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

The federal government will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) eligibility period by eight weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Trudeau made the announcement during his daily press briefing at Rideau Cottage Tuesday morning.

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He said those who are still not able to return to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive $2,000 every four weeks.

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The federal government opened applications for the aid program on April 6.

Trudeau said the government is looking at “international best practices” moving forward.

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The prime minister also announced Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend the current border closure until July 31.

More to come.

— With a file from Global News’ Rachael D’Amore

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