Legislation to support new recovery benefits and extend funding for COVID-19 measures receives Royal Assent

By Employment and Social Development Canada Throughout the pandemic, the Government of Canada has always put the health and well-being of Canadians first. Beginning last spring, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has helped almost 9 million Canadians and their families make ends meet and stay safe. While many Canadians have been able to go back to work safely, there continue to be many who are unable to find work or are underemployed due to the ongoing public health crisis. This fall, as the Government transitions from the CERB to a flexible and more accessible Employment Insurance (EI) program, it is also continuing to support workers in need who do not qualify for EI, and providing new support that will allow Canadians to stay home when they are sick. ...read more

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Backgrounder:  The COVID-19 Response Measures Act

By Employment and Social Development Canada On September 28, 2020, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, introduced legislation to introduce three temporary recovery benefits to support Canadian workers who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Bill C-4, the COVID-19 Response Measures Act (the Act), received Royal Assent on October 2, 2020. The legislation allows the Government of Canada to support Canadian workers through the next phase of the recovery, and to avoid a gap in coverage after they have received their last Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments. ...read more

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Technical briefing on legislation to support new recovery benefits for Canadians unable to work due to COVID-19 

By Employment and Social Development Canada Senior officials from Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency and the Department of Finance will hold a technical briefing on three new temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. The officials will also discuss how Canadians can prepare to apply for these new benefits. ...read more

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Canada Revenue Agency increases flat rate amount for meal claims, and reasonable amount for meal benefits and allowances

By Canada Revenue Agency Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased the amount that employers can use to determine whether an overtime meal or allowance, or the meal portion of a travel allowance is taxable, from $17 to $23. ...read more

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