Feds Extend CERB, Plan To Offer Simplified EI System In Fall

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People on CERB will get another four weeks of the benefit.

are rolling out a $37-billion income-support plan for workers whose earnings have crashed during the pandemic.

The details released today outline what will happen to some four million workers receiving the $500-a-week Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which is set to wind down starting next month.will be extended another four weeks, and a new benefit that pays $400 a week for up to 26 weeks will replace it for those ineligible for employment insurance.The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop in Toronto on April 4, 2020.

Anyone eligible for EI will get the same minimum for at least 26 weeks and will need to have worked 120 hours to qualify, well below current EI requirements, since many Canadians have been unable to work to the pandemic. There will also be $500-a-week sickness benefit and caregiving benefit for anyone who has to stay home because they’re ill, or because school or daycare is closed.

The three new benefits are expected to cost $22 billion and will be brought in through legislation once the House of Commons returns after being prorogued this week.

 

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Bet when it runs out, the people who quit their jobs will be begging to get them back but the positions have already been filled.

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