Trudeau remains committed to financially helping Canadians during COVID-19 pandemic

Parliament Hill is seen without any visitors in Ottawa

Anyone already receiving benefits does not need to apply for CERB.

If approved, affected workers would have to fill out an online application and meet what Finance Minister Bill Morneau said will be a few, limited conditions to qualify.

"I think this is our fundamental issue: We're confused", said Hinds, whose association represents print and digital news media members across the country, including Torstar, the Star's parent company.

The ministry also stated it was "taking action to support our publishing and news sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic" and that these efforts "will help ensure Canadians can continue to get reliable news and information related to COVID-19, so they can make the right decisions to stay healthy and safe".

Trudeau says this new benefit will be there for those who have lost their job as a direct result of COVID-19 - whether they're full-time workers, part-time, or self-employed - as well as those who are still employed but unable to receive income at this time.

He also indicated his government is reviewing the demands of business groups to substantially increase the wage subsidy so employers can keep workers on the payroll even if they are off in self-isolation.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit combines two benefits announced last week to streamline application process.

The federal government is looking to get money out "quickly and reliably" and Trudeau said that the system will be up and running by April 6. He said the party supports the aid package because Canadians need the help.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference to give an update from self isolation at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa to give an update on the government's response to COVID-19 outbreaks on March 17, 2020.

The prime minister wrapped up his remarks with another reminder to Canadians to continue to physically distance themselves from others.

"Through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Government of Canada would be helping support those Canadians who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic".

Trudeau also said it's still very important for all Canadians returning home from worldwide travel to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Morneau said more than 2,000 Canada Revenue Agency workers are being redeployed to help get the employment benefits flowing.

Trudeau said the controversial clause in the bill would be nixed, but continued to press for capabilities to respond quickly to new developments in the spread of the virus.

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