Canada’s unions welcome extension of income supports

June 16, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome the expansion of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which will come as a relief to the millions of Canadians who can’t yet return to work.

“This is very good news for the millions of Canadians who still don’t have a job they can go back to and were growing concerned about paying their bills,” said Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff. “The extension will allow families to continue paying their rent or mortgage and buying groceries.”

The CERB was originally scheduled to end within the next few weeks, leaving many Canadians who lost work due to COVID-19 without work or income support. The new extension to the end of August will allow these workers some peace of mind while waiting for the economy to further re-open.

“We look forward to hearing more details about this extension, as we continue with a safe and steady recovery,” said Yussuff. “We will continue checking in with workers across the country who want to be working but can’t yet. We will continue to advocate on their behalf at the federal level to ensure support stays in place as long as necessary.”

Many businesses are closing or evolving because of the COVID-19 crisis, meaning a lot still hangs in the balance in terms of rebuilding the economy and increasing employment levels. Canada’s unions will continue to be a voice for all workers as we survey the new landscape and pave the way forward.

For more information:
CLC Media Relations
media@clcctc.ca
613-526-7426

Related Articles

Canada’s unions call for a feminist recovery plan

Canada’s unions are marking Gender Equality Week by calling on the federal government to ensure a recovery plan that is rooted in equity and leaves no one behind. This year’s week-long commemoration is happening against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Speech from the Throne. “This pandemic has laid bare the gender inequities in our society,” said Marie…
Read More

Throne speech must move the country forward

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to make firm commitments towards investing in the country’s economic recovery in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. “Social programs like national pharmacare and child care will help to rectify structural inequities that this pandemic has made all the more clear,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.…
Read More

Canada’s unions celebrate BC court rejection of private health care

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions applaud the decision by the BC Supreme Court to uphold the integrity of the country’s single-payer health care system. The Cambie Surgeries Centre case put Canada’s public medicare system on trial and threatened the principle of universal and equal access to health care. The court’s decision to reject the arguments made by Dr. Brian Day is a…
Read More