CERB Has Ended, New EI Program Taking its Place

Marco Green
September 29, 2020

CERB has already cost $80 billion since it was introduced at the start of the pandemic. "However, for most people now, the benefits are the same, if not better".

"People who are anxious about getting sick in this pandemic will now know when this legislation passes, that there will be paid sick leave for them", he said.

The government did not provide a cost estimate for the new benefits on Thursday.

A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.

The Liberals are proposing to increase the value of benefits for unemployed workers to $500 a week under newly tabled legislation that lands days before aid runs out for millions.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government provided Canadians with the support they need to continue to make ends meet while staying safe".

As announced on August 20, temporary measures to help Canadians access EI benefits more easily are effective September 27, 2020, for one year. He said Thursday he was pleased the government was boosting the benefit.

"We're very optimistic about the outcome of these negotiations, things are looking good". "For a lot of people, CERB wasn't enough, $2,000 a month isn't a lot to live on, but I think we'd all be surprised if we don't see an effect on the economy", said Toronto-based personal financial educator Kelley Keehn.

Now, she, like millions of others, will lose the payments as the CERB winds down starting this weekend. We are continuing to support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery with these new Benefits.

Small businesses across the country have expressed concern that CERB was acting as a disincentive to workers to return to jobs.

ACITA notes that agents have been working tirelessly on behalf of their clients over the past six months, since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, resulting in border closures and travel restrictions that have decimated the travel industry. "We have to make sure we are getting people back into the workforce because ultimately that is the way to an economic recovery".

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has spelled out the conditions for earning the support of his party: legislation assuring that Canadians left jobless due to the pandemic won't have their emergency benefits cut and that Canadians who fall ill will get paid sick leave. But if they do, he said, New Democrats will back the Liberals in the upcoming confidence vote.

"We will work together to pass (the bill) as quickly as possible".

Benefits were paid up front, which won't be the case for Ilott and others in the first wave of those being transferred to the new system: The government says the first payment will come the week of October 11.

"I'm paying bills right now and having a bit of a panic", she said Sunday, adding her family support lives mainly in the U.S.

The Liberals also cheered the deal.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government needs the room to spend on important items. "We landed here because this is where the country is now in terms of the support workers need", Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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