New changes to Employment Insurance will cost $7.7B, PBO predicts

The cost of changing up the country’s Employment Insurance rules to allow more workers impacted by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic to qualify may be slightly more than … Read More

Canada’s EI system absorbed almost 1.3M people in last 3 weeks, new figures show

The employment insurance system absorbed almost 1.3 million people in the last three weeks, new figures show, as a key COVID-19 benefit wound down. A breakdown of applications for the … Read More

Retroactive CERB will still be available despite questions over rules: official

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will remain available retroactively until early December. A federal government official on Thursday clarified the availability of the retroactive portion of the program, the rest … Read More

Liberals to face first confidence vote in new session with coronavirus benefit bill

The federal Liberals are expected to face their first confidence vote since the House of Commons returned from a controversial prorogation requested by the government amid the WE Charity scandal. … Read More

Liberals unanimously survive first confidence vote with coronavirus benefit bill

The federal Liberals have survived their first confidence vote since the House of Commons returned from a controversial prorogation requested by the government amid the WE Charity scandal. In a … Read More

Trudeau dangles national childcare system in throne speech with few hints of fiscal restraint

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a national childcare and early education system as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter gender equality gains by forcing Canadian women out of the … Read More

CERB replacement programs may get tweaks as coronavirus pandemic continues, minister says

OTTAWA — The federal minister overseeing key aid programs for workers during the pandemic says there could still be changes to a proposed package of income-support benefits as the country … Read More

‘Vast majority’ of CERB recipients have received payments after delay, CRA says

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says the “vast majority” of those waiting for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) deposits received their payments on Friday, after a number of Canadians across the … 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 still plan to work with opposition on EI reform during prorogation: minister

Despite shutting down Parliament with a prorogation set to last until Sept. 23, the government will still find ways to work with the opposition on sweeping overhauls to employment insurance, … 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

‘Do our lives count for less?’: Coronavirus shows gaps in Canada’s disability aid, experts say

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than … 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

Canada reviewing its coronavirus aid to prepare for possible 2nd wave, Trudeau says

The federal government’s ongoing review about the good, bad and possibly ugly parts of its response to COVID-19 will feed into plans for an improved response to a potential second … 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

CRA reviewing 1,300 tips about possible CERB scammers

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has received more than 1,000 tips from Canadians about potential misuses of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other benefits related to the coronavirus … 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

Loophole in CERB could leave seniors vulnerable to scammers, MP warns

A loophole in the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit that doesn’t prohibit people charging fees to help others get relief funds needs to be closed to prevent scams, an NDP MP … Read More

CERB-style program will ease burden on central bank during future economic shocks: governor

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2020 5:06 pm Updated May 21, 2020 5:08 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … 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

Coronavirus pandemic raises question: Is it time for a basic income?

Economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus has led some to ask whether it’s time for a basic income. In Canada alone, more than a million people have lost their jobs since … 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

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