1. Three New Recovery Benefit Programs for Workers
Bill C-4 replaces the CERB with the creation of three new recovery benefits to provide support to Canadians who continue to face financial hardship. The three new benefits are effective from September 27, 2020 for one year and are meant to provide support for people who would not traditionally qualify for EI.
Workers may apply for the CRCB and CRSB via the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) starting October 5.
The CRA will begin receiving applications for the CRB on October 12 through the agency’s My Account online portal or by phone through its automated phone line.
2. New Protected Leaves of Absence for Federally Regulated Employees
Bill C-4 also amends the Canada Labour Code with respect to the reasons for which federally regulated employees are entitled to take protected leaves of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
A leave of absence of up to two weeks for workers who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, as set out above, to qualify for the CRSB
A leave of absence of up to 26 weeks to care for a child under the age of 12 or a family member who requires supervised care for the reasons set out above to qualify for the CRCB.
These amendments to the statutory leaves are clearly in line with the new recovery benefit programs introduced by Bill C-4 and are intended to protect workers who will have to take time off work for these reasons.
Bill C-4 can be found here.
This news article provides helpful information about transitioning to the new coronavirus benefits.