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Coronavirus: Trudeau announces plans for end of CERB, transition to EI

Coronavirus: Trudeau announces plans for end of CERB, transition to EI
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The federal government plans to transition recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the Employment Insurance (EI) program as the coronavirus aid program wraps up this fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Ottawa will also create a “transitional, parallel benefit” that is similar to EI for people who don’t qualify for the unemployment benefit, such as contract and gig workers.

“It will include access to training, and being able to work more hours and earn more money while receiving the benefit,” Trudeau said.

“We intend to cover every Canadian who is looking for work with a better, 21st-century EI system.”

The last scheduled CERB pay period is currently set to end on Sept. 26. The personal income benefit provides $2,000 per month to eligible applicants who lost work or their jobs due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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