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Ottawa keeps lid on company names, dollar amounts in some COVID-19 contracts

The federal Liberals have given companies more than $5.8 billion in pandemic-related contracts for personal protective gear and medical supplies.

Ethics commissioner expands probe into Morneau over WE-sponsored travel expenses

The Opposition Conservatives called on the federal ethics watchdog today to widen his investigation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding his family's ties to WE Charity, as his finance minister faces an expanded examination of his own.

Child-care cash to help with urgent COVID-19 needs in sector, Hussen says

The federal minister in charge of the government's child-care agenda says the Liberals won't abandon the sector once urgent, pandemic-related funding runs out before the end of the economic fallout from COVID-19. 

Liberals review rollout of social finance fund to combat pandemic fallout

The federal government is taking a second look at how quickly it will dole out hundreds of millions in help to social services looking to tap into new sources of capital, particularly as COVID-19 dries up traditional donations.

Statistics Canada analysis suggests small hit to inflation from pandemic

Statistics Canada says Canadians' buying patterns changed so much during the COVID-19 pandemic that its measure of consumer inflation went a little wobbly.

Canada not ready for second wave of COVID-19, Senate committee says

Canada is ill-prepared for a second wave of COVID-19, says a Senate committee, calling on the federal Liberals to deliver a plan by Labour Day to help people and communities hit hardest by the pandemic. 

Companies that laid off workers due to COVID tell Bank of Canada they plan to rehire this year

Companies that have laid off workers are telling the Bank of Canada they plan to refill some positions over the next year, but many hiring plans remain muted over COVID-19-related uncertainty.

Many new moms struggling after losing jobs to pandemic

Alexis Adams is joyful about the arrival of her third daughter but she is also concerned about how to pay for another maternity leave that is, like her daughter, barely a week old.

Federal deficit likely now at $260 billion due to COVID-19, PBO says

Parliament's spending watchdog says the estimated deficit for the year has likely risen to about $260 billion, leaving the government with little fiscal firepower to stimulate an economic rebound. 

Federal deficit could top $252 billion, says budget officer

Parliament's budget watchdog says it's likely the federal deficit for the year will hit $252.1 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expectant mothers to get financial help following omission: Qualtrough

Expectant mothers who have been left out of a key COVID-19 emergency-aid program will receive financial help, and will qualify for federal benefits when they go on maternity leave, says Canada's employment minister. 

As millions of workers apply for help, mothers-to-be say they can't get CERB

Nearly one month ago, Effie Poole was laid off from her job as a server when the restaurant she worked at in Burlington, Ont., closed due to COVID-19. 

Aging government computer systems at risk of 'critical failure,' Trudeau warned

Newly released briefing notes for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describe the dire state of federal computer systems, which deliver billions in benefits and are on the precipice of collapse.

Liberals' changes to summer-jobs program caused confusion, documents show

A massive spike in incomplete applications for the federal government's signature summer-jobs program last year has officials revising the forms and guides that explain how to get the money.

Auditor General reviewing federal government's handling of student loans program

Canada's auditor general is examining how the government manages billions of dollars in the Canada Student Loans program, and whether it's helping students be smarter about their financial decisions, newly disclosed documents show.

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