The federal government announced extensions of a number of pandemic economic support programs today, including the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
A news release from the Department of Finance says the eligibility period for CRB and CEWS has been extended to Oct. 23. The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will also receive the same extension.
The department also announced that the amount of support available to employers under both the CEWS and CERS programs will be increased for the period of Aug. 29 to Sept. 25.
In the news release, the government says it is extending the programs “in recognition that uneven economic reopening across regions and sectors means workers and businesses continue to need support.”
CRB, which largely replaced the earlier Canada Economic Recovery Benefit, is designed to provide income support to those who are not covered by Employment Insurance (EI). It can pay out between $300 to $500 per week to recipients, depending on when they applied.
The number of weeks claimants can receive the CRB is also getting a boost, to 54 weeks from the previous 50.
Through CEWS, the government partially covers employee wages for businesses that have lost revenue during the pandemic.
“Extending these supports — which have been lifelines for many — is needed,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the release. “This is of particular importance for those workers and businesses that have been hit hardest by the pandemic and are still reopening and rebuilding.”