Trudeau announces eight-week extension to CERB

Paola Ditto
Giugno 16, 2020

At a June 15 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) could be extended for residents who cannot go back to work just yet.

The CERB-related elements were created to address concerns the benefit was discouraging people from returning to work.

Canadians were able to access the $2,000-a-month benefit for 16 weeks, and millions are about to hit the maximum number of weeks they can claim, but still don't have jobs. The CERB eligibility of millions of Canadians who were put out of work early in the pandemic will expire on July 4.

The Liberal government tried last week to pass a bill that would change CERB as part of broader legislation that would have also expanded benefits for Canadians with disabilities.

On moving forward on measures when it comes to systemic discrimination, Trudeau said ending mandatory minimum sentences is one suggestion the government is looking at.

Last week the federal government announced it will now allow some immediate family members separated by the temporary COVID-19 travel restrictions to cross the border into the country. Several million Canadians are still receiving benefit payments. "We will continue to help Canadians and to be there for them". "I will leave government to the job of presenting their plan". We'll have more details later this week. If the company can repay the balance of the loan by the end of 2022, up to $10,000 will be forgiven.

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos said on Monday that so far, approximately 670,000 businesses have applied for these loans, which amounts to more than $26 billion in credit being made available. The program buys surplus food from farmers and uses it to help people in need across the country. Applications for the program open today.

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