Jagmeet Singh has spoken out about the CERB, which he believes should be available to everybody. In a series of social media posts, the NDP leader explained why he thinks the funding should be universal. According to Singh, current Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) criteria exclude some in-need Canadians, and he’s calling for these measures to be scrapped.\nThe CERB was introduced last month and provides $2,000 per month. It was specifically designed to support workers in Canada who have limited or lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.\nAfter the benefit was launched, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized for excluding some individuals from its criteria, including freelancers, students, and those working semi-reduced hours.\nHowever, the government has introduced several changes to their federal support programs, and on Wednesday announced a new benefit that is specifically designed for students.\nThat said, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh believes that the new Canada Emergency Student Benefit is unnecessarily “complicated,” and that the original CERB criteria should be scrapped altogether.\nIn a tweet, he explained, “We’re glad the government is turning its focus to helping students, but another complicated system is not what students need.”\n“Make the CERB universal so that no one gets left behind, And so that students - and anyone else who needs help - can get 2,000$ right away,” he said.\nWe’re glad the government is turning its focus to helping students, but another complicated system is not what students needMake the CERB universal so that no one gets left behindAnd so that students - and anyone else who needs help - can get 2,000$ right away— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) April 22, 2020\nSince the emergency benefit was announced, Singh has been calling for universal access to the funding, so that anybody who feels that they need it can access it.\nIn fact, he had asked the government to give cash to every Canadian adult and child to help them cope during the pandemic even before the CERB announcement.\n“Immediate assistance to all Canadians - $2,000 per adult and $250 per child,” he urged at the time.\nThis would mean that literally anybody could apply for the monthly payment, not just those who fit within the federal government’s current criteria.\nView this post on Instagram Today, we passed a motion in the House of Commons calling on the liberal government to fix some of the glaring gaps in the CERB, so that no one is left behind I also asked the PM to drop the criteria so that everyone who needs help can apply for it now . Aujourd'hui, nous avons adopté une motion demandant au gouvernement de combler certaines des lacunes de la PCU, afin que personne ne soit laissé pour compte J'ai aussi demandé au PM d'abandonner les critères afin que tous ceux qui ont besoin d'aide puissent en faire la demande A post shared by Jagmeet Singh (@jagmeetsingh) on Apr 11, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT\nIn a speech on April 20, Singh stated, "People are falling through the cracks because of the criteria," and reiterated his call to make the funding universal.\nWhat’s important to remember is that CERB payments are taxable, which means those who claim it while still earning will probably be required to pay some of the money back next year.\nMany students can’t get help through EI or the CERBAnd while we pushed the Liberals to commit to helping, it’s been more than a week and people are still waiting for helpThe government needs to get rid of the criteria for the CERB so that everyone who needs help, can get it pic.twitter.com/N7dfK7VgiX— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) April 20, 2020\nSince the funding was launched, millions of Canadians have applied for the benefit, with some people's money landing in their bank accounts within days.