The “Safe Restart” Agreement: What You Need to Know
The Government of Canada recently announced the “Safe Restart” agreement with all provinces and territories to provide additional funding and support for a safe and gradual reopening of the economy. This funding is aimed at addressing the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agreement provides $19 billion in funding to support provinces and territories with measures like personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and contact tracing, and support for vulnerable populations like seniors and low-income families. The funding is also intended to help businesses and industries get back on their feet.
The “Safe Restart” agreement is also focused on enhancing Canada`s healthcare system to better respond to future pandemics. This includes improving access to mental health resources and investing in long-term care facilities.
To ensure accountability and transparency, the federal government is requiring provinces and territories to report publicly on how the funds are being used. The government will also monitor the progress of the agreement and make changes as necessary.
This agreement is an important step in Canada`s recovery from the pandemic. By working together, the federal government and provinces and territories can ensure that Canadians are safe and healthy, and that the economy is strong and resilient.