July 22, 2020 By PrintAction Staff
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the federal government is extending the deadline to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) until December to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to a work environment.
CERB is a taxable benefit of $2,000 provided over a four-week period for eligible workers who have stopped working, or whose work hours have been reduced due to COVID-19.
The benefit applies to the period between March 15, 2020 and October 3, 2020. Individuals can apply no later than December 2, 2020 to receive payments retroactive to within that period.
“Over the next few weeks, the government will monitor international best practices, the economy, and the progression of the virus and, if needed, make necessary changes to the program so more people can have the support they need,” said PM Trudeau. “We will also look at ways to ensure all our supports, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Employment Insurance (EI), are working effectively to help Canadians get back on their feet. We know that many Canadians across the country are still facing a really tough time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to take action to better support them. By extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canadians will be able to continue to buy groceries and pay their bills as we work together to safely and effectively restart the economy.”
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