Canadian travellers returning home will now have to remain in a mandated 14-day quarantine, announced the federal health minister today.
Anyone breaking this order that falls under the Quarantine Act, could be imprisoned for six months or fined up to $750,000.
Additionally, the House of Commons passed legislation for a $107 billion COVID-19 aid package today.
As of 5 p.m., Canada now has 3,180 confirmed cases of the virus.
Here’s a roundup of the top stories from each province:
On Tuesday afternoon, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, issued another letter to inform the community that the Canadian Armed Forces training institutions have ceased training and education. Read the full article here.
BC became the next province today to halt evictions and freeze rents. The province also announced its introduction a new temporary rental supplement for up to $500.
Law enforcement agencies now have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines, announced the provincial government today. Fines could be as much as $500,000.
With 14 new confirmed cases, Saskatchewan limited public and private gatherings to no more than ten people, effective Thursday. Also effective Thursday, some businesses won’t be allowed to provide public-facing services such as clothing and shoe stores, flower shops, sporting stores, and more.
The province is currently reaching out to businesses and their employees for products and supplies to help efforts in the fight against COVID-19. The government issued a list of both goods and services Manitobans could provide. The province is also on the search for ten chest compression systems.
The government of Ontario announced an action plan today to provide $7 billion additional health care resources and $10 billion support for people, jobs, and employers. Support to people and jobs includes daycare costs, cutting taxes for employers, and helping to reduce energy costs.
The Quebec government announced two more deaths as a result of the Coronavirus and is urging its citizens to comply with regulations and stay at home.
With cases on the rise, New Brunswick announced new measures to restrict travel into the province and will conduct border checks with other provinces and the U.S.
Nova Scotia saw its largest jump in COVID-19 cases. Seventeen more cases were reported on Wednesday, the third day in a row with a double-digit rise.
An emergency mini-clinic will be established on the Island to combat the expected rise of the virus. The province is also on the hunt for more supplies, including 12 more ventilators.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Coronavirus cases doubled in one night from 35 to a total of 67. The virus has now reached all four of the province’s regional health districts. In response, the government issued a stark warning to its residents, warning them to take the virus seriously.
Yukon’s chief medical officer of health announced a third confirmed case of the virus on Wednesday. However, Yukon remains the only territory to not close its borders as of yet.