As Canadians start to go back to work, they may see the end of newly introduced benefits. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will likely have to end as people return to work. While the prime minister hinted at the end of the program, he did not give a firm date on when it would be over.

During his May 27 address, Justin Trudeau said that as more people go back to their jobs, fewer will rely on the CERB.

However, he noted that the wage subsidy will still be there, hinting that the employer-targeted benefit will continue longer than the individual payments of $2,000 a month. 

"Maintaining the connection between employer and employee is key, not just to helping people get back on their feet, but to keeping our economy strong," he said, emphasizing the importance of businesses taking advantage of the subsidy.

While taking questions from reporters, Trudeau noted that the gradual reopening of Canada's economy will require the "phasing out or ending of certain programs," as well as the continuation or modification of others.

The PM noted that the government will be looking very carefully at how they will go about ending or modifying certain programs as the economy opens back up.

"We are still very much in the emergency phase, in the crisis phase of this, even as we're seeing careful reopenings," Trudeau said.

"We need to make sure we are continuing to protect vulnerable Canadians and ensure that we're controlling and stopping the spread of COVID-19."

The CERB was introduced to provide financial assistance to Canadians who had lost their jobs or seen their pay reduced during the global pandemic.

The benefit lasts four months, and will be available until October 3. However, those who applied for the CERB at the earliest date in March are already at the halfway point.

Earlier this month, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos was asked if the benefit would see an extension. While he would not confirm there would be one, he did not rule out the option either.

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