Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday (Apr. 15th) that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended to now include part-time, seasonal, and contract workers.
Workers who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced hours will also now qualify.
Rolled out by the Canadian Government on Apr. 6th, the CERB originally offered a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who lost their jobs, or were unable to work due to COVID-19.
After receiving intense criticism from non-full-time employees, or those who were unable to apply for the benefit due to a reduction in hours, the Canadian Government relaxed the rules in order to ensure that more Canadians receive financial support during a pandemic that continues to sweep the nation from coast to coast.
During his Wednesday press briefing from Ottawa, Trudeau also announced a wage boost for essential workers who make less than $2,500 a month, CBC reports.
Plans are also in place to help out students as well as businesses that are struggling to pay their rent over lost income.
To date, almost six million Canadians have applied for the CERB.
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