A Closer Look

COVID and Income Support in Canada – 1.4 million jobless getting none in April

  • In April there were 1.4 million jobless Canadians without any income support from EI or CERB, up from 895,000 in March.16% of all jobless Canadians had no support in April, down from 30% in March.
  • The largest group of excluded workers (549,000) lost work before March 15th; they didn’t qualify for EI and can’t get CERB.CERB now allows earnings of up to $1,000/month which gives an additional 904,000 Canadian workers access to the benefit.
  • Another 199,000 Canadians who currently make less than $1,000 a month but didn’t make $5,000 last year won’t get CERB.
  • There are 1.4 million Canadians who make between $1,000 and $2,000 a month who will likely try to cut their hours so that they earn less than $1,000 to qualify for CERB.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ 1.4 million jobless Canadians getting no income support in April – Behind the Numbers


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