The federal government is looking to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for those who still don’t have income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday they are working on a solution to ensure they can continue to provide the program.
Right now, those who are eligible for CERB will receive $2,000 a month, $500 a week, for four straight months. It is available until October 3, 2020, and can be backdated to March 15, 2020.
“In the last few weeks, things have started to lookup for a lot of people but, that said, we also know that far too many Canadians are still struggling,” said Trudeau.
“If you’re having trouble finding a job you shouldn’t also be worrying about whether you’ll hit the limit of your CERB benefits.”
They currently don’t know what the extension will look like, however, they expect to have an update later this week.
“For today, I want you to know that we will continue to be there for you and your family,” added Trudeau.
Meanwhile, the Canada Emergency Business Account has expanded eligibility, which will includes farmers, with the application process opening this Friday.
More information can be found on the government of Canada’s website.