Last week, the federal government announced plans to move Canadians off the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and onto an updated Employment Insurance system. The CERB was an early response to the pandemic to help Canadians who suddenly lost their income as the economy was shut down.
Some employers have voiced concern that the CERB has made it harder for them to get staff back to work. The new program will make it easier for people to begin earning money without having their benefit clawed back, and will better protect contract workers.
The government also announced it was extending the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program. It now covers July and August.
The Chamber continues to ask landlords, who must apply for the subsidy on behalf of their tenants, to work with their customers to ensure the long-term health of businesses.