Canadian Bill C-4 Response to Covid-19

The Canadian population has been struggling to keep the economy circulating due to the horrific threat of the recent pandemic and it's lingering effects. The government has stepped in taking a step beyond the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit with the new Bill C-4 for caregivers and those who are battling the Covid-19 virus.

 

Please follow the following link to view the full first-reading: Bill C-4

 

  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)-Those unable to work for at least 50% of the week, due to caring for a child under the age of 12 because school/daycare and care facilities are closed due to Covid-19, or because said child is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications due to Covid-19. Based on my interpretation of the legislation, the child does not have to be sick but can simply be required to quarantine due to exposure to a Covid positive person. This rule also applies to caring for other family members. This benefit constitutes $500.00 per week for up to a maximum of 26 weeks. The difference with these benefits, as compared to regular E.I benefits, is that Canadians will have to apply each week they are eligible and meet the criteria.

 

  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)-Those unable to work for at least 50% of the week, due to themselves having contracted Covid-19, are self-isolating for reasons related to Covid-19 or have contracted a separate illness and are undergoing treatment which might make them more susceptible to Covid-19. The latter must be verified by a qualified medical professional, “person in authority” or “government or public authority”. Those who meet the criteria are also eligible for $500.00 per week but only up to a maximum of 2 weeks.
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