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Canada adds more jobs than expected in July; most were part-time positions

07 Aug 2020

OTTAWA Canada added 418,500 jobs in July, though the vast majority were part-time positions, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.9% as the economy continued to reopen from COVID-19 closures, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

UPDATE 2-Canada's imports, exports jump in June on auto sector

05 Aug 2020

OTTAWA, Aug 5 Canada's imports and exports jumped sharply in June on the automobile sector's recovery, though a slower gain in exports led the trade deficit to unexpectedly balloon to C$3.19 billion ($2.41 billion).

Canada extends travel ban to August 31, launches COVID-19 contact tracing app

01 Aug 2020

OTTAWA Canada on Friday extended a measure barring most foreign travelers from entering the country and launched a new contact tracing app as part of its fight to control the "gate-crashing" coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE 2-Canada to transition people off COVID-19 emergency benefits in September

01 Aug 2020

OTTAWA, July 31 Canada will start transitioning people off its main emergency income support program and onto traditional unemployment benefits in September, the government said Friday, as the country looks to wind down the costly COVID-19 aid plan.

Canada to transition people off emergency benefits soon- PM Trudeau

31 Jul 2020

OTTAWA, July 31 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the government will transition people on its main emergency income support program over to traditional unemployment benefits, as the government looks to wind down costly COVID-19 aid.

Canada launches COVID-19 contact tracing app as restrictions loosen

31 Jul 2020

OTTAWA, July 31 Canada on Friday launched a nation-wide contact tracing app to help inform Canadians when they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, part of a broader effort to contain the virus as businesses and public spaces reopen across the country.

Canada second-quarter GDP likely to fall record 12% on COVID-19 shutdowns

31 Jul 2020

OTTAWA Canada's GDP is likely to plunge by a record 12% in the second quarter, Statistics Canada said in flash estimate on Friday, even as activity rose in May and June as COVID-19 containment measures were loosened.

Canada tightens border rules for travelers headed to Alaska

30 Jul 2020

OTTAWA, July 30 Canada is tightening its rules for foreign travelers who must transit through the country to get to Alaska, the government said on Thursday, after several U.S. citizens were fined by police for making detours to sightsee.

Stigma and fear: Canada struggles with COVID-19 outbreak on Hutterite colonies

30 Jul 2020

OTTAWA Canada is struggling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak among a highly private religious group that lives in tight-knit colonies and eschews mainstream society for a more traditional agrarian lifestyle.

Canada wage subsidy changes would encourage companies to rehire

24 Jul 2020

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 23 Canadian businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic might be able to rehire more workers now that the government has broadened an emergency federal wage subsidy, industry groups and economists say.

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