Prime Minister Trudeau updates response to COVID-19

Federal aid extended

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UPDATE 8:56 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says three federal aid programs designed to blunt the fallout from COVID-19 are being extended.

Trudeau says the federal wage subsidy, rent support and lockdown programs will remain in place until June.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says all three programs will keep support at the current levels.

She says the trio of programs are being extended because the economy is still struggling even with encouraging signs of a recovery on the horizon.

ORIGINAL 8:31 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He is joined by federal ministers Chrystia Freeland (finance) and François-Philippe Champagne (innovation).

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