Eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit are being loosened so more people can apply for the financial help.

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been expanded to reach more people in need.

People who are earning some income of up to $1,000 a month will now be able to apply for the benefit, Trudeau said Wednesday.

“Maybe you’re a volunteer firefighter, or a contractor who can pick up some shifts, or you have a part-time job in the grocery store,” he said. “Even if you are still working, or if you want to start working again, you probably need help in making ends meet.”

People who may be in the seasonal job industry, who were waiting to work but may not be able to due to the pandemic, will also be eligible for the CERB, Trudeau announced.

“And if you’re run out of (Employment Insurance) since January 1st, you can now apply for the CERB as well,” he said, adding more help for post-secondary students, businesses, and others who are struggling would be announced soon.

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Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau announcing salary top ups for essential workers, and expanding eligibility for the emergency benefit to include workers who are making some money during this pandemic

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As part of expanded relief measures, Trudeau said the federal government was working with provinces to top up the pay of essential workers who earn less than $2,500 a month.

That would include workers at long-term care facilities who fall under that income bracket.

Around half of the deaths related to COVID-19 in Canada so far have occurred because of outbreaks at these kinds of facilities

“We will be speaking to parliament about the contributions of the greatest generation, who grew up during the Depression, and fought through the second World War,” Trudeau said. “Today, across the country, the last members of this generation live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The uncomfortable and tragic truth is that the very places that care for our elderly are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

He added everyone needs to do more to protect the most vulnerable people, like those in long-term care facilities, and that he would push for more help for essential workers taking care of the elderly and those with disabilities on Thursday.

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Trudeau says the feds are working with provinces to top up wages for essential workers like staff at long term care facilities. It will apply for workers earning less than $2,500 a month

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Moving forward the CERB will be accessible for Workers who earn $1000 or less a month, are out of a seasonal job, or have recently exhausted EI benefits.

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More to come.

Source: More Canadians can now apply for Emergency Response Benefit, PM says – NEWS 1130

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