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

PM Trudeau warns of COVID-19 emergency benefit 'scam'

PM Trudeau warns of COVID-19 emergency benefit 'scam'

"We have been in discussions with the United States on this", he told a news conference, without giving details.

Workers who can't work for nearly any reason related to COVID-19, including staying home to look after others, the need to quarantine or self-isolate, or because their employers have closed or reduced business and can't offer them as many or any shifts.

Following approval by the House of Commons, they were adopted by the Senate.

Trudeau confirmed on Thursday that Canadian officials had discussed the possibility of militarization at the border with USA counterparts.

"An application portal will launch as quickly as possible, and people should start receiving money within 10 days of applying", Trudeau said.

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An emergency federal bill to give the government billions of dollars to spend to help anxious workers, families and employers cope with COVID-19 is now law.

Trudeau was set to receive the latest modelling from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Wednesday on the evolution of the virus and he vowed to share what he could, saying Canadians "deserve the best information we've got about what's happening today and what tomorrow might bring, because otherwise the uncertainty can be really tough".

When the Liberals unveiled their response package, they proposed two benefits, one to flow through the employment insurance system and another for those who don't qualify for EI benefits, such as being self-employed workers. "At the same time as we are looking, on our end, at making credit more available and less expensive for Canadians to be able to make it through the next few months". If their EI benefits end before October 3, they could apply for the CERB once their EI benefits cease, if they are unable to return to work.

"The focus on credit, outside of mortgages to individual clients, has been the deferral of credit payments, which is I think the right way to go", Mr. Dodig said. "The way that we need to move forward is to provide support that will actually allow us to ensure that people have the capacity to be furloughed from their place of work, exactly like is the case in the United Kingdom".

"There aren't faster ways to get money into Canadians hands", said Morneau.

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