In an announcement on Wednesday, the Prime Minister confirmed that even more Canadians will now be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). From April 15, the funding will also become available to seasonal workers, people whose EI has run out, and those earning less than $1,000 per month. This will aim “to help make ends meet.”

Speaking from Rideau Cottage on April 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the federal government’s CERB would be expanding to provide financial help to even more workers across Canada.

Starting this week, the $2,000 per month benefit will also be available to seasonal workers, people whose EI has run out, and those who are currently working but earning less than $1,000 per month.

This latest expansion will allow gig workers, contract workers and long-term care staff to receive the benefit, while still working.

During his address, Trudeau explained that the funds would be there to “help make ends meet.”

He also noted that a pay raise would be coming for all essential workers that are currently earning less than $2,500 per month.

This announcement comes after the federal government faced criticism from some groups, suggesting that a large number of Canadians had been left out of the initial CERB criteria.

Last week, the PM assured that the funding would be made available to freelancers and students, as well as volunteer firefighters and those working reduced hours due to the pandemic.

"For people in all of these situations, we see you, we're going to be there for you, and we're working as hard as we can to get you the support you need," he said.

After the CERB was launched last week, millions of Canadians applied for the emergency fund. Within just days of applying, thousands of people had already received their first $2,000.

As it stands, almost anybody can actually apply for the benefit. That said, if you're later found to have claimed it falsely, you may be required to pay it all back.

Those who have successfully received the cash deposit will be required to reapply every four weeks, as the government's payment system is not automated.

On Wednesday, the PM also spoke to post-secondary students, as well as businesses, and told them that more information would be coming for them soon.

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