CERB recipients will be transferred to EI program soon: PM

Daniel Fowler
August 4, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the government will transition people from its main emergency income support program over to traditional unemployment benefits, as the government looks to wind down costly COVID-19 aid.

Details of the program will be unveiled sometime in August, Trudeau said.

Trudeau said that a transitional parallel benefit that's similar to EI will be created.

Far more expensive components of it, such as the $5.25 billion Canada Student Emergency Benefit, the student equivalent of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for workers, were approved without controversy.

Trudeau also indicated a new sickness and caregivers benefit is on the way for those who are not covered at work if they or their loved ones get COVID-19 and they need to stay home.

More than 8.4 million Canadians have applied for the program as of July 26, according to figures from the federal government. Officials have been working on revamping the program since the crisis started in mid-March.

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He said that EI premiums won't be raised.

The commercial rent subsidy has been extended through the end of August.

The national data agency said rebounds in May were seen across multiple industries, including retail trade registered that saw its largest monthly increase since comparable readings began in 1961.

Despite the two months of growth after two months of negative readings, Statistics Canada's preliminary estimate is that economic output contracted by 12 per cent in the second quarter compared to the first three months of 2020, which would be a historic drop.

"We intend to cover every Canadian who is looking for work with a better 21st century EI system", Trudeau said.

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