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Island Lobster Season Opens Tomorrow

“Our Island fishing and aquaculture sectors have long played a vital role in contributing to our Island economy and communities, and I am proud of how we have worked together so we can have a setting day in spite of COVID-19. Our seafood products are world class, and, as economies open up, I am confident that our industry will persevere through these challenging times. I wish our lobster fishers and their families much success as they head out onto the waters tomorrow morning.” 

- Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox

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Some Government Services Re-opening as Coronavirus Restrictions Eased in P.E.I.

As the province eases back public health restrictions, more government services will be reopening in the next week.
During a news conference Thursday, Transportation Minister Steven Myers provided an update on some of the services that have reopened.

P.E.I. Clothing Stores Get Approval to Reopen

When P.E.I. enters Phase 2 of lifting the next set of restrictions put in place because of COVID-19, Islanders will be able to try clothes on when they go shopping — something Island bridal shops say is critical to their business.

The second phase of the province's ease-back plan is set to begin May 22. Originally the province said customers would not be allowed to try on or return clothing items when retail stores reopened. 

But now, the province confirmed that protocol has been changed as long as retailers have proper safety precautions in place. 

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Premier Lays Out Basics of P.E.I.'s Child-Care Plan

Yesterday, Premier King announced that as part of Phase 2 of the province's ease-back plan, is expected to begin May 22. More businesses will be allowed to reopen, meaning more people getting back to work.

The second phase will also allow all unlicensed and licensed child-care centres to reopen. 

The centres still must follow protocols set out by the Chief Public Health Office, which currently includes physical distancing measures and limits on children and staff in spaces.

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Prime Minister Announces New Support for Canada’s Fish Harvesters
Announced up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters, who are economically impacted by the pandemic but cannot access existing federal measures. This investment builds on the $62.5 million for the new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund announced last month to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector.

The Government of Canada will:
  • Launch the Fish Harvester Benefit, a program worth up to $267.6 million, to help provide income support for this year’s fishing seasons to eligible self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons crew who cannot access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Support will be provided to those that experience fishing income declines of greater than 25 per cent in the 2020 tax year, compared with a reference period to be identified. This measure covers 75 per cent of fishing income losses beyond a 25 per cent income decline threshold, up to a maximum individual entitlement equivalent to what is provided under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy ($847 per week for up to 12 weeks).
  • Launch the Fish Harvester Grant, a program worth up to $201.8 million, to provide grants to help fish harvesters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account or equivalent measures. This will give them more liquidity to address non-deferrable business costs. The program would provide non-repayable support of up to $10,000 to self-employed fish harvesters with a valid fishing licence. Size of the non-repayable support will vary depending on the level of fish harvesters’ historic revenue.
  • Propose measures or changes to Employment Insurance (EI) that would allow self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons to access EI benefits on the basis of insurable earnings from previous seasons (winter and summer claims).

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Prime Minister Announces Partial Reopening of National Parks, Historic Sites

Trails, day-use areas, green spaces and some recreational boating will be permitted after June 1 but Wilkinson said people should check online before heading out to see whether their local park is open for their chosen activity.

Camping in parks will also not be allowed until at least June 21. Ottawa will assess whether camping should resume at that point.

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Applications for CESB Student Benefit Open Friday: Who is Eligible? How to Apply

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday the opening of the application process for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) , which was first announced last month but needed to go through legislation in the House of Commons.

How to apply
  • Applicants will be asked to apply over four days beginning Friday based on their month of birth, similar to the system used with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • Those born in January, February or March will be able to apply Friday, May 15; those born in April, May or June can apply May 16 and so on.
  • Students can expect their payment in three to five business days from when they were deemed eligible if they're using direct deposit.
  • If you're a student and have never filed a tax return call the CRA to activate your social insurance number so you can apply for the CESB. You'll then be able to set up a My Account and be ready to apply for the benefit this Friday

Who is Eligible?
  • the government defines a student as someone who is enrolled in a post-secondary educational program (at least 12 weeks in duration) that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate, someone who has completed or ended post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later
  • someone who has completed or expects to complete high school, or received, or expects to receive, a high school equivalency in 2020, and has applied for a post-secondary educational program that starts before Feb. 1, 2021.

The CESB is for those who cannot find adequate work to cover their expenses and tuition. This means the CESB is available only to students who cannot find work due to the COVID-19 pandemic or those who are currently working but earn an income from employment and self-employment that has been $1,000 or less (before taxes) during the four-week period they are applying for.

  • In their application, students who are able to work must attest that they are actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB.
  • Anyone who has already applied for or is receiving EI or the CERB cannot apply for the student benefit.

More Details HERE