The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
Yukon officials say they do not have the space or staff to accommodate a full-time return to class for students in grades 10 to 12 in Whitehorse.
Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee says current health and safety guidelines to fight COVID-19 would require classes in multiple locations other than schools and the territory would have to hire up to 60 more people.
She says students will remain on a modified schedule for the rest of the school year.
Yukon’s chief medical health officer Dr. Brendan Hanley says students will now have to maintain a one-metre distance from each other in classrooms and masks will not will be not just recommended but required in common areas including hallways, cafeterias, libraries and corridors.
Yukon reports no current cases of COVID-19.
Manitoba health officials are reporting 383 new cases of COVID-19, five additional deaths and a record number of people in hospital with the coronavirus.
The province says 207 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, 30 of them in intensive care.
Manitoba’s recent surge of cases has prompted the government to impose a wide range of restrictions, including the closure of in-store shopping at non-essential retail outlets, that will take effect Thursday.
Quebec Premier François Legault says he’s maintaining partial lockdown orders affecting most of the province until at least Nov. 23.
Legault said today the slight uptick in daily infections across the province justifies keeping bars, gyms, entertainment venues and restaurant dining areas closed across most of Quebec.
He says while Montreal and Quebec City are stable, the situation in five regions — including Saguenay and Lanaudière — are especially worrying.
The premier is also warning managers of long-term care homes they will be held responsible if they cannot keep COVID-19 outbreaks under control inside their residences.
Prince Edward Island is reporting one new case of COVID-19.
The new case is a woman in her 20s who is a close contact of a previously identified case.
Health officials say the province now has three active cases and all three people are self-isolating and experiencing mild symptoms.
Prince Edward Island has had 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, and all have been travel-related.
Public health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are advising rotational workers in the province about an outbreak at the Seymour Pacific Developments work site in Manitoba.
Officials say any workers from the province returning from the site must self-isolate away from family members for a full 14 days upon arrival.
Public health authorities also say the source of a COVID-19 infection announced Sunday is still under investigation.
Newfoundland and Labrador has seven active cases of COVID-19, with 297 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic.
The Manitoba government is forcing non-essential stores to close and banning social gatherings in an effort to stop a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Starting Thursday, non-essential retail outlets will be limited to curbside pickup and delivery, and churches will not have in-person gatherings.
Social gatherings with anyone other than household members will be forbidden, and restaurants, museums, theatres and recreational activities must close.
Schools will remain open as the province’s chief public health officer says officials are not seeing much transmission within schools.
Premier Brian Pallister says the province is at a critical point in its fight against the virus.
Manitoba leads all provinces in per-capita active cases.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand says her department is searching for suppliers that can help find a way to physically distribute doses of a future COVID-19 vaccine to provinces and territories.
She says the logistics of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine are complex, especially given the need to transport and store the doses at specific temperatures.
She says Ottawa is moving quickly to ensure that when a vaccine is ready, so is Canada.
Anand also says the federal government has signed a new agreement with Ontario company Becton, Dickinson to receive about 7.6 million rapid antigen tests.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is begging provincial governments to ask for more help if they need it to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says cases are surging across the country, and he insists that no leader should loosen anti-pandemic restrictions because they’re worried about the economic impact of keeping those restrictions.
Trudeau says that’s how we end up with a worse pandemic, more people sick and more businesses harmed.
The federal government is spending $61 million more for anti-COVID-19 efforts on First Nations in Manitoba, which are seeing sharp increases in cases.
The British Columbia body that has the power to set and enforce workplace health and safety standards is stepping up COVID-19 inspections in two regions where cases of the virus are spiking.
WorkSafeBC says it will conduct enhanced COVID-19 inspections at workplaces in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions — covering the central and south coasts, Fraser Valley and all of Metro Vancouver.
Priority inspections will happen at workplaces where it is difficult to maintain physical distance, where large numbers of people interact, and where workers share surfaces, tools and equipment.
B.C. recorded five deaths and 998 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with close to 4,900 active infections.
