New benefits to replace CERB

On October 2, 2020, Bill C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19 received Royal Assent. Bill C-4 enacts the Canada Response Benefits Act, which creates three new benefits to replace the CERB, which is no longer available as of September 26, 2020. Bill C-4 also amends the Canada Labour Code to … Continued

CERB extension and EI changes now in effect

On August 20, 2020, the federal government announced that it would be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) a further four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks, and would be making temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) regime. The Regulations and Interim Orders associated with these changes are now in force. CERB … Continued

The Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit

On March 25th, the federal government passed emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of particular note for all employers, the legislation introduces the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (the “CERB”) that replaces the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit, which the government had announced last week. Eligibility for the CERB is broadly defined … Continued