March 24, 2020 - Minister Compton speaks with local accounting firms
Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Darlene Compton today spoke with Michelle Burge, from MRSB, Blair Dunn from Grant Thornton, Brian Cameron from Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis, and Jennifer Dunn from BDO to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to their sector.
Ms. Burge advised the group that there are challenges in the changing model of working remotely from home, and all agreed that there is increased anxiety being felt by clients and staff due to uncertainty of COVID-19.
All agreed that mental health was a primary concern as employees continue to adhere to the direction of the Chief Public Health Officer by remaining at home, and Minister Compton advised of the mental health resources still available through Health PEI.
Ms. Dunn discussed the programs available for Islanders and Island businesses, and noted concerns that the COVID-19 situation may take away from upcoming capital projects. Minister Compton informed the group that, as government continues to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, capital projects will continue to be very important in the coming months to support the many sectors in our province, Island workers and the provincial economy.
Minister Compton advised the group of the province's ongoing response efforts, including daily briefings from the Chief Public Health Officer, and the hard work of the special cabinet committees to ensured the needs of Islanders are being addressed during these unprecedented times.
Ms. Dunn brought up the concerns for the primary industries and the need for temporary foreign workers, which were echoed by the group. Minister Compton brought up her discussion with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the recent announcement by the Federal Government that will allow temporary foreign workers to enter Canada with the caveat that the onus is on the employer to ensure that they self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into the country.
Islanders with questions about COVID-19 should call PEI’s toll-free information line at 1-800-958-6400. The information line is taking messages 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and Islanders who leave messages will receive a call back within 24 hours from the Chief Public Health Office.
Islanders returning from domestic or international travel should immediately self-isolate for 14 days. Individuals experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days of travel should call 8-1-1 to be screened and, if necessary, directed for testing.
Those requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1.