$37B COVID-19 aid package extends CERB coverage, expands EI and adds 'recovery' benefits
August 25, 2020
Self-employed or gig workers, for example, can apply for a benefit of up to $400 a week for up to 26 weeks if they have stopped working or had reduced incomes due to COVID-19.
The federal government is extending the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) by one more month and revamping the employment insurance program to allow more people to receive financial assistance during COVID-19.
Canadians who were already eligible for EI will transition to that program when CERB winds down, while those who don't qualify can apply for new "recovery" benefits.
Under the new regime, they can continue to earn money, but will be required to repay 50 cents of every dollar earned above $38,000.
A second new benefit will provide 10 days of paid sick leave to any worker in Canada who falls ill or has to self-isolate due to COVID-19. That will provide $500 a week, and a claimant can't claim this benefit and another sick leave payment at the same time.