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MP Strahl Provides Federal Updates on COVID-19

Chilliwack – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope is providing federal updates to constituents on the evolving COVID-19 situation.

“Every day there is more information coming to light about the need to act, both individually and collectively, to give ourselves the best chance at managing the threat that the COVID-19 virus presents,” stated MP Strahl.By taking appropriate actions now we give ourselves the best chance of being able to manage the impacts of the virus on Canadians. Please take the appropriate precautions and always follow the advice of public health officials as you make decisions for yourself and your loved ones during the coming weeks.”


Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced new financial supports for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This plan includes targeted measures to address immediate challenges faced by workers and businesses alike. It is designed to provide supports to people who are sick or in isolation, have lost their jobs or experienced a significant reduction in work income, and support people and businesses experiencing financial hardship because of the outbreak.

To learn more about benefits you may be entitled to, please visit:


Employment Insurance Update re: COVID-19

The federal government has established a phone line dedicated to inquiries regarding EI claims related to COVID-19.

Questions related to EI and COVID-19 can be directed to this line for assistance and information:


This is a dedicated line for those looking to apply for EI benefits because:

  1. You have had to self-isolate and cannot work
  2. You are an employee or employer looking to apply for financial support through the EI Work-sharing program, or;
  3. You have been laid off due to COVID-19.

For more details, please visit:

Travel Update re: COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Canada-US border will be closed to all non-essential travel in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

An official global travel advisory is in effect: Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Canadian citizens currently traveling outside of Canada should return as soon as possible. Canadians who are travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 1 613-996-8885 or email

For travellers arriving in Canada

Federal and provincial public health leaders have recommended that all travellers returning to Canada self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. These efforts will contribute to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

For more details, please visit:

“As your Member of Parliament, I am committed to providing you with frequent updates as the situation evolves and as new information becomes available,” concluded MP Strahl.

MP Strahl will provide regular updates to his social media pages and website at: