PM: ESSENTIAL WORKERS, INCLUDING LONG-TERM CARE EMPLOYEES, TO GET SALARY TOP-UP
Apr 15, 2020
By Bob Komsic
In announcing that part-time and seasonal workers are now eligible to claim the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced more money for front-line workers.
Unveiling the eligibility expansion to the CERB, Trudeau said he’s working with the provinces and territories to hike wages for essential workers who are making less than $2,500-a-month ”as quickly as possible” to keep them on the job.
Given public health care’s a provincial responsibility, this temporary top-up will be shared with provinces and territories.
”For many workers looking after the most vulnerable Canadians, including seniors and those with disabilities, we know conditions have gotten more difficult over the past weeks. And you need support right now,” said Trudeau.
”As we face an unprecedented threat to public health, you are our most important line of defence. We will do whatever we can to help you do your job and support you through this,” the prime minister went on to say.
Trudeau said he plans on discussing this Thursday night during his weekly meeting with premiers and territorial leaders.