But of the nearly 19,000 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic, data shows fewer than 10 per cent have been reported outside the Fraser or Vancouver Coastal health regions.
Quebec is reporting 1,162 new COVID-19 infections and 38 more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, nine of which occurred in the past 24 hours.
Health officials said today hospitalizations decreased by six, to 534, but 82 people were in intensive care, a rise of six patients.
The province says 981 more people have recovered from the disease, for a total of 99,721.
Quebec has reported 117,151 COVID-19 cases and 6,493 deaths linked to the virus.
Ontario is reporting a record high of 1,388 new COVID-19 cases today, and 15 new deaths due to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 520 cases are in Toronto, 395 in Peel Region, and 100 in York Region.
Elliott says there are also 72 new cases in Halton Region and 50 in Niagara Region.
The province says it has conducted 29,125 tests since the last daily report.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2020.
Canadians now owe more than $2 trillion, Equifax says – CBC.ca
Consumer demand for credit intensified in the third quarter, driven chiefly by increases in mortgage balances and new auto loans, according to data released Monday by credit reporting agency Equifax.
Mortgage balances and new auto loans were up 6.6 per cent and 11.7 per cent year over year, respectively, according to Equifax. Overall average consumer debt increased 3.3 per cent compared with the third quarter of last year.
Rebecca Oakes, assistant vice-president of advanced analytics at Equifax Canada, said in an interview that growth in mortgages last quarter was especially high, with the largest increase among people under 35. That trend comes even as economic fallout from the pandemic and associated lockdown measures hit young people especially hard.
“In terms of new mortgages, that could be refinancing, or it could be brand-new, first-time home buyers or it could be people moving house,” Oakes said. “That was actually the highest value that we’ve seen ever.”
The increased demand for auto loans in the third quarter could have been a result of pent-up demand from people who had to wait to buy cars later in the year, Oakes said.
Total debt $2 trillion
The figures in Equifax’s report are drawn from banks and other lenders that provide data to the credit rating agency.
Equifax pegged total consumer debt at $2.04 trillion, while Statistics Canada reported in June that household debt had reached $2.3 trillion, with $1.77 in debt for every dollar of household disposable income.
More than three million consumers have chosen to use payment deferral programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Equifax. Since the start of this year, some banks have offered consumers the option to suspend their loan payments for several months, in recognition of the financial strain the pandemic has created for many households.
However, under the payment deferral programs, interest continues to accrue during the months for which payments are suspended.
The percentage of balances where credit users have missed three or more payments was at its lowest level since 2014, with deferral programs likely masking the true delinquency rates, according to Oakes.
Canada added over 6,000 new coronavirus cases each day since Friday, new data shows – Global News
Canada is now adding new coronavirus infections at a rate over three times what was seen during the first peak of the pandemic in May, new data reveals, as the country ends a particularly brutal month of rising cases and deaths.
The country saw 6,103 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, after the daily number inched closer to the 6,000-mark throughout the previous week.
But weekend data reported by British Columbia on Monday also raised the daily totals for Saturday and Sunday even further past that threshold. Saturday marked a new daily record of 6,488 infections, while Sunday brought another 6,195.
Those cases now bring the national total to 377,806 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 299,972 are considered to be recovered, while another 2,545 patients are currently in hospital.
Canada’s death toll also rose to 12,130 after 66 new deaths were reported Monday. Another 32 deaths over the weekend in B.C. further added to the total.
November has been a particularly sobering month for the pandemic, as cases and deaths continued to climb despite new restrictions and other efforts from public health officials.
Roughly 140,000 people tested positive over the past 30 days — almost twice the number of new cases in October. It took from the start of the pandemic until mid-September for the country to confirm its first 140,000 cases.
Almost 2,000 people also died of complications from COVID-19 in November. While not as deadly as the first spring peak when roughly 150 people were dying daily, deaths have been steadily climbing along with infections.
The federal government closed the month by providing an update on the country’s economy, which pegged the current deficit projections at $382 billion this fiscal year and confirmed the government plans to issue a formal budget next year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada’s economic recovery will likely not begin until “deep into 2021,” but few details on how that recovery will be achieved were revealed Monday.
