Ottawa extends the access to the PCU for eight weeks

Ottawa prolonge l'accès à la PCU pour huit semaines

The federal government extended the maximum duration of eligibility for the Provision of canadian emergency (PKU), eight-week, announced by the prime minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday.

“The reality is that even if it takes some of the activities, many people are still in need of this support to pay their bills while they look for work,” he said in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage, Ottawa.

Canadians who are not able to return to work and who have exhausted their benefits as early as July, will continue to receive their 2000$ monthly for some time.

The phare programme has been deployed at the height of the crisis of the COVID-19 ends in October, but the duration of benefit was set at 16 weeks, retroactive to march 15. The period will now be 24 weeks.

The Trudeau government did not need the adoption of a draft law to extend the PCU, and proceeds through the regulatory process.

“In the coming weeks, our government will study the best international practices, in addition to monitoring the economy and the progression of the virus to determine if changes need to be made to the program to better support the people,” he added.

The New democratic Party (NDP) has recently called for an extension of at least four months of the program from PKU.

The Bloc québécois is in favour of an extension, but claims in particular that the PCU be modified to not act as a “disincentive” to the job. The party has suggested for weeks that it is modulated downward when Canadians who take advantage of them earn more than $ 1000 per month.

In addition, the federal prime minister has confirmed, Tuesday, that the ban on non-essential travel between the United States and Canada has been extended until 21 July.

More details will follow…

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