Federal Government Extends CERB and Canada-US Border Closure

CERB Extended

On June 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to further support Canadians. The CERB will now be available for up to a total of 24 weeks. The recent announcement extends the CERB for an additional 8 week period.

Beginning July 5, 2020, CERB recipients will need to sign an attestation acknowledging that the government wants them to return to work and encouraging them to consult the government’s job bank. The Federal Government’s official release on the CERB extension can be read here.

Canada-US Border Closure Extended

The Prime Minister also announced that the Canada-US border will remain closed to any non-essential cross-border travel until July 21, 2020. Previously set to expire June 21, 2020, the deal with the United States has been extended for another 30 days.

Recently, the Federal government announced that as of June 8, 2020, it will allow some immediate family members separated by these travel restrictions to cross the border into Canada. This limited exception applies to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, and who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19. Foreign nationals admitted into Canada under this exemption are required to quarantine for 14 days. More information can be found in the Canada Border Services Agency’s news release.

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