Friday 19 February 2021

Canadian government to extend COVID-19 emergency benefits

Global News shows that the Canadian government is extending many of its emergency COVID-19 benefits as the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic continues.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit will be extended by 12 weeks. Also, another two weeks will be added to the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

The Canadian government is also increasing Employment Insurance (EI) availability to 50 weeks in total, meaning an additional 24 weeks can be claimed.

Canada has had a recent decline in COVID-19 cases, however the daily virus numbers are under threat from new variants that could cause the numbers to go up.

If there exists a possibility that some vaccines can be stored at higher temperatures, this would make it easier for the products to get to remote and low-income regions. Health Canada is in discussions about these issues.

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