Hon. Bill Blair
Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest
Support for Workers

Helping Canadians during COVID-19

When Canadians needed support the most, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit was there to help support nearly nine million people pay their bills and be there for their families. In August, we announced the next steps in our government’s plan to support Canadians through this pandemic. Our plan includes a seamless transition to EI coupled with the creation of 3 new benefits to ensure that no Canadian worker is left behind. Our goal during this transition from emergency to recovery is to provide Canadian workers with the certainty and comfort they can count on over the longer term. No matter what stage or phase of recovery communities are in, we will leave no one behind.

As of October 5th, Canadians have been able to apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit.

On October 12th, Canadians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance will be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) This program has now ended. 

This benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up individuals that have lost their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians will begin to receive their CERB payments within 3-5 days via direct deposit and 10 days by mail.

Updates related to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit transitioning to the Employment Insurance program can be found here. 

EI Sickness Benefits

The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined, so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. The requirement to provide a medical certificate will also be waived.

EI Work Sharing Program

We are Implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process.

Wage Boost for Essential Workers 

The Government of Canada will provide up to $3 billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced in May 2020 that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage top-ups for their essential workers.


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