Trudeau made the announcement during his daily press briefing at Rideau Cottage Tuesday morning.
“If you’ve been getting the CERB and you still can’t work because you’re unable to find a job or it’s just not possible, you will keep getting that $2,000 a month over the next few weeks,” he said.
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The federal government opened applications for the aid program on April 6.
Trudeau said moving forward, the government is looking at “international best practices” and will “monitor the economy and the progression of the virus to see what changes, if any, need to be made to the program so that more people are properly supported.”
He said the Canadian economy is recovering slowly from the mass closures ordered to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus but said there is a long way to go.
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“This pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for our country and we’re going to make sure that all of our supports, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and employment insurance, are working effectively to get Canadians back on their feet,” he said.
Extending the CERB has been a demand from the New Democrats in exchange for the party’s support for the minority Liberals in an upcoming confidence vote.
Asked by reporters how much the extension is expected to cost, Trudeau said they will share “detailed figures” with the finance committee.
But, he said the government hopes as the economy reopens, fewer people will need to access the benefit.
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Trudeau said more companies are re-hiring their employees with help from the wage subsidy program.
“We hope that the cost will go down,” Trudeau said in French. “However, we will have more detailed projections for you shortly.”
The prime minister also announced Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend the current border closure until July 21.
— With a file from Global News’ Rachael D’Amore and The Canadian Press
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