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Expanding access to the CERB and New Wage Boost

The Canadian government has relaxed the eligibility rules of CERB to help more Canadians benefit from the program. Highlights from the new changes announced are,

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

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The Government of Canada also announced a new wage boost for essential workers, wherein the government will work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share a temporary top up to the salaries of low-income essential workers that the provinces and territories have deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19. The Government of Canada will cover a portion of the cost of providing temporary financial support to low-income workers, thereby helping to support employers in keeping their workers on staff, while also ensuring fairness.

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