Trudeau Says Canadians Who Lost Income To COVID-19 Can Get $2K Per Month

Almost one million people applied for EI last week.
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Employment Insurance In Canada Extended With New Benefit Program Of $2000 A Month

Help is on the way for people who need money during this pandemic. Justin Trudeau announced a new measure on March 25. Employment Insurance in Canada is getting an extension with a new benefit for Canadians who have lost their income because of COVID-19. 

During his daily press conference outside of Rideau Cottage, the Prime Minister announced a new benefit that will give Canadians money.

"The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide $2,000 a month for the next four months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID-19," Trudeau said.

The newly introduced aid replaces the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit to streamline the process of getting money into the pockets of Canadians.

"The hard truth is that people are out of work because of this crisis and worry about what comes next," he said.

An application portal for the new aid will launch as soon as possible. People should start getting direct deposits within 10 days of applying.

The Liberal leader is hopeful that the system will be up and running by April 6.

"If you lost your job because of COVID-19 whether you're full time, contract or self-employed, this new benefit will be there for you," he said.

In the last 10 days, more than 13,000 people have been added to the workforce to take calls and process EI claims.

Since March 16, 143,000 claims have already been processed and during that week almost one million people applied for EI.

"We're working to get you the support you need when you need it," the Prime Minister said.

He also said that one of the goals of the new benefit is to ensure that it's dependable. "We need to make sure we are getting that money out quickly but also reliantly."

Just after Trudeau's announcement on Wednesday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted that he spoke to the PM about helping Canadians with a $2,000 monthly direct income.

"Today’s announcement isn’t perfect, but it will help so many people," Singh said. "We need to work to get it to people as quickly as possible."

Singh outlined eight measures that should be taken by the government to get Canadians through the pandemic. It includes giving immediate assistance to all Canadians in the form of $2,000 per adult and $250 per child, along with fixing EI by changing the requirements for it.

Trudeau said that the government is continuing to work diligently and rapidly to make sure that they help every Canadian they can during this time.

Several provinces have also stepped up to help their residents make up for lost wages.

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced a $5 billion relief package, which will distribute a "one-time, tax-free" sum of $1,000 to each unemployed resident.

Albertans affected by COVID-19 are also able to apply for emergency financial aid of up to $1,146. There are several criteria they must meet to be eligible.

In his Wednesday address, Trudeau promised that the government is doing everything possible to give Canadians financial relief during this difficult time.

"Our government is doing everything we can to be there for you," he said.

Lisa Belmonte
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Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Trending Desk focused on government of Canada jobs and is based in Ontario.
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