This week, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was officially extended for two additional months. CERB-eligible recipients will be able to receive $2,000 per month over the two extra months.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension of the CERB during a statement on Tuesday. However, he did encourage Canadians to seek work and return to work if/when possible.
CERB recipients are required to sign attestations acknowledging their understanding that the government has encouraged them to seek work. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office confirmed the attestation will be in place by July 5th.
Qualtrough stated that “while the CERB has been helping millions of Canadian workers get through this difficult time, we know that this benefit is not a long-term solution,” she said. “We are moving from a phase in the pandemic where we were asking everyone to stay home, to a phase where workers are going back to work when it is safe and possible for them to do so.”