Statement by Premier King on extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King issued the following statement on the federal government’s extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:
“Since the beginning of the world-wide pandemic we have been responsive in our efforts to help Islanders – individuals, families, businesses and sectors – navigate the impacts of COVID-19. We have put in place meaningful programs and supports, and we have worked with the federal government to ensure our collective response efforts meet the needs of Islanders.
Yesterday, I was pleased to see Prime Minister Trudeau announce an extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until December, a program that I have been advocating to remain in place beyond the end of August. I was able to share my appreciation on behalf of our business community and their employees with Deputy Prime Minister Freeland during a call earlier today.
As a province that relies on small business, tourism and the export industry, this program continues to provide meaningful wage support to our employer community, especially small businesses, that has been deeply affected by COVID-19. Island businesses are doing their very best to maintain their employees during these challenging economic times. It is because of our business community and hard-working Islanders that Prince Edward Island was in a strong economic situation prior to the onset of the pandemic, and we will continue to be there for them during these unprecedented times.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier