Employment Insurance In Canada Extended With New Benefit Program Of $2KA Month

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

Help is on the way for people who need money during this pandemic.

"We're working on flights from Panama, Tunisia, Ukraine, in addition to the flights we've already announced from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Spain", said Trudeau.

He later amended his post to say he had no objection to same-day passage of the relief measures provided MPs had enough time to read and understand the bill.

The restrictions introduced across Canada to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place for as long as people choose them to be, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this morning (March 24).

The federal government decided the best way to support Canadians who are out of work, sick, supporting loved ones or in isolation due to the novel coronavirus is to have one emergency benefit - the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

Morneau said more than 2,000 CRA workers are being redeployed to help get the employment benefits flowing. The government then estimates it will take 10 days for approved applicants to start receiving their money.

"If you lost your job because of COVID-19 whether you're full time, contract or self-employed, this new benefit will be there for you", he said.

More than a million people signed up for unemployment benefits in the last week.

As a way of dealing with the growing number of people applying for employment insurance, the federal government has shifted workers to boost the teams processing applications by 13,000 people.

"They just need to say, 'we can't pay you during this time period.' And when that happens, there is a direct wage subsidy to people, to employees so that they can actually live their lives", he said.

He also said that one of the goals of the new benefit is to ensure that it's dependable.

Trudeau said the controversial clause in the bill would be nixed, but continued to press for capabilities to respond quickly to new developments in the spread of the virus.

The federal government is widely expected to come up with some sort of aid package to the airline industry and energy sector, following its spending and tax measures announced last week. It includes giving immediate assistance to all Canadians in the form of $2,000 per adult and $250 per child, along with fixing EI by changing the requirements for it.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer met with Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau for the first time since the election on November 12.

Morneau will also have to report regularly on the actions taken under the certain new powers he has been granted and within 30 sitting days of the resumption of regular sittings of the House, the government will have to table a comprehensive report of all activities taken under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act.

"It didn't meet all of the demands we had made, but certainly met the majority of them", they said.

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