Trudeau releases details on $19B in anti-COVID-19 spending as cabinet retreat wraps

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released details Wednesday of how provinces and territories will spend the $19 billion the federal government is giving them to safely restart the economy.
     
The details are in letters each premier has sent outlining how they intend to spend the money.
    
Among other things, the funding will help increase testing and contact tracing, support the health care system, help municipalities deliver essential services like public transit and ensure a secure supply of personal protective equipment for frontline workers.
     
The money will also go towards increasing safe child-care spaces and income support for workers without paid sick leave.
     
Trudeau released the details just as he wrapped up two and a half days of cabinet meetings aimed at plotting a course through the COVID-19 health crisis.
     
Bold talk of an audacious plan to rebuild the battered economy gave way during the meetings to the more immediate challenge of confronting the potential for a second deadly wave of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.