As workers and businesses look to get back on track, Kenora MP Eric Melillo is passing along a suggestion. He's proposing a type of phase-out for the CERB.
"What we have right now -- despite record unemployment numbers -- many employers actually reporting staffing shortages. Right now the CERB benefit is penalizing those who want to work, as they lose their benefit once the pass $1,000 of earned income," he said.
The federal Conservatives are suggesting those returning to work can earn up to $5,500 in a month, as the economy reopens. The top-up bonus, as proposed, would encourage workers to return to the workplace, argues party leader Andrew Scheer.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provices $2,000 a month to workers displaced by the coronavirus, and some small businesses and their staff say this is a disincentive for going back to reopening.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet indicated his party's support for the initiative. Last week, Ottawa extended the CERB for another eight weeks.
It was part of an $87 billion package meant to help the country's economy through the coronavirus outbreak.
At its height, the CERB paid out $17-billion a month, when 8 million people were on it. Numbers have declined as 1.2-million recipients returned to work -- or went back on payrolls -- with help of the federal wage subsidy program.
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