OTTAWA-Nearly half a million Canadians are availing themselves of the Benefit of the canadian emergency for students (PCUE) in the space of two weeks.
According to data published by Ottawa Friday, 478 399 applications have been approved up to now, for a total of 652,6 million $ paid in benefits.
The PCUE, for which registrations began may 15, is intended to provide 1250 $ per month to post-secondary students who are deprived of employment this summer, or who have a monthly income of $ 1000 or less.
Those who have a dependant or who have disabilities affecting about the benefits of the $2000.
Many fear that many young people are turning their backs on odd jobs for a rather touch the PCUE, such as agricultural producers who are in need of labour.
This same concern with a “disincentive” to employment has also been expressed in respect of the Provision of canadian emergency (ECP) regularly, including by the prime minister of quebec, François Legault.
Ottawa argues that young people want to definitely work and gain experience. The federal government is committed to create 76 000 positions for young people as those provided to the Canada summer Jobs program and announced on Tuesday that it will support 700 jobs in the agricultural environment.
The Trudeau government hopes that more service providers will be covered by the wage subsidy, rather than by the PCU.
Only 289 525 applications had been received as of the date of Monday. Ottawa has so far spent $ 7.9 billion in wage subsidies, but expected to shell out at least $ 73 billion $ for this assistance.
The program is designed to cover 75 % of the salary of employees of companies affected by the crisis of the COVID-19, up to a maximum of $ 847 per week per worker.
More than eight million Canadians have availed themselves of the PCU, which provides $ 2000 per month to those who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic or do not earn that 1000 $ or less.