Canadian individuals may benefit from new changes to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Canadian individuals may benefit from new changes to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and to temporarily simplify the Employment Insurance (EI) program. The federal government announced on August 20, 2020 that it will extend the CERB by an additional four weeks and simplify the EI program to help eligible individuals transition from CERB to the EI system starting September 27, 2020.
Among other changes, the government will allow more individuals to qualify for EI by effectively lowering the insurable hours required to qualify and providing national minimum unemployment and benefit rates. In addition, the government is proposing new recovery benefits for eligible individuals who may not qualify for EI or are unable to fully return to work due to reasons related to COVID-19. The government says it will soon introduce legislation to enact these benefits. Parliament is currently scheduled to return on September 23, 2020.
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