PM announces $240M for online healthcare platforms

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

Canada will invest CAN$240 million (US$170 million) to develop virtual care and mental health tools for residents to better cope with the consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to brief Canadians on COVID-19 in what has become his daily address from Rideau Cottage.

"We're going to need to have access to testing, and we're going to make it a point that we're not accessing testing, even in a private way, if testing availability is an issue in the community", Daly told 630 CHED in Edmonton. "That's exactly what we have been doing over the last two months and we're starting to see real results". "While it is not possible to predict the course of the pandemic globally or indeed the changes that will be required of the airline industry, our determination is to ensure that our company is positioned to emerge in the post-COVID-19 world as strong as possible and capitalize on the opportunities that will inevitably arise".

With these results in mind, the government has chose to invest $175 million in the continuation of ongoing research and support human clinical trials beginning as early as July.

The funds will be used mainly to create new digital platforms and applications to give Canadians "strategies to manage stress or support from a procurement professional", Trudeau said.

The goal of these resources being to support the needs of Canadians from the safety of their homes and lessen the burden on existing medical infrastructure. In May, families will now receive an extra $300 dollars per child through the Canada Child Benefit to be used for anything from groceries to tutoring for children.

"To parents: I know this is a tough time to be raising kids", he said.

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