SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS TWEAKING COVID ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Jul 14, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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The Senate finance committee feels there remain major gaps in the Trudeau government’s response to COVID-19.
 
In a just released report, the senators believe the Liberals need to make more improvements to existing aid programs and better plan for what happens once those benefits run out.
”The committee is concerned that the government has not provided sufficient clarity to Canadians who will continue to be unemployed or are unable to find full-time work and to businesses that are looking to reopen,” according to the report.
The committee thinks the government has to spell out just how it intends to continue supporting those without jobs or sufficient working hours once the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) runs out.
Over 8.25-million Canadians have applied for the $2,000-per-month and $54.7-billion has been paid out as of July 5.
The report recommends the Liberals consider reducing the amount paid on a sliding scale based on income rather than suddenly stopping the assistance, which is currently set to end September 30.
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