Ron McKinnon
Ron McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
COVID-19 Update | May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020

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New Measures to Support Workers, Students, and Businesses


Dear Neighbour, 

This week is Paramedic Services Week and is a time for us to celebrate and thank these exceptional frontline workers for their service and sacrifice, especially in the face of COVID-19. 

I hope you, your family and friends are keeping well and staying safe and continuing to adhere to all public health requirements and the advice of our provincial government as our province continues its incremental restart plan.

This email contains updates on: 


Annual Increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Last week our Prime Minister announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be increased again in July which will be in place for the 2020-21 benefit yet. The increase will raise the maximum benefit to $6,765 per child under age 6, and $5,708 per child aged 6 through 17.

On May 20, families currently receiving the CCB received an additional $300 per child with their May payment.


The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance is Now Open for Applications (CECRA)

Starting on May 25, eligible property owners in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam can now apply for the CECRA which offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to reduce rent for their impacted small business tenants and meet operating expenses on commercial properties. 

In order to manage volume, applicants are asked to apply in a staggered manner based on your province or territory. For property owners in British Columbia with up to 10 eligible tenantsMondays are the best day to apply while all other property owners in B.C. should apply on Thursday. 



Business Resilience Network 

The Business Resilience Network (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from all over Canada and receive guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small-to-medium-sized business  

The BRS program comes free of charges and can provide:

For more information visit:

To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to be connected with a business advisor from the accounting profession

The BRS is available 7 days/week from 5am-5pm PST


Additional support for Indigenous peoples living in urban centres and off reserve 

Our government has announced $75 million in funding for Indigenous organizations who are providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve 

This funding will support community-based projects addressing crucial needs of Indigenous populations during these challenging times, which include: 


Support for the Canadian Red Cross 

On May 16th our government committed up to $100 million in funding to help the Red Cross face increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and well as supporting future floods and wildlife relief efforts 

The funding will include up to $41 million to address urgent needs, with over $15 million in order to enhance response capacity and $25 million to support public health efforts 

This funding will allow the Red Cross to: 


Support for Research Staff in Canada

Our government is investing $450 million in funding to assist academic research in Canada during the COVid-19 pandemic. 

This funding will: 


Support for Canada’s Fish Harvesters 

 More information will be provided as it becomes available 


New online tool to help Canadians find financial help during COVID-19

Our government has launched a new online tool to help Canadians find financial help during COVID-19 and point you to the program details you are inquiring about.

This is a great resource to help connect you to the support you or our business is looking for. 

My team and I continue to work hard every day to respond to the needs and concerns of our community. We are still dealing with a high volume of urgent requests but are committed to responding to every constituent. 

We are also focused on ensuring that everyone has the most up-to-date information and that it is accessible. For daily updates, follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit my website.

Yours sincerely,


Ron McKinnon

Member of Parliament for Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam

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3278 Westwood Street Suite 101
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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