Over 40 % of Quebecers who were working before the pandemic of the COVID-19 have benefited from the Provision of canadian emergency (PKU).
According to data released Friday by the federal government, 1.9 million Quebecers have received at least one monthly payment of the PCU, to be 2000 $, since the beginning of the crisis.
This represents 42.3% of Quebeckers who had a job in the month of February, just before the arrival of the pandemic, according to data from Statistics Canada.
For Canada, the overall picture is almost exactly similar, since the proportion stood at 42.5% of people who had a job. A total of 8.2 million Canadians have received at least one payment of PKU.
53,5 G$ distributed
Until now, Ottawa has distributed $ 53.5 billion $ in PCU across the country. This amount is well in excess of what was expected when the program is launched by the prime minister Justin Trudeau at the end of the month of march. We expected then to pour$ 40 billion in benefits.
The bill has not finished climbing, since Mr Trudeau has recently announced an extension of the eight-week program.
The PCU has been very criticized. Many worry that it slows the return to work of employees on layoff during the pandemic.
Quebec has not been advantaged or disadvantaged by the PCU. In fact, the proportion of Canadians residing in Quebec received was 22.7 %, which corresponds to a few decimal places to the demographic weight of the province in the country.
Moreover, the data released on Friday also reveal that the workers of 25 to 34 year olds have obtained the PCU in greater numbers among the age groups, which is 404 000 people in Quebec and $ 1.9 million for Canada as a whole.
These are followed by the workers 35 to 44 years, which account for 359 000 people in Québec, and to 1.6 million for the Canada.
It is also noted that the men obtained the PCU in greater numbers than women. In Quebec, the proportion was 55.3 % for males and 44.6% for women. Across the country, it is 51.7 % for men and 48.3 % for women.
Quebec is the province where the men were the most heavily used in the program.