Federal: Mandated temperature screening at airports, CERB two-month extension and new PPE supply website launched
Emergency Response Benefit extended by two months
The Canada emergency response benefit is being extended by two more months. CERB has provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CERB recipients for the new phase will be required to sign an attestation acknowledging the government is encouraging them to look for work and to consult with the government's job bank.
Mandated temperature screening at airports
The federal government announced that it will be mandating temperature screening at airports for both travellers and employees in secured areas. Any passenger with a fever will not be permitted to board a flight. Temperature screening will be introduced through a phased approach:
- Phase 1: By June 30, 2020, all air operators will be required to conduct temperature screenings of all passengers travelling to Canada from abroad prior to departure.
- Phase 2: By the end of July, temperature screening stations will be placed in the departure section of the Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver airports (the only Canadian airports offering international travel).
- Phase 3: By September 2020, temperature screening stations will be in place in the departure sections of the next 11 busiest airports in Canada (St. John’s, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto – Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria).
New website for Personal Potective Equipment launched
The Government of Canada has launched a new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Web Hub to bring together information for organizations buying and selling PPE. The hub connects Canadian organizations with federal, provincial, and private sector resources. If a company has PPE to sell, or supplies needed for the manufacturing of PPE, the hub has the information needed to help. Those looking to buy PPE can find resources on consumer guidance and companies selling PPE. The site is evergreen and content will grow and evolve over time.