New program gives health-care works up to $2,000 bonus

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The Government of Nova Scotia is providing a cash bonus for those in the health-care sector supporting the COVID-19 response.

A release says the Essential Health-Care Workers Program will give workers a bonus of up to $2,000 after a four month period, beginning March 13.

The program includes eligible employees of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK and long-term care, home care and in-home support and emergency health services, including those who volunteered to be redeployed to work at a facility experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

Premier Stephen McNeil said in the release, "We are pleased to partner with the federal government on a program that recognizes the hard work and unique challenges front-line health-care workers face due to COVID-19."

The province is contributing $13.4 million with Ottawa providing $80.5 million.

Government says the program applies to full and part-time workers, casual employees and cleaning staff, and eligible employees who work during the pandemic will need to work all four months to receive the maximum amount.

The program is expected to benefit up to 43,000 health-care workers in Nova Scotia.