CERB’s ending. Now what?


The Justin Trudeau government has answered the most pressing question folks are asking about CERB. What’s next? More than 3.4 million Ontarians applied for the $500-a-week Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the largest number by far of any province. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough announced this week that the pandemic program would be extended by a month until Sept. 26 to provide more time to return to or find work. The eligibility rules for EI, often criticized as stingy and mean, are being temporarily relaxed to accommodate an estimated 400,000 more recipients who will now be paid a minimum of $400 a week Three new income support benefits are also planned.

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