Ottawa, ON – In his daily address to the nation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced that the Canada – US border will likely be shut by the weekend. This means that all travel by air, land, and sea will be halted, with the exception of the transportation of goods.
“We are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement between Canada, the United States. I think it’s almost there. My understanding is that the measures will probably come into place in the night between Friday and Saturday, so in about a day and a half,” Trudeau said.
While addressing the nation, Trudeau acknowledged that Canadians across the country have seen significant changes in their lives due to the virus. “I know it’s also a lot to take in,” Trudeau said, going over the research, treatments, and supports the government is working on.
“There’s no doubt, these are uncertain times. But no matter what happens next, we can count on each other,” Trudeau said.
With the number of confirmed Canadian cases continuing to rise, and citizens slowly adjust to the reality of necessary self-isolation and social distancing, there is growing pressure to see the promised financial assistance reach Canadians’ bank accounts as quickly as possible, to allow people to continue to heed public health advice without fear of being unable to make ends meet.
The government is promising the funds should accessible within the coming days.
As of Thursday morning, there are 727 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Canada.