COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The provincial government has made amendments to the federally funded essential worker wage top-up program. The program now includes private sector home care support workers and early learning and childcare enhanced support workers who provide direct client care.

  • For more information, see the Government of New Brunswick’s news release of July 14th, 2020.[455]

  • Relief on co-pay for drug plans

    • Patients with drug coverage under New Brunswick’s public drug plans will only be responsible for the initial co-payment on a prescription fill or refill.
    • For example, a patient with a 90-day prescription made up of three 30-day fills will only have a co-payment for the first 30-day fill payment.
    • For more information, see the Government of New Brunswick’s news release of March 21, 2020.[456]

    Child care for those who lost income and essential workers

    • The Government of New Brunswick has committed to covering the child-care fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
    • The Government of New Brunswick will also cover any “double fees” for child care services for essential workers. This includes workers paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility, but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities.
    • For more information, see the Government of New Brunswick’s news release of March 20, 2020.[457]

    Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia has taken a number of measures under the Health Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 20, 2020, the province’s chief medical officer of health and Minister of Business jointly announced economic measures to help Nova Scotia businesses and students.

    Support for Infrastructure

    • The Government of Canada is investing up to $82,849,316 in programs to expand the support for communities affected by COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
    • For more information, see the Government of Canada’s news release of August 5th, 2020.[458]

    Relief measures for businesses

    Support for startup businesses

    • The Province of Nova Scotia is investing $750,000 to help startup businesses seize opportunities emerging from COVID-19.
    • For more information, see the Province of Nova Scotia’s news release of June 11, 2020.[459]

    Support for Agriculture Sector

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