May 12, 2020 / 2:25 PM / 16 days ago

Canada to give seniors one-time payment to help with coronavirus costs

OTTAWA, May 12 (Reuters) - Canada will give seniors living on a fixed income a one-time payment ranging from C$300 ($215) to C$500 to help deal with increased costs linked to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday.

Seniors Minister Deb Schulte told a briefing that the tax-free payments - which will help 6.7 million people - are designed to offset higher prices for food and services. The total value of the program is C$2.5 billion. (Reporting by David Ljunggren)

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