PM extends CERB by 8 weeks for those in need

Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2020

Speaking at his daily pandemic news conference, Trudeau promised to provide an update on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) "within days".

"So if you've been getting the CERB and you still can't work because you're unable to find a job, or it's just not possible, you will keep getting that $2,000 a month".

Ottawa will extend Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments for another eight weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.

"Things have started to look up, but far too many Canadians are still struggling".

He adds the primary goal for the government is to make sure these programs are working for everyone who need it.

To try to limit the spread of COVID-19 between the two countries, they have limited crossings to essential workers and trade since March 21.

He says that the government will look at worldwide best practices to determine what further changes will be needed.

Canadians were able to access the $2,000-a-month benefit for 16 weeks, and millions are about to hit the maximum number of weeks they can claim, but still don't have jobs. The federal government has spent $43.51 billion in CERB payments to date.

The tweak applies to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or are showing any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, "or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19".

At the time, Trudeau said the border would be closed for as long as it needs to be.

The Liberals need the support of one of the opposition parties to survive the vote; however, the Conservatives have vowed not to support the government unless regular sittings of Parliament resume.

Trudeau acknowledged that there is a risk that his minority government could fall and Canadians could be plunged into an election in the middle of the pandemic.

Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend their agreement to keep their border closed to non-essential travel to July 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.