Feds announce financial aid to help seniors and youth during pandemic

Kids Help Phone and United Way Canada to receive millions of dollars

The Prime Minister has announced assistance for seniors and youth impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At his daily news conference today, Justin Trudeau said there is $7.5 million for Kids Help Phone. The money is to be used to provide mental health support to children and youth impacted by school closures and reduced access to community resources and social support.

In a message directed at youth, the PM acknowledged that for many Canadians “home isn’t a safe place to be” and that for “many more, they have no place to go at all.”

Trudeau also said United Way Canada will receive $9 million to give to local organizations that can help seniors by delivering items to them and connecting them to other organizations.

Canadian charities face huge financial struggles during this pandemic. Ottawa is expected to unveil a larger program to assist charities in the near future.

Trudeau also said he would continue to work from home even though his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, announced on Instagram last night that she has been given a clean bill of health after being diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago following a trip to Britain.

The PM said he made the decision to remain at home based on advice from doctor’s.