Trudeau announces $2000/month paid to workers affected by COVID-19

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A very big thing happened this morning in Canada. The Senate passed the $82 billion stimulus bill, marking a major victory for Canadians across the country. And, as part of that, Finance Canada wants to give every Canadian affected by COVID-19 $2000 per month for the next four months.

It’s called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. It replaces two benefits announces last week- the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. They’re old news! And besides, the CERB is more streamlined anyway.

Under the new plan, any Canadian significantly affected by COVID-19 is entitled to the benefit. You know what, we’re just going to include the quote, we can’t sum it up better ourselves:

“The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)”

Considering over 1 million Canadians filed for unemployment last week, this proposed legislation represents a massive step forward in helping them.

You can check out the press release about the new benefits on the Government of Canada website.

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