Stratford News Feds increase COVID-19 aid package by $25-billion SHARE ON: Wendy Gray, staff Wednesday, Mar. 25th, 2020 (Supplied by Pixabay) Canada is increasing the money it is giving to Canadians. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced another $25-billion in direct aid for citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s up from the $27-billion that was promised. The money should start to flow by April 6th. In addition to the already mentioned $55-billion in tax deferrals, this brings the total amount of the Canadian Emergency Relief Package to $107- billion. Morneau says Canada is taking a very appropriate and significant approach in response to the challenges faced by Canadians today.