Manitoba pays$ 2000 to its citizens so that they return to work

Le Manitoba paie 2000$ à ses citoyens pour qu'ils retournent au travail

Discouraged to see that workers prefer to continue to receive the Benefit of canadian emergency (PCU) rather than return to work, the Manitoba government has decided to pay for that they give up the PCU.

The Prairie province has announced on Tuesday that it will pay 2000$ for Manitobans, which will depart from the PCU to return to work. Employees will receive$ 500 for their return in the post, followed by three further payments of$ 500 spread out over the six weeks following, provided that they work at least 30 hours per week.

The PCU currently allows laid off workers because of the pandemic to receive$ 2000 per month. Several actors of the labour market have argued that the program has become a disincentive to hiring, many Canadians are preferring to continue to receive the benefit, whether by fear of being exposed to the virus by returning to work or by lack of will.

“Although these programs have helped Canadians deal with financial challenges caused by the pandemic, the PCU has become a barrier preventing some from returning to work,” explained the prime minister of Manitoba, Brian Pallister.

The province hopes that its incentive program return-to-work would bring “tens of thousands of Manitobans” get back to work. “The best thing we can do to speed up the economic recovery of Canada is to find ways safe to bring people back to work,” commented the president of the canadian Federation of independent business, Dan Kelly, quoted in a press release from the alberta government.

The Manitoba, which account finance 100% of the return to work program, has not said how much the latter cost.

The PCU has been extended, the last week, until the 29th of August and could cost up to 71.3 G$, according to the parliamentary budget officer. Approximately 8 million Canadians have benefited from it.

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