The Safe Restart Agreement (SRA) is a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future surges in cases of COVID-19.
This investment will help address the key priorities, agreed to by Canada’s First Ministers, for the safe restart of Canada’s economy over the next six to eight months. It will support measures to increase testing and contact tracing of the virus to protect Canadians from a future outbreak, and support the capacity of our health care systems, including services for people facing mental health challenges. It will also assist with the procurement of personal protective equipment to help our essential workers, and in protecting the most vulnerable, like our seniors.
The agreement will also help get funding quickly to municipalities so they can deliver essential services that Canadians rely on every day, such as public transit. In addition, it includes actions to help Canadian workers during this challenging time, such as ensuring the availability of safe child care to help parents returning to work, and providing income support for people who do not have paid sick leave so all Canadians can stay healthy. In partnership with the provinces and territories, federal efforts will focus on seven priorities to address Canadians’ immediate needs:
- Testing, contact tracing, data management
- Health care system capacity
- Vulnerable populations
- Personal Protective equipment for health & non-health workers
- Child care for returning workers
- Pan-Canadian sick leave
To read Manitoba’s Response letter from the Premier: https://www.canada.ca/en/intergovernmental-affairs/services/safe-restart-agreement/letters/manitoba.html