Financial help on the way

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his daily news conference April 6, 2020. (via Facebook)

The Prime Minister says help is coming for people who do not currently qualify for the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit.

Applications for the CERB started Monday and as of 11 a.m. 240,000 people had already applied. For those who have signed up for direct deposit, the money will be deposited in three to five days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government will release new eligibility requirements for those who may not yet qualify for the relief in the next few days.

“If you are working reduced hours, down to 10 hours a week or less we will soon announce how you will be able to qualify for the CERB,” said Trudeau. “This is to help you if you are a gig worker, a contract worker, or a volunteer firefighter.”

He said there will also be further eligibility requirements for those working but making less than they would with the benefit.

“I’m thinking in particular of home care workers or long-term care workers looking after vulnerable seniors,” said Trudeau.

Trudeau said there are people who continue to work in these facilities who do not make as much as they would if they were to receive the CERB.

“We’re looking at how we can increase their pay a little bit so that they do better off remaining at work rather than going off work and receiving the emergency response benefit,” said Trudeau.

The government will continue to accept applications for the CERB throughout the week.