April 17, 2020
On April 15th, the Government of Canada announced changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that will allow more individuals to be eligible for financial support. The new changes will:
* Allow individuals to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB;
* Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19; and
* Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.
When the legislation to enact the CERB was initially before Parliament, Conservative MPs asked the Liberal Government if it would apply to seasonal workers. Initially, the Government said yes, but then backtracked, only to make changes weeks later. MPs will have to again return to Parliament to again change the eligibility to receive the CERB.
This concerning pattern of announcing programs, backtracking, and then changing eligibility has created confusion among Canadians struggling during this pandemic. The Government's communications and direction must be clear and consistent. That is yet to be the case.
If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 aid legislation passed by the federal government, please contact my Prince Albert office at
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