Liberals introduce new targeted pandemic aid bill for businesses, workers

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The Trudeau Liberals have outlined their latest aid package for an economy recovering from COVID-19.

They are proposing targeted support to severely affected businesses, locked-down workers, and extra weeks of benefits that expired just days ago.

The legislation introduced in the House of Commons is one of four bills the government wants MPs to pass before the middle of December ahead of a winter break.

The Liberals are proposing to send 300 dollars a week to workers who find themselves off the job because of a pandemic-related lockdown between now and spring 2022.

The bill would let the cabinet decide which regions are considered in lockdown, defined as an order for businesses to close and workers to stay home for at least 14 straight days.

It would block benefits to those who refuse to get vaccinated.

Payments would be retroactive to October 24th when the Liberals let a pandemic-era benefit for the unemployed expire.

Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, praised the extended list of eligible companies.

But, he added the high bar for revenue losses would leave out too many small businesses.