Benefit of$ 600 for Canadians with disabilities: the opposition parties will give their support

Prestation de 600$ aux Canadiens souffrant d’un handicap: les partis d’opposition donneront leur appui

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Émilie Bergeron

OTTAWA-The opposition parties will support all probably the federal bill designed to pay a single benefit of$ 600 for Canadians with a disability.

The liberals had attempted to include this provision in a bill which had not received the assent of the opposition, in June. The new piece of legislation, C-20, will be presented to the Commons on Monday afternoon.

The government hopes that this assistance will enable people with disabilities to cover the additional expenses caused by the pandemic.

Wage subsidy

The conservatives are against changes to the wage Subsidy emergency of Canada (SSUC) so that it is simplified. Changes to this program being deployed during the crisis of the COVID-19 are provided in the bill to be filed Monday.

The minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, said last week that the government wanted to make the SSUC more flexible so that more employers can benefit.

It is expected that this subsidy, which covered the original up to 75% of wages for businesses whose revenues have fallen by a specific amount, be extended until December. It was supposed to end last month.

According to the proposed changes, companies that have revenue losses of less than 30%, and the seasonal businesses would be eligible. In addition, the grant would decrease in time from a maximum of 677$ per week per employee in July, to a maximum of$ 226 at the end of October.

Ongoing negotiations

The SSUC and the benefit to Canadians with a disability are included in a bill, C-20, which must be presented to the House of commons. There would also be provisions on judicial time.

The leader of the conservatives, Andrew Scheer, has refused to say Monday morning whether he would support or not the bill in its entirety, indicating that discussions between the parties are still ongoing about the SSUC.

However, the Bloc québécois has already announced that it would support C-20, the bill is sure to be adopted.

“It is late […] compared to what it could be,” said the chief bloquiste Yves-Françcois Blanket about the support provided for people living with a disability.

“But, of course, the Bloc québécois is in favour of it, and the form it will take seems to us, in addition, an improvement compared to the original version of the exercise,” he added, specifying that the Block is for the rapid adoption of C-20.

Mps have been recalled to the Commons on Monday at noon. Prime minister Trudeau, however, will be absent, much to the chagrin of the leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer, who hoped to question him about the scandal, WE Charity.

For his part, Mr. Blanchet declined to respond to several questions of journalists during his press briefing, the subject of the allegations of misconduct of a sexual, do so anonymously, which is the aim.

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