240,000 people request a new COVID-19 service on day 1 despite technical problems


Just under a quarter of a million Canadians applied for the Canada Recovery Benefit on day one of the opening of claims, despite some technical difficulties.The Canada Revenue Agency received more than 240,640 requests for the new benefit on Monday, Janick Cormier, director of communications for the Minister of National Revenue, told CBC News.

The new benefit will pay $ 500 per week for up to 26 weeks and is open to those who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) because they have never contributed or do not have enough money. ‘hours.

This is one in a series of new benefits intended to replace the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as the government seeks to move people to an EI program with expanded eligibility or to the one of the three new services.

Some people on Monday morning said they encountered technical issues as they sought to apply for the financial aid, although a spokesperson for the CRA told CBC News that the technical issues were resolved just before 12:30 p.m. ET.

Canada’s trade-in allowance comes into effect as concerns grow over increasing job losses, with Ontario and Quebec imposing targeted restrictions on restaurants, bars, fitness centers and restaurants. other companies to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In a technical briefing given prior to the opening of applications, Employment and Social Development Canada officials said they expected 890,000 workers to collect the Canadian recovery benefit within weeks and months. to come up.

The now abandoned CERB paid out $ 81.64 billion to 8.9 million people, according to the latest government figures.

New carer, sickness benefits

Another 107,153 people have applied for the new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB) and 58,659 have applied for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) since applications for both opened on Oct. 5, Cormier said.

The carer’s allowance applies to people who are absent from work because they have to care for a child under 12 due to the closure of schools or daycare centers, or because the child or family members are required to self-quarantine because they have contracted the virus or may have been exposed. .

This also applies to people forced to take time off work to care for family members who need specialized care that is not available to them due to COVID-19.

The Caregiver Benefit will provide $ 500 per week for a maximum of 26 weeks to workers who are unable to work for at least 50 percent of the week.

The federal government forecasts that 700,000 Canadian households will apply for the caregiver benefit.

The government has also created a new sick leave benefit that pays up to $ 1,000 over two weeks to people who cannot work because they have contracted COVID-19 or who must self-isolate due to the disease. virus.

The series of new multibillion-dollar benefits come into effect following an acrimonious political battle in Parliament that ultimately saw all parties vote for them, but not before the Liberal government rushes for them.


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