“Canadians have shown tremendous strength in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and we know that it is still here with us. Our Government remains committed to supporting Canadians. These measures will make sure Canadians continue to have the income supports they need and that we continue to provide sufficient resources for the fight against COVID-19.”
– Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government provided Canadians with the support they need to continue to make ends meet while staying safe. We are continuing to support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery with these new Benefits. Together, these Recovery Benefits fill gaps in the way Canadians qualify for income support, ensuring access to all Canadians who are unable to work due to COVID-19 so that no one is left behind. If you cannot work, and still don’t qualify for the simplified EI, there is support available to you, tailored to your specific needs.”
-Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough
“The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is proud to continue supporting Canadians through fiscal measures that will help see us through the coming months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that Canadians have access to income support that reflects the impacts the pandemic has on their employment. With CRA’ s proven success in delivering Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Canada Emergency Student Benefit payments to millions of Canadians when they needed it most, I am confident in our ability to continue to administer these important recovery benefits.”
– Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier
Service Canada and the CRA would work collaboratively on integrity measures for the new Recovery Benefits.
Since March 2020, the Government of Canada has received almost 9 million unique CERB applications. It is anticipated that about 2.8 million clients will transition to EI regular benefits following the transition from CERB.
PHENCPA provides the funding for a number of programs and measures in Canada’s Economic Response Plan, including:
- Support for COVID-19 Medical Research and Vaccine Development;
- The purchase of personal protective equipment to help essential workers and protect vulnerable Canadians, like seniors, and;
- Support for indigenous communities, address homelessness and support other vulnerable groups.
Training offered through the Workforce Development Agreements program reaches the broadest scope of Canadians, including gig workers and the self-employed. This one-time investment of $1.5 billion through the Workforce Development Agreements, with provinces and territories, will help Canadians quickly get training and acquire new skills to adjust to our changing labour market.