For a country ripped apart in recent years by Brexit and the anti-immigrant movement that birthed it, the deaths of the eight doctors — from Egypt, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan — attest to the extraordinary dependence of Britain’s treasured health service on workers from abroad. It is a story tinged with racism, as white, British doctors have largely dominated the prestigious disciplines while foreign doctors have typically found work in places and practices that are apparently putting them on the dangerous front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. >> COVID-19-related; Health care
A $25-billion federal loan program for small business is ready to launch but the government and opposition parties are at odds over legislative plans to pass separate wage subsidies for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s largest banks will start taking applications for no-interest loans of up to $40,000 for small businesses starting on April 9, 2020.>> COVID-19-related.
The Province of Ontario is now actively recruiting healthcare workers, including retired and internationally educated professionals in the fight against coronavirus, in an attempt to boost frontline capacity at hospitals, clinics and assessment centres. A new online portal called Health Workforce Matching Portal will help match health care professionals including students and volunteers with suitable experience with potential employers. >> Health care; COVID-19-related.
The federal government is looking at ways to speed-up the introduction of skills-training help for out-of-work Canadians... The training help was scheduled to arrive at the end of the year in the form of an annual tax credit and time off through the employment insurance system for workers that wanted to upgrade their skills, or learn something new to help their job hunt… Now, the conversations have turned to how to use the economic shutdown from COVID-19 as a catalyst to speed up the training benefit’s introduction, says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. >> COVID-19-related.
International medical graduates who've passed their exams to practise in Canada, or have graduated from school in the past two years, can now apply for a supervised 30-day medical licence in Ontario to help fight COVID-19. Provision covering licences was triggered last month, but few have applied so far. >> COVID-19-related; Health care.
“In 2018, there were about 300 immigrant healthcare professionals that moved to Calgary. About 70 of those were physicians and nearly half of them came from a refugee background,” he said. “Right now there is a shortage of doctors across Canada. We have one of the lowest doctor-to-population ratios in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but there’s opportunities to reconsider how we’re licensing immigrant doctors.” >> Health care; COVID-19-related
Long-time workers in the industry say when this is all over, the food service industry will have drastically changed in ways both good and bad. Many restaurants, especially small ones owned by chefs or families, will have closed, impacting their suppliers as well. But workers hope some of the vulnerabilities of their industry will be remedied. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.
Bruce County’s effort to turn librarians into nursing-home aides is just one example of the ways governments and the owners of long-term care and retirement facilities are scrambling to find extra staff as the new coronavirus sweeps through homes for seniors, sickening some front-line caregivers and frightening others away. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Personal care.
As restaurants, bars and other businesses shut their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, laying off tens of thousands of people, there are other industries in the city looking to hire workers — and they're not just retail and cashier jobs. >> COVID-19-related; Accounting and finance; IT (Information technology); Retail
Around the country, foreign-trained doctors and nurses and other health-care professionals, many with expertise in epidemiology, practise in resource-scare situations and experience in the Canadian health-care system, are petitioning provincial governments, offering their services and waiting to be able to contribute in the nation’s hour of need. >> Health care; COVID-19-related