Last week, the federal government announced the following new benefits:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) – $400 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI, who still require income support and are available and looking for work.
- The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) – $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) – $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for:
- a child under age 12 due to the closures of schools or daycares because of COVID-19.
- a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
- a child, a family member with a disability, or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19.
The federal government intends to introduce new legislation to support the implementation of these new benefits.
The federal government also recently announced:
- Modifications to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program
- Applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Period 5 are now open
- CERB program expansion of further four weeks; changes to EI program as government begins to transition away from CERB
Recent announcements from the provincial government include:
- Restaurants can now sit up to ten individuals at one table
- Modifications to multiple gatherings guidelines
Please note, going forward, you will also find Chamber COVID-19 updates in our bi-weekly E-News. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to subscribe to this email list.
As your Chamber, we continue to advocate on your behalf during the COVID-19 recovery period. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Gerard M. Adams
Interim CEO, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce