The year may be ending, but Canada’s COVID-19 benefits are not. That was the message coming from Justin Trudeau this week, as he reassured Canadians that government support would continue into 2021.

On December 28, the prime minister shared a Twitter thread detailing the financial benefits that Canadians will still be able to apply for next year.

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[...] While the year may be coming to an end, these supports are not.

Justin Trudeau

It included options like the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

For those who are self-employed but don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), Trudeau recommended applying for the CRB. This provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks.

The PM advised individuals who may be sick or self-isolating due to COVID-19 to consider applying for the CRSB, which offers $500 per week for a maximum of two weeks.

The prime minister also had some advice for small business owners.

He urged those hoping to keep employees on their payroll to consider the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which is available until next summer.

Small companies affected by COVID-19 were also advised to consider the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which Trudeau says can cover up to 65% of rent costs.

This comes as thousands of Canadians continue to be contacted about Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) repayments — a move that has been heavily criticized by leading politicians such as Jagmeet Singh.

 
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