The federal government is announcing new measures for people whose income has dropped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rules to qualify for the $2,000 a month Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) have been relaxed to include anyone whose income fell to $1,000 a month or less. Seasonal workers and people whose Employment Insurance benefits have recently run out also qualify.
The relaxed rules mean people with reduced hours and pay, as well as those who work in the gig economy will get benefits. Applications can be submitted here.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement during a new conference and says more measures are on the way.
“For others who still need help, including post-secondary students and businesses worried about commercial rent, we’ll have more to say to you very soon.” said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister also says he’ll work with provinces and territories to top up pay for essential workers, including people working in long-term care facilities, who make $2,500 or less.
“For many workers looking after the most vulnerable Canadians, including seniors and those with disabilities, we know conditions have gotten more difficult over the past weeks. And you need support right now,” said the Prime Minister.
Jessy Bains is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jessysbains.