Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Liberals Rejig Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Liberals Rejig Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference to give an update from self isolation at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa to give an update on the government's response to COVID-19 outbreaks on March 17, 2020.

It combines the Emergency Care Benefit (10 billion Canadian dollars) and Emergency Support Benefit (5 billion Canadian dollars) into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and will provide workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with 2,000 Canadian dollars (about 1400 USA dollars) per month for the upcoming four months.

Trudeau announced they are creating a new program called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and that an application portal is being launched as quickly as possible.

The demand was tying up the phone line and creating frustration, he said. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these hard times while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

"If you lost your job because of COVID-19 but are full-time, contract or self-employed, this new benefit will be there for you". "That means more money will go directly to people right across the country", he added.

He also said that one of the goals of the new benefit is to ensure that it's dependable. "We need to make sure we are getting that money out quickly but also reliantly".

The benefit is $2,000 a month for four months.

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"Help is on the way", Trudeau said.

Bill George, chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association, says workable safety rules need to be developed for migrant farm workers.

Meanwhile, the government's efforts to help stranded Canadians get home continue.

Because of the stark increase in community transmission, "the total number of cases are nearly now an equal mix between travellers who were exposed to the virus outside of Canada and their close contacts, as well as cases that were exposed in the community setting in Canada", said Tam.

Advocates and front-line workers say the COVID-19 pandemic could explode within Toronto's homeless population. If their EI benefits end before October 3, 2020, they could apply for the CERB once their EI benefits cease, if they are unable to return to work due to COVID-19. The board's role is to make recommendations to the CRA on "whether a journalism organization meets certain criteria" to qualify for new tax relief measures.

"It means we are entirely funding this through the federal government".

"We don't know any of these things", he said.

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