It’s official — the CERB in Canada is over. On Tuesday, the House of Commons unanimously passed legislation authorizing the new EI benefits, which are set to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).\nOn September 29, Canada’s politicians agreed to move forward with a new and temporarily simplified EI program, which will replace the now-defunct CERB.\nAfter discussing the change for four and a half hours, the House unanimously passed Bill C-4.\nEditor's Choice: Ottawa's Top Doc Says She's Needs A Break After Showing Up At Work With No Pants\nThe majority of claimants receiving CERB through Service Canada who are eligible for EI will be automatically transitioned. No matter what their situation is, Service Canada will contact EI clients to confirm whether they need to reapply or not. pic.twitter.com/igevE69zM7— Service Canada (@ServiceCanada_E) September 28, 2020\n\n\nOn Wednesday, the Senate will gather to decide what happens next with the new EI program.\nThe new benefit now offers $500 per week to those who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.\nPer Jagmeet Singh’s request, the benefit has also expanded the criteria for sick leave payments. This means Canadians who get COVID-19 or have to take time off work due to other health conditions, will be covered.\nA new recovery benefit will also be introduced for those who do not qualify for EI right now.\nNot only did Tuesday's decision officially confirm the end of the CERB, but it also ceased concerns about a possible federal election in the fall.