Canada will monitor how CERB is assisting out-of-work Canadians

News Apr 27, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton Liberal MP Filomena Tassi says the federal government will continue to “tweak” the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to assist Canadians who are out of work because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We are listening to Canadians. We are continuing to build and tweak,” said Tassi, who is also the federal labour minister.

Tassi wouldn't say if the four-month program will end beyond its scheduled lifespan.

Over the last few weeks the government has provided additional funding to undergraduate and graduate students who didn’t qualify for the benefit, which was announced in March.

The government is also working on additional changes to the program, which pays recipients up to $2,000 a month for up to four months. The benefit combines and replaces two previously announced programs, the Emergency Care benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.

To qualify, a person must be a resident of Canada and have had an income of at least $5,000 from work or maternity and parental benefits.

But about 1.4 million jobless Canadians are not receiving the new federal emergency benefit or employment insurance because they didn’t make the required $5,000, they quit their jobs recently instead of being laid off, or they face application difficulties.

Federal data reveals Ottawa has received about 6.82 million unique applicants for the CERB since mid-March.

Tassi said so-called “gig economy” workers will still be able to apply for the benefit now that Canadians earning less than $1,000 are now eligible. These are workers that juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet.

But will the federal government extend the benefit past its four-month deadline?

Tassi said officials will continue to monitor how and when the virus is trending and wait and see what happens as the year proceeds.

“We don’t have a crystal ball,” said Tassi. “But we are doing what we need to do focusing on small businesses, taxes, loans and the vulnerable. We are taking a responsible approach. But we are in unprecedented times.”

Hamilton Liberal Minister Filomena Tassi says government will 'tweak' CERB package to help public

Minister wouldn't say whether program will be extended past four months

News Apr 27, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton Liberal MP Filomena Tassi says the federal government will continue to “tweak” the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to assist Canadians who are out of work because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We are listening to Canadians. We are continuing to build and tweak,” said Tassi, who is also the federal labour minister.

Tassi wouldn't say if the four-month program will end beyond its scheduled lifespan.

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Over the last few weeks the government has provided additional funding to undergraduate and graduate students who didn’t qualify for the benefit, which was announced in March.

The government is also working on additional changes to the program, which pays recipients up to $2,000 a month for up to four months. The benefit combines and replaces two previously announced programs, the Emergency Care benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.

To qualify, a person must be a resident of Canada and have had an income of at least $5,000 from work or maternity and parental benefits.

But about 1.4 million jobless Canadians are not receiving the new federal emergency benefit or employment insurance because they didn’t make the required $5,000, they quit their jobs recently instead of being laid off, or they face application difficulties.

Federal data reveals Ottawa has received about 6.82 million unique applicants for the CERB since mid-March.

Tassi said so-called “gig economy” workers will still be able to apply for the benefit now that Canadians earning less than $1,000 are now eligible. These are workers that juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet.

But will the federal government extend the benefit past its four-month deadline?

Tassi said officials will continue to monitor how and when the virus is trending and wait and see what happens as the year proceeds.

“We don’t have a crystal ball,” said Tassi. “But we are doing what we need to do focusing on small businesses, taxes, loans and the vulnerable. We are taking a responsible approach. But we are in unprecedented times.”

Hamilton Liberal Minister Filomena Tassi says government will 'tweak' CERB package to help public

Minister wouldn't say whether program will be extended past four months

News Apr 27, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton Liberal MP Filomena Tassi says the federal government will continue to “tweak” the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to assist Canadians who are out of work because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We are listening to Canadians. We are continuing to build and tweak,” said Tassi, who is also the federal labour minister.

Tassi wouldn't say if the four-month program will end beyond its scheduled lifespan.

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Over the last few weeks the government has provided additional funding to undergraduate and graduate students who didn’t qualify for the benefit, which was announced in March.

The government is also working on additional changes to the program, which pays recipients up to $2,000 a month for up to four months. The benefit combines and replaces two previously announced programs, the Emergency Care benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.

To qualify, a person must be a resident of Canada and have had an income of at least $5,000 from work or maternity and parental benefits.

But about 1.4 million jobless Canadians are not receiving the new federal emergency benefit or employment insurance because they didn’t make the required $5,000, they quit their jobs recently instead of being laid off, or they face application difficulties.

Federal data reveals Ottawa has received about 6.82 million unique applicants for the CERB since mid-March.

Tassi said so-called “gig economy” workers will still be able to apply for the benefit now that Canadians earning less than $1,000 are now eligible. These are workers that juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet.

But will the federal government extend the benefit past its four-month deadline?

Tassi said officials will continue to monitor how and when the virus is trending and wait and see what happens as the year proceeds.

“We don’t have a crystal ball,” said Tassi. “But we are doing what we need to do focusing on small businesses, taxes, loans and the vulnerable. We are taking a responsible approach. But we are in unprecedented times.”