US, Canada extend border closure for 30 days, Trudeau says

US, Canada extend border closure for 30 days, Trudeau says

US, Canada extend border closure for 30 days, Trudeau says

The U.S. and Canada agreed last month to limit border crossings to essential travel amid the pandemic.

Dpa reports that the US and Canada have daily trade worth about $2billion.

These measures are expected to help 6,000 Indigenous-owned businesses get through the financial challenges that the pandemic is having on companies forced to close their doors or those suffering major drops in business due to public safety and physical distancing restrictions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said no changes have been made in the agreement, which was originally announced in March. "They hire people throughout the country".

He reiterated already-existing support programs such as the Canada Emergency Business Account, Employer Wage Subsidy, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

But officials in Canada have said it would still be a matter of weeks.

He also fielded questions about calls from the Conservatives for Parliament to reconvene Monday.

"Obviously it would be a very bad idea, given the current situation", Trudeau said. Under that proposal, Parliament would return to in-person sittings starting this Wednesday with a limited number of people in the chamber and virtual sittings would begin the following week on Tuesday, April 28.

"The provinces have jurisdiction over rents and the relationship between landlords and tenants, so we need to work with them, which is what we're doing".

"Canada and the United States have agreed to extend by another 30 days the border measures that are now in place", Trudeau said during televised remarks.

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