CERB is ending soon so Justin Trudeau just revealed what happens next
After weeks of anticipation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally revealed the government's plan for what happens after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) comes to an end; the CERB won't be extended but recipients will be transitioned to Employment Insurance (EI).
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Trudeau said that every person currently receiving CERB will continue to be financially supported through various programs.
"No one will be left behind," Trudeau said. "Our goal is to transition everyone on the CERB to Employment Insurance because EI should cover every Canadian that's looking for work."
CERB recipients that don't qualify for EI such as gig workers and contract workers will be included in a "transitional, parallel benefit."
Similarly, the government will create a sickness and caregivers benefit for individuals who need to take care of a sick parent or child and are not covered through their work.
Trudeau said that the government will share more details on the new programs by the end of August.
"Here's the bottom line," Trudeau said. "We intend to cover every Canadian who is looking for work with a better, twenty-first century EI system. That is our goal."
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