Canadian individuals may benefit from an extension of the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) program and a temporary simplification regarding employment insurance (EI).
CERB refers to a wage subsidy program established for employees who were furloughed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CERB was introduced as a benefit to provide eligible individuals with $500* per week for up to 16 weeks in total, within the original benefit period beginning 15 March 2020 and ending 3 October 2020.
Canada’s federal government on 20 August 2020 announced 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 27 September 2020.
Among other changes, the government:
Read an August 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada
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