‘Biggest financial crunch I’ve ever faced’: A year living on COVID-19 recovery benefits

When Canada began to lock down its economy last March as the novel coronavirus spread across the country, Connie Kuipers knew she would need financial help immediately. The Toronto, Ont. … Read More

Provinces should invest CERB savings in social welfare programs, advocates say

At a time when anxieties were expected to run high for everyone, the Calgary Counselling Centre saw something surprising during the pandemic lockdown period: distress levels in their low-income clients … Read More

Some CERB recipients say funds not arriving quickly as expected

Some recipients of the federal government’s emergency coronavirus pandemic benefit say funds for September have not yet arrived in their bank accounts. Several Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients told … Read More

Some CERB recipients say payments for September delayed

Some recipients of the federal government’s emergency coronavirus pandemic benefit say funds for September have not yet arrived in their bank accounts. Several Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients told … Read More

Liberals unveil $37B for CERB transition to new benefits, EI changes

Just a few weeks ahead of the expected end of the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit, the Trudeau government announced on Thursday $37-billion in fresh spending on new and revamped federal … Read More

Trudeau government should rethink EI as CERB winds down, labour group warns

A workers-rights group is calling on the federal government to rethink the employment insurance program as an emergency benefit for workers is set to run out. The government estimates four … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau announces plans for end of CERB, transition to EI

The federal government plans to transition recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the Employment Insurance (EI) program as the coronavirus aid program wraps up this fall, Prime … Read More

Phase out CERB payments, improve COVID-19 spending transparency, Senate report says

The Senate’s finance committee says the Trudeau Liberals need to tell people very soon what they will do for those who max out a key federal COVID-19 benefit in the … Read More

The end of CERB: A look at how and when the coronavirus aid may wrap up

A day after the federal government announced an eight-week extension, questions are being raised about how and when the federal government will end the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program … Read More

Coronavirus: CERB to be extended by 8 weeks, Trudeau says

Posted June 16, 2020 11:17 am Updated June 16, 2020 11:22 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal government will … Read More

Feds urged to work together on aid for disabled Canadians as emergency bill in limbo

Federal politicians are being urged to work together to help Canadians with disabilities weather the COVID-19 crisis. This after opposition parties refused Wednesday to give the unanimous consent needed to … Read More

CRA has received 190K repayments of CERB benefits Canadians shouldn’t have claimed

The Canada Revenue Agency has received nearly 190,000 repayments for coronavirus relief benefits some Canadians received through an emergency aid program that they weren’t entitled to get. And, as of … Read More

Trudeau loses NDP support for CERB reform bill that would punish fraudsters

The Trudeau Liberals’ push for changes to a key benefit for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic hit political roadblocks as the New Democrats withdrew support for a draft bill … Read More

Many Canadians will max out on CERB in July. What happens next?

Questions are mounting about how the federal government will continue to support Canadian workers who remain unemployed as emergency benefits offered during the coronavirus pandemic run out. On April 6, … Read More

Off-reserve Indigenous services to receive $75M boost amid coronavirus pandemic

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2020 7:14 am Updated May 21, 2020 11:33 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Trudeau mum on help for workers with health conditions as coronavirus restrictions ease

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped questions on Friday on whether the federal government will implement any measures to help Canadians with underlying health conditions who fear returning to work as … Read More

Two arrested in Surrey, B.C., in connection to $33,000 in stolen CERB cheques, refunds

The RCMP say they’ve arrested two people after recovering $33,000 worth of government-issued cheques that were allegedly stolen from several places in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. The Mounties in Surrey … Read More

Lobster fishers who decline work due to COVID-19 are eligible for federal benefits: Ottawa

As the start of the spring season approaches, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has confirmed that fishers who turn down work due to COVID-19 concerns will be eligible for federal benefits. … Read More

Emergency coronavirus benefit could be a model for future aid programs: minister

OTTAWA — The newly created benefit for workers whose livelihoods are affected by COVID-19 may be a model for how the federal government helps unemployed Canadians in the future, Employment … Read More

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