On April 15, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an expansion for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to include both contract and part-time workers.
Under this expansion of the program, any individual making $1,000 or less per month may apply for CERB. This is intended to support contract and gig workers as well as those in essential roles that are making $1,000 or less a month.
This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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