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COVID-19 Update: Ottawa extends CERB, overhauls Employment Insurance program

As the fall approaches, federal COVID-19 relief measures are slowly wound down and the economic recovery plods along at a glacial pace with a potential pandemic second wave looming large, Ottawa understood that Canadians would need additional financial assistance in the months ahead. It delivered a costly new aid package last week that includes significant […]

Warehousing

COVID-19: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended beyond June

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy—the federal program designed to encourage small to medium-sized employers to rehire or retain employees impacted by the COVID-19 crisis—will be extended beyond the original June 6th end date. A new proposed expiry date for the program has yet to be tabled, with Ottawa […]

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

COVID-19: Ottawa launches $9 billion student support program

COVID-19 relief funds continue to flow from Ottawa with yesterday’s announcement of a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit, a package to support students and recent graduates not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The nearly $9 billion package is designed to provide assistance to students who are unlikely to find work this summer as […]

Government of Canada benefits

COVID-19: Ottawa enhances Canada Emergency Response Benefit eligibility

Adjustments to new federal relief programs designed to help support Canadians impacted by COVID-19 continues. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday announced a much-anticipated expansion of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which faced heavy criticism due to eligibility rules that disqualified large swaths of the population. The government has since acted to close many of […]

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Federal government clarifies CERB eligibility for Canadians seeking COVID-19 relief

By all accounts, today’s rollout of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has gone relatively smoothly. Ottawa estimated that more than 240,000 Canadians, in search of financial support due to the COVID-19 crisis, had successfully applied for the program this morning alone. But at his daily press briefing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed criticism over […]

Manufacturing

CERB aims to provide relief to businesses, workers impacted by COVID-19

The federal government has proposed a staggering set of measures to help individual Canadians and businesses cope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most significant programs announced thus far is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The program will merge and enhance the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency […]