On this picture obtained from Canadian Armed Forces Fight Digital camera, a Canadian soldier aids a senior citizen on Could 10, 2020, on the Vigi Queen Elizabeth Residential and Lengthy-Time period Care Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Genevieve Beaulieu / Canadian Armed Forces / AFP
Canada introduced Tuesday a one-time cost of as much as Can$500 (US$360) for seniors — who as a gaggle have suffered essentially the most COVID-19 illness and fatalities — to assist defray added pandemic prices of residing.
An estimated seven million aged Canadians qualify for the help.
“The last few weeks have been particularly tough for our seniors and their families,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed a day by day briefing.
“Our parents and our grandparents are most at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus and of suffering the most serious consequences right across the country,” he mentioned.
The pandemic, he mentioned, uncovered shortfalls in care at nursing properties, the place roughly 80 % of COVID-19 deaths in Canada occurred. The disaster led to the army being despatched in to assist feed and take care of residents.
A lockdown has additionally left many aged Canadians remoted, and dealing with further prices for pharmaceuticals or grocery deliveries, for instance, “which means they can’t take advantage of sales in stores,” Trudeau mentioned.
“It’s hard on their morale, as well as on their finances,” he mentioned.