The tax measures introduced a year ago include allowing QCJOs to transform into tax-exempt non-profit organizations, which can raise tax-deductible donations from individuals; providing refundable tax credits on labour costs associated with producing original news; and providing a temporary, non-refundable tax credit for "qualifying subscribers of eligible digital news media".
Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB.
"The hard truth is that people are out of work because of this crisis and worry about what comes next", he said.
Once that portal launches, said Trudeau, people should start receiving money within 10 days of applying.
"It's not that we didn't want it to happen in the month of April but the capacity is not there to deliver in that time frame", he told the Senate, answering questions as the bill headed for approval.
The PMO declined to comment on the Conservatives' description of the negotiations when contacted by iPolitics on Wednesday and instead referred to a comment from Finance Minister Bill Morneau earlier in the day in which he said extraordinary challenges necessitate extraordinary measures.More news: Valve announces Half-Life: Alyx will launch on March 23
Both chambers were recalled for the debates, as both had been suspended until the week of April 20.
Though as Morneau noted on Wednesday the $27 billion that was already announced received a $52 billion boost, bringing the overall aid passed through the legislation to $107 billion. Our govt is doing whatever it takes to help.
The Conservatives and the NDP said the lack of oversight by Parliament was unacceptable.
The Tory source said the Conservatives still take issue with Section 8, which grants the government spending powers until September 30 to any entity it deems necessary, adding the party sought more clarity around this provision.
At a news conference, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said his party supports the Can$82 billion (US$57 billion) in aid to help Canadians through this pandemic - including almost one million who have been laid off following temporary closure orders given to many businesses.
In a near-unanimous vote on Wednesday, the minority Liberal government and opposition parties in Parliament passed an aid package bill worth $107 billion to help Canadian families and businesses cope with the economic and financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.More news: World Health Organization warns against ending coronavirus lockdowns too early
A $300 top-up for each child under the Canada Child Benefit and an increase in GST rebates can't go out until May, Morneau said.
Officials ordered returning travelers to obey a 14-day quarantine or face fines and criminal charges.
Morneau said many times this bill is really just the first step to keep Canadians and the economy as healthy as possible in the midst of a crisis nobody has ever seen before.
The truth is, we don't know yet. "There is nothing regular about what we are facing".
It also gives the federal ministers of health and finance the power to approve spending "all money required to do anything" to deal with a public health emergency.
The restrictions introduced across Canada to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place for as long as people choose them to be, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this morning (March 24). "But here's what we do know", Trudeau said during his daily address.More news: COVID-19: Total of 617 cases in BC; 13 deaths