.

SO THE RANGE OF DIFFERENT INNOVATION.

BUT WE ARE, TOGETHER, EVALUATING SOME OF THESE.

>> THANK YOU, DOCTOR.

NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE.

.

>> THANK YOU.

MERCI.

OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM CBC NEWS.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

>> Question: HI.

THANKS FOR TAKING OUR QUESTIONS ON THIS GOOD FRIDAY.

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR Dr.

TAM.

NOTES FROM FEBRUARY SHOW THAT HEALTH OFFICIALS WERE AWARE OF MARKET PRESSURES FORGETTING PPE'S.

JUST WONDERING, WAS IT A PUSH TO GET CRUCIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES ON THE GLOBAL MARKET IN FEBRUARY ADEQUATE, CONSIDERING OFFICIALS WERE STILL ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE RISK OF THE SPREAD HERE WAS LOW? >> SO JUST TO SITUATE THIS, YOU KNOW, I THINK FROM ABOUT THE DAY ONE THAT WE HEARD ABOUT OUTBREAK OF AN UNUSUAL OUTBREAK IN WUHAN, WE STARTED PREPARING THE HEALTH RESPONSE.

SO ABSOLUTELY EVERY ASPECT OF THIS WERE LOOKED AT, BUT OF COURSE AT THE BEGINNING THERE WERE FEWER CASES THIS IS A COMPLETELY NOVEL VIRUS.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT WAS GOING, BUT WE'RE TRACKING IT CLOSELY AND OUR RISK ASSESSMENTS BUT ALSO OUR RESPONSE EVOLVED AS WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS EVERYDAY, IF NOT EVERY HOUR, SO THOSE UNDERWENT EVOLUTION AS WE WENT ALONG, AND I THINK IT IS — AS THE WORLD CAME TO RESPOND TO THIS SITUATION, WITH SOME VERY UNPRECEDENTED MEASURES, INCLUDING A LOT OF THE BROADER MEASURES THAT RESTRICTED FLIGHTS, ET CETERA AND THE MAJOR GLOBAL DEMAND FOR THESE PPE'S.

OF COURSE WE'VE BEEN ESCALATING EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THE RESPONSE AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE.

AS YOU'VE HEARD, EVERY SINGLE OPTION WAS EXAMINED.

SO AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE WE HAVEN'T BEEN IN THIS FOR VERY LONG AND EVERY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT ACTUALLY ESCALATED AND DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT REALLY, REALLY FAST.

AND WE'RE HUMBLED BY THIS VIRUS AND WE'RE LEARNING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

BUT I THINK PPE WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITY ISSUES IN OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSE AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH IT.

SO I THINK ABSOLUTELY.

>> Question: I'D LOVE TO FOLLOW-UP ON THAT.

THE LOW TESTING RATE IN ONTARIO, COLLEAGUES ARE WONDERING WAS IT THE NATIONAL STRATEGY TO COORDINATE TESTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR ARE YOU GOING TO JUST LEAVE IT TO THE PROVINCES? >> THERE'S A REALLY HUGE COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE FROM THE LABORATORIES, AGAIN FROM DAY ONE IN GETTING THE INITIAL NOVEL TESTING ACTUALLY IN PLAY IN CANADA.

AND NOW OF COURSE IMPROVING OUR RANGE OF OF TESTING CAPABILITIES.

NOT JUST A SINGLE TEST BUT MORE THAN ONE.

BUT ALSO, AS EVERYBODY APPRECIATED, JUST AS THERE WAS A GLOBAL DEMAND FOR THINGS LIKE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THERE WAS ALSO AN EQUAL DEMAND LABORATORY REAGENTS, SWABS AND EVERYTHING.

SO ALL STOPS WERE PULLED OUT FOR DOING THAT AS WELL.

BUT EVERY LABORATORY, EVERY PUBLIC HEALTH LAB HAVE BEEN ENGAGED, AND WE'RE THERE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

SO IF THERE'S A NEED AND THERE'S A NEED FOR SURGE, AND A NEED FOR FURTHER SUPPORT TO ANY JURISDICTION, WE'RE ALL THERE TO HELP.

>> THANK YOU, DOCTOR.

ONE QUESTION IN THE ROOM AND THEN ONE LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE.

>> Dr.

TAM, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE TESTING.

YOU'VE SAID A NUMBER OF TIMES AND THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID A NUMBER OF TIMES TESTING IS THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO BEAT THIS.

ONTARIO HAS A SMALLER AMOUNT OF TESTING BEING DONE EVERYDAY.

THEY CHANGED THE REQUIREMENTS OR THE CRITERIA YESTERDAY IN ORDER TO GET A TEST, BUT IT STILL APPLYING MOSTLY TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING INTO THIS HIGHER RISK SETTING.

HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE UNTIL WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY, THE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY OR JUST THE ABILITY TO TEST EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO NEEDS ONE RIGHT NOW? >> WELL, I THINK WE ACHIEVE CONSENSUS AT A SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE KEY PARTIES THAT MUST BE TESTED.

BECAUSE THAT'S THE DRIVER OF THE EPIDEMIC.

AND SO I THINK WE AGREE ABSOLUTELY WE WANT TO COVER ALL OF THOSE QUICKLY BECAUSE WHATEVER WE DO IN THOSE KINDS OF SETTINGS WILL DETERMINE THE TRAJECTORY OF THIS EPIDEMIC.

SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, EVERY SINGLE DAY WE LOOK AT OUR CAPACITY AND HOW WE IMPROVE IT.

INCLUDING THE ABILITY TO LOOK AT DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF TESTING CAPABILITIES.

SO ALL OF THAT IS ON THE GO.

IT IS DYNAMIC EVERYDAY.

WE LOOK AT OUR SUPPLIES AND HOW WE SUPPORT JURISDICTIONS EVERYDAY.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS THE NUMBER OF CASES COME DOWN OF COURSE ON THE OTHER SAID OF THE CURVE, DEMAND WILL ALSO BE LOWER.

IT'S A VERY DYNAMIC PROCESS.

BUT ALL I CAN SAY IS EVERY JURISDICTION IS TRYING REALLY HARD TO GET THEIR TESTING PLATFORMS UP AND RUNNING.

SOME OF THEM MIGHT BE CHANGING THEIR PLATFORMS AT THE SAME TIME.

SO THERE'S DIFFERENT DYNAMICS AT PLAY.

BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT OUR CAPACITY WILL JUST KEEP INCREASING.

>> THANK YOU.

ONE LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE.

OPERATOR.

>> THANK YOU.

PLEASE GO AHEAD ON THE PHONE.

>> Question: HI, YES.

MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER QUALTROUGH.

AGAIN ON THE CERB APPLICATION.

I WANT TO CONFIRM THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE, I GUESS, CLAWING BACK OR RECOOPING MONEY FROM APPLICANTS WHO DO GET THE FUNDING BUT AREN'T ELIGIBLE AND WHEN THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

>> WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE IMPORTANT QUESTION.

CRA AND IN SERVICE CANADA WILL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH PEOPLE WHO GOT TWO PAYMENTS OF $2, 000.

THAT'S NOT THE PEOPLE WHO GOT MORE THAN THEY THOUGHT THEY SHOULD HAVE.

ONLY PEOPLE WHO SEE A DOUBLE PAYMENT OF $2, 000 WILL BE CONTACTED.

AND AS I SAID IN MY REMARKS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO CALL US.

WE'RE GOING TO CALL YOU.

THE IDEA BEING THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OVERALL PEOPLE DON'T GET MORE THAN $8, 000 DURING THE 16 WEEKS.

SO IT WON'T NECESSARILY BE A CLAW BACK SITUATION.

IT MIGHT BE YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR MORE THAN THE $8, 000.

WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH CANADIANS.

WE'RE WORKING WITH CRA.

WE'RE STILL GETTING A HANDLE ON HOW MANY OF THESE DOUBLE PAYMENTS ACTUALLY HAPPENED, WHICH WE'RE COMPLETELY DRIVEN BY THE CONFUSION BY APPLICANTS OF THE NEED TO APPLY ONCE OR TWICE.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE VERY SURE IT DOESN'T PRODUCE HARDSHIP ON PEOPLE.

AND IT'S WHY MY MESSAGE IS MAKE SURE YOU BUDGET.

OVER 16 WEEKS YOU'RE ONLY ENTITLED TO $8, 000 TOTAL.

>> FOLLOW-UP? >> Question: YES.

SPECIFICALLY ON APPLICANTS THOUGH WHO DON'T MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA BUT APPLY ANYWAY AND RECEIVE FUNDING.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BE VERIFYING OR I GUESS CONDUCTING THE VERIFICATION PROCESS AND TRYING TO GET THAT MONEY BACK? >> THAT'S A WORK IN PROCESS.

BUT AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES — AND QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK THE QUESTION PRESUME AS LITTLE BIT OF INTENT ON THE PART OF CANADIANS THAT JUST ISN'T THERE.

WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO TRUTHFULLY STATE IF THEY STOPPED WORKING BOUGHT COVID.

AND PEOPLE ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT BEING OVERLY HONEST IN CANADA.

AND OUR FRAUD LEVELS JUST AREN'T HIGH.

AND WE KNOW THIS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

BUT ABSOLUTELY OVER THE COURSE OF WHETHER IT'S WEEKS OR MONTHS TO FOLLOW, WE WILL DEFINITELY VERIFY INCOME, VERIFY ELIGIBILITY, AND PEOPLE WILL — IT WILL BE OFFSET.

AT LEAST DURING TAX TIME IF NOT BEFORE.

>> THANK YOU, MINISTERS.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE.

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