COVID-19: Use CERB extension to plan for transition, adviser says

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According to Service Canada statistics, some 1.15 million British Columbians requested CERB during the economy shutdown caused by a pandemic.

And while employment has rebounded significantly, as the economy recovers about 60 percent of the 400,000 jobs lost in March and April, according to Statistics Canada’s July Labor Force Survey, young workers continue to bear the brunt. an uneven recovery.

Workers in the under-25 population regained 7,200 jobs in July compared with June, but unemployment in this age group remained high at 24 percent, compared to 11 percent in the general population .

And British Columbians under 35 made up the largest pool of CERB applicants with 484,230, 42 percent of the total, compared to 421,300 between 45 and 44, representing 33 percent.

Hannah said the government has indicated that “it will be a fairly easy transition for Canadians from CERB to EI, but they should understand what they are eligible for now, not wait until the last minute.”

For those eligible for EI, minimum payments will be set at $ 400 per week, with relaxed rules for eligibility.

And the government is implementing the Canada Recovery Benefit, a minimum of $ 400 per week for up to 26 weeks for those who do not qualify for EI, such as the self-employed who cannot work or those who do not qualify for EI. who have seen their income decline due to COVID. 19.

It will be less than CERB, but Hannah said people should know how eligible they are “and that gives you an extra month to plan for it. Some people have to make tough decisions. “

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