Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges people to “buy Canadian food” to keep fishermen and farmers in business during the new coronavirus pandemic.
“To all those who want to show their support, buy Canadian. Get Canadian cheese to help a local dairy producer, eat a fish or buy Canadian lobster,” he told his conference today. of daily press.
“Not only will it taste good, it will help the people who keep the food on our plates.”
Trudeau today promised nearly $ 470 million to support fishermen. The package includes a new benefit of $ 267.6 million to cover 75 percent of the losses for fishermen who expect a 25 percent drop in income this season, to around $ 10,000.
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“In the past two months, many Canadians have faced very difficult situations and very difficult choices. Just take workers from the fishing industry. You can’t harvest lobster from inside your home, said Trudeau.
“So that leaves you trying to figure out how to space people on a fishing boat, or cancel your operations. It’s not an easy call to make.”
Seafood processors and fishers have expressed concern that they will not be able to hire the workers they need – including temporary foreign workers – while others have it called for delays in the spring as they work to establish appropriate security protocols.
Trudeau said the federal government is also implementing a $ 201.8 million non-repayable grant program to pay up to $ 10,000 to fishermen who own their own businesses. The amount of the subsidies will depend on the historic income of fishermen, said the office of the Prime Minister.
Trudeau also said that the government is looking to help some fishermen who say they will not generate enough income to apply for employment insurance next year. The Liberals are proposing measures to allow self-employed fishermen to access employment insurance benefits based on insurable earnings from previous seasons.
Last month, the federal government announced $ 62.5 million for the Canadian fish processing sector to help processing plants implement the recommended health recommendations.
Conservative MP Mel Arnold, spokesperson for Fisheries and Oceans, said Thursday’s announcement does not resolve all of the uncertainties facing Canadian fishing workers, including the risk of a shortage of workforce.
“Today’s announcement does not yet provide the clarity that fishermen and fishermen need. When will fishermen be able to claim these benefits? Will family businesses be eligible? Does the offshore sector qualify? Minister Jordan owes fishermen the answers to important questions, “he said in a press release.
“The labor shortage is also a major challenge, which is why the Conservatives proposed the creation of a new program to match students and young workers with jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector, including fish and seafood. This is just one innovative solution that would help young people, businesses and communities. “