Applications for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit open tomorrow

Daniel Fowler
April 7, 2020

CERB payments could start appearing in people's bank accounts as early as this week, with those who qualify expected to receive $2,000 per month for the next four months.

"While we still have a lot of work to do, we're making good progress on getting you the support you need as quickly as possible", Trudeau said.

Applications can be done online or by phone.

"We're going to be announcing in the coming days how people in that situation will be able to apply and receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit", he said.

Speaking outside his Ottawa residence, Trudeau promised more details on how the government intends to help those whose earnings have plummeted, and those who earn less now than they would if they were receiving the 16-week benefit, citing care workers for the elderly as an example.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' study last week said the requirement that Canadians earn at least $5,000 in income in the last 12 months or in 2019 to qualify for the CERB would restrict access for some workers despite them being laid off due to COVID-19.

When asked about reports regarding the U.S. stopping shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) during his daily press conference, Trudeau said that Canada continues to have "productive and positive" conversations with the US.

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She added she and state health officials "have tried everything we knew to do to keep from having to take this next step". Individuals now residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence.

Over the last two weeks, more than two million people have applied for employment insurance benefits, a giant spike from what the program normally sees even in previous recessions.

We're expected to get a better sense of that could look like when the Bank of Canada delivers its business outlook survey later on Monday morning. Households in mid-February expected their spending to rise faster than expectations for wage growth, which the bank said suggested consumers weren't becoming more cautious in their spending.

Meanwhile, small businesses also continue to struggle amid the pandemic.

Much of that sentiment emanated from the country's oil-producing regions, where companies were generally less optimistic, pulling back on capital spending and hiring plans as they watched the price of oil fall.

By mid-March, restaurants, hotels and other service industries had seen a collapse in sales.

Manufacturers were anticipating temporary shutdowns and declining sales from challenged customers.

For now, the prime minister continues to ask Canadians to stay home.

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