Trudeau says federal government will create EI-like benefits for contract workers

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the government will create a transitional benefit to help workers who are running out of emergency pandemic aid and are not eligible for EI.Canada’s $ 80 billion emergency response benefit is expected to end in the next few weeks, and those who qualify for EI will move to this separate program.

Speaking this morning, Trudeau said many people who do not qualify for the program, such as on-demand workers or contract workers, will have access to a parallel transitional benefit similar to EI.

It will also include access to training and the ability to work longer hours without having such a large clawback in benefit payments, Trudeau said.

He says more details will be released at a later date.

The most recent figures on the CERB show that as of July 26, the government had paid out $ 62.75 billion in benefits to 8.46 million unique applicants since its launch.

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