Volume 43 | June 30, 2020
Hoback Electronic Herald

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The new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) aims to encourage young people to take part in service activities that will help them support their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain invaluable experience. 

Administered by WE Charity, the CSSG is a one-time payment available at five levels, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The amount will vary based on the number of hours each volunteer completes, with $1,000 provided for each 100 hours completed, up to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours.

In order to be eligible for the grant, participants must be 30 years of age or younger, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a student with a refugee status, and either:

  • enrolled in and attending post-secondary education during the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semesters;
  • recent post-secondary graduates (no earlier than December 2019); or
  • studying abroad and currently residing in Canada.

Post-secondary students and recent graduates must register no later than August 21, 2020, to be eligible to receive the grant. Completed applications for the CSSG must be submitted no later than November 6, 2020, and participants will only be able to count hours accumulated from June 25 to October 31, 2020.  
Not-for-profit organizations will be able to submit volunteer opportunities to the  I Want to Help  platform. Eligible and high quality placements will be posted on the platform, where students can search and apply for opportunities in their communities. In order to be eligible, a placement must:

  • be with a not-for-profit organization, which includes registered charities
  • take place in Canada and support Canada’s response to COVID-19
  • be a minimum of two hours per week for four weeks
  • follow all applicable public health requirements

Applications are now open at IWantToHelp.org.

In response to the Government`s outsourcing of this $900 million program, members of the Conservative Caucus have written a letter to the Auditor General asking her to include the cost of the Trudeau government’s decision to outsource in her final report to Parliament on the government’s COVID-19 spending, as the connections between WE Charity and the Prime Minister are well documented.
While Saskatchewan moves forward with its reopening plan, I’ve heard from a number of residents and local business owners wondering how the transition back to a more open local economy will affect them in our constituency.
My Conservative colleagues and I are focused on getting workers and local businesses back on their feet. Conservatives believe it should always pay to work. That is why we are proposing to make the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) more generous and flexible, by introducing the Back to Work Bonus. 

Under our Conservative plan, Canadians who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive their full $2,000 CERB. As businesses reopen, workers who make between $1,000 and $5,000 per month would qualify for the Back to Work Bonus, a CERB top-up that would be gradually phased out by 50 cents for every extra dollar earned over the $1,000 threshold.

For a part-time server making $2,000 per month, the Back to Work Bonus would result in a top-up of $1,500, for a total monthly income of $3,500.

After making it through an incredibly challenging few months, Canadians should not be penalized for picking up an extra shift or gradually returning to work as their employer reopens.

Canada’s Conservatives will keep putting forward constructive solutions to get you the help you need.
My constituency offices in Prince Albert and in Nipawin have now resumed
in-person meetings.

My staff and I have worked to put COVID-19 preventative measures in place. We will continue to abide by the guidelines and recommendations outlined in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan .

In-person meetings will take place by appointment only. Please call my constituency offices at 306-953-8622, 1-800-939-0940 or (306) 862-2203.

You can also book an appointment by emailing randy.hoback@parl.gc.ca . One of my staff will get back to you with an appropriate meeting time.

If you want an issue addressed that does not require a meeting, please continue to reach out to me via phone and email.
Canada’s banks will begin accepting applications from business customers for the third phase of the federal government’s Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program starting today.

As announced by the government in May, CEBA has been expanded to enable a greater number of qualifying sole proprietors, or businesses with payroll lower than $20,000, with eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million to apply for interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000.

CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada (EDC), which is working closely with banks in Canada to deliver the loans.

As set out by the federal government, businesses applying for CEBA will be subject to new terms under phase three of the program. For the first two phases of CEBA, banks enrolled businesses once they had attested to their eligibility, and provided funding upfront, while EDC would screen for eligibility after the loans had been extended.

In phase three, EDC will approve eligibility in CEBA before funding is released. While businesses will still be required to provide an attestation to their primary business financial institution, they will need to provide additional documentation to EDC, before a loan can be approved by EDC.

Please note that entrepreneurs using personal chequing accounts are still not eligible or this Liberal Government Program, despite calls from the Conservative Caucus to allow eligibility.
Just a reminder that every Wednesday is Canada Takeout Day. I encourage everyone to support a local restaurant on Wednesdays if you are able to afford doing so.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged residents and businesses in throughout our constituency. I continue to hear from too many small business owners who are struggling through this crisis.

Residents can help by supporting our local businesses while following the advice of health officials. Please join me in shopping local to support our retailers.

On the other side of this crisis, it will be the success of small, local businesses that will put Canada on the path to prosperity once again.
As the Shadow Minister for International Trade, I recently penned an OP/ED on how COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a paradigm shift in international trade. You can read the entire article by clicking here .