If you’ve lost your income during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can now apply to receive financial assistance from the federal government.
People across the country can now sign up for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
This program will provide $2,000 a month, $500 a week, over the next four months.
“This new benefit will help Canadian workers pay their bills and keep a roof over their head,” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, in a release.
Anyone who is approved for the program will receive their first payment within three to five business days.
The program will be available until October 3, 2020, and will be backdated to March 15, 2020.
“Our priority is to ensure that Canadians receive the money they need as quickly as possible,” added Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, in a release.
Meanwhile, the Liberals are reminding anyone who’s signed up for employment insurance that they don’t need to reapply.
So far, over 1.2 million of the EI applications received since March 15 have been processed through the new CERB.