Freeland told the House of Commons the federal deficit likely won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2026, due to expected extensive spending on social programs and continued economic restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
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In the meantime, health officials are urging everyone to do their part and follow those restrictions into next year, as Canada and the rest of the world anxiously awaits the arrival of a vaccine.
“As with our last effort to bend the curve, and more so now, this is not going to be a quick solution but a test of our determination and endurance,” Canada’s chief medical health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement.
“While now is not the time to gather, we can take comfort in knowing that the sacrifices we are making today are for our tomorrow.
Ontario and Quebec, which have each been reporting over 1,000 daily cases for weeks, announced 1,746 and 1,333 new infections Monday, respectively. Quebec also reported another 23 new deaths, while officials announced eight more people have died in Ontario since Sunday.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba each reported over 300 new cases. Thirteen more deaths were also announced in the two Prairie provinces, with two in Saskatchewan and 11 in Manitoba.
Alberta nearly matched Ontario’s daily case total with 1,733 new infections, setting a new daily record, along with eight additional deaths. The province continues to lead the country in active cases, with officials warning hospitals are being pushed to their limits.
Stress, defiance rise along with COVID-19 cases, restrictions
In B.C., 596 new cases and 14 more deaths were reported Monday, while officials also revealed over 700 new cases were added both Saturday and Sunday. Another 277 historical cases from earlier in November were also added.
In Atlantic Canada, six new cases were reported in New Brunswick while Nova Scotia announced 16 more people had tested positive.
One new case was also reported in Newfoundland and Labrador, which on Monday further tightened its border to travellers after leaving the Atlantic travel bubble last week. Starting Tuesday, all essential travellers will have to submit a form and obtain a reference number to show border officials when they arrive.
Two of the three territories also saw new cases Monday, with Yukon adding one and Nunavut reporting four.
Nunavut is planning to lift its two-week lockdown on Wednesday, as the number of active cases has finally started to trend downward after an explosion in cases this month.
The pandemic has now infected over 63.1 million people around the world and killed more than 1.46 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
— With files from Global’s Amanda Connolly
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Canadians offer mixed confidence in government's vaccine rollout: Nanos survey – CTV News
Just one in six Canadians are confident in the federal government’s rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine once one becomes available, according to the latest data from Nanos Research.
The survey, commissioned by CTV News and released on Monday, asked 1,096 Canadians how confident they are that the government has a “a well organized plan to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to Canadians as quickly as possible” and found that just 16 per cent of respondents said they are “confident,” while another 40 per cent said they are “somewhat confident.”
“It’s very early in this process and I think until we actually see more details and there’s more meat on the bone, I expect (the vaccine rollout is) still going to be a bit of a question mark for many Canadians,” Nik Nanos, the chair of Nanos Research, told CTV’s Power Play.
When broken down regionally, respondents from Quebec offered the most confidence, with 73 per cent of respondents indicating that they are either confident or somewhat confident, while respondents in the Prairies had the least confidence, with 29 per cent indicating they are “not confident” in the vaccine rollout.
On Monday, Moderna Inc. said its testing shows that their COVID-19 vaccine is 94 per cent effective. The company is currently under a “rolling review” process with Health Canada, but has already asked for a emergency use approval in the United States and Europe.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin to lead Canada’s vaccine rollout, with the goal of immunizing half of Canadians by September 2021.
Nanos says that substantial details in the fiscal update about the vaccine rollout will go a long way towards curbing any skepticism from Canadians.
“Anything said relating to the funding of vaccines, the logistics of vaccines, the distribution, the role that the federal government’s going to take working with provinces, is probably going to be very well met, but if they don’t talk about those things, it’s just going to create a greater level uncertainty about the future,” he said.
With files from The Associated Press
Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land-and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,096 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between November 26th and 29th, 2020 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online. The sample included both land-and cell-lines across Canada. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.
Individuals were randomly called using random digit dialing with a maximum of five call backs.
The margin of error for this survey is ±3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
This study was commissioned by CTV News and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.
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