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Feds to outline COVID-19 support plan to replace CERB

Last Updated Aug 20, 2020 at 10:47 am PDT

FILE - The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop in Toronto on April 4, 2020. Canada’s emergency response benefits have become a flashpoint, as employers seek to recall workers who are still concerned about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston)

The federal government will outline plans for COVID-19 support as CERB winds down next month

It is expected the government will use existing programs, but there's word a new type of support could be coming in

Millions of Canadians will still need financial help and many don't qualify for EI

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — The Trudeau government is set to unveil its plan to help millions of Canadians struggling to find work during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit winds down.

The CERB ends next month, so the Liberals are turning to existing systems to replace the monthly $2,000 of support amid the health and economic crisis.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough will be outlining the transition plan Thursday.


About four million Canadians will be switching from the CERB to the regular Employment Insurance program, but sources suggest there will also be a new support system for the more than two million workers who don’t qualify for EI.

At the end of July, the federal government promised a type of COVID-19 benefit that would fill the gaps for those who don’t qualify for EI, such as gig or contract workers.

The federal government will use existing tools to create the new support, and it will be done through regulations instead of legislation. This is important since the prime minister prorogued Parliament this week, meaning any bills that need to go through the House of Commons can’t be dealt with until late September at the earliest.

Supportive measures brought in during the pandemic will be temporary.