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While 1 million people applied for EI last week, and millions more worried they couldn’t pay the rent next week, Parliament passed Bill C-13 to provide $2,000 a month for a maximum 4 months to those ineligible for Employment Insurance. Along with increases in the Child Benefit and payment deferrals for income tax and student loans, this is what workers will get from the Trudeau government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit, but not until mid-April when payments will begin to flow.
In Canada’s big cities, that won’t even cover the rent on a one-bedroom apartment, let alone groceries or utilities.
For those lucky enough to still qualify for EI, the wait-time has been cut, but the benefits remain at just 55% of previous earnings. Not enough to live on for long, either.