Send a message: Restore $500/week in federal income support & Fix EI!

Omicron is now a full-blown emergency and needs an emergency response. We are calling on the federal government to immediately reinstate the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to provide $500 in weekly income support to all those who need it and provide immediate reforms to Employment Insurance to ensure accessibility and adequate support. 

What workers need:

1. Restore $500/week in federal income support
2. Grant repayment amnesty for low-income claimants who received federal COVID benefits
3. Eliminate restrictive rules that make it harder for workers to access it
4. Make changes retroactive to October 23, 2021, when CRB ended, not just to December 19
5. Immediate action on permanent reforms to EI:

  • 360 hours or 12 weeks to qualify for EI, 50-weeks duration for benefits and an end to regressive disqualifications;
  • The 7-days-without-income rule is too harsh for multiple jobholders or those who have lost hours but not their whole income.
  • $500 per week minimum in benefits, 75% of income and a higher cap on insured income
  • A new annual federal government contribution to EI to help pay for improvements and ensure EI acts as an automatic economic stabilizer at times of crisis
  • To be effective as an economic stabilizer AND as a social safety net, EI must be made accessible to those in non-standard work, including migrant workers and those wrongly classified as “independent contractors.”

Please send a letter to your elected representatives.