Trudeau government's CERB payments to end this coming fall

Marco Green
August 3, 2020

Canada rolled out the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to offer broad support to the millions of Canadians who lost their jobs amid coronavirus shutdowns.

The government is promising a parallel, transitional benefit with EI-like components for those who can't yet - "and I emphasize yet", said Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough - get into the EI system. As some of the recipients of the benefit will lose their eligibility come the end of August, they will be redirected to employment benefits, while those that do not qualify will receive some form of a stipend in the meantime.

Student "volunteers" were to be paid $10 an hour - set by the Trudeau government, according to WE - to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours of work.

Trudeau promised that "no one will be left behind" as the $80-billion pandemic relief program wraps up this fall. Officials have been working on revamping the program since the crisis started in mid-March.

Motor vehicle and auto sales contributed the most to the retail growth.

There will be no increase to EI premiums during this time, he noted. That figure beat expectations, and a further sign of optimism was a preliminary estimate of five per cent growth in June, which will be finalized next month.

The Bank of Canada's most recent economic outlook expected the second quarter of 2020 to be worse than the first, estimating a three-month drop in GDP of 14.6 per cent. As of June, nearly 40% of the 3 million lost jobs due to the pandemic have been recovered.

"Over 700,000 employees have benefitted from the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance - people who've been able to keep their jobs because of the help businesses got through this program".

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