(Ottawa) Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is due to answer questions from senators on Thursday looking at the government’s latest emergency business aid.
Mme Freeland is due to appear in the afternoon before the Senate National Finance Committee, which is analyzing Bill C-9, which includes emergency measures.
The House of Commons agreed last week to pass the bill quickly, but it will not be official until the Senate approves it.
C-9 would extend the emergency wage subsidy until next summer, in addition to expanding a popular business loan program.
The bill also includes a reform of the commercial rent assistance program, which has been widely criticized because the original version required the application to be made by landlords, who did not rush to the doors of the federal government to help. their tenants in difficulty.
It also offers help for businesses whose revenues have fallen due to local measures, such as the lockdown currently imposed in parts of the country due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.