Canada’s Conservatives Working to Ensure Nobody Falls The Cracks

April 2, 2020
Every Canadian has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want everyone in our community to know that you are in my thoughts, that my team and I are working hard for you, and that we will get through this together.
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the federal government has put forward a number of measures designed to provide support to Canadians who have been laid off and small businesses that are hurting.
Some of those benefits include increasing the Canada Child Benefit, extra time to file income taxes, and a goods and services tax credit.
Two of the largest steps taken by the government are the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
The CERB will provide Canadians with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. The benefit will be available to workers:
  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
For more information on the CERB and application instructions, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will cover 75% of salaries for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
When it was first announced, the subsidy would only be covering 10% of wages. My Conservative colleagues and I fought for the needs to increase the subsidy, including through this post on Facebook. You can see my post below.
I was pleased when the government increased the wage subsidy from 10% to 75% late last week. The Finance Minister has stated that the application will be available through the Canada Revenue Agency six weeks from now. However, many small businesses can’t wait six weeks to receive their much-needed funds. Additionally, the Finance Minister has not been clear about how long it will take for the funds to be distributed after applying.
Canadian families, small businesses, and healthcare workers need our support. It’s Conservatives who are ensuring that nobody falls through the cracks.
We have been providing constructive ideas in the fight against COVID-19, and the Prime Minister is listening.
First, when the Prime Minister closed the borders to non-Canadians, we called on the government to stop the flow of illegal border crossers into Canada, particularly at Roxham Road. The government listened, and they have shut out illegal border crossers for the time being.
Next, a handful of Conservative MPs returned to Ottawa with the aim of swiftly passing the government aid bill that would see $82 billion dollars in relief go to Canadians. We focused on getting that support out the door and into Canadians’ hands as quickly as possible so that no one worries about putting food on the table or paying their rent.
Thanks to our diligent and compassionate work, the House of Commons unanimously passed a vastly improved bill that got help directly into the hands of Canadians, while maintaining the integrity of our democratic system.
I’m proud of our work, but I understand that the current government measures don’t cover everyone. I will continue to put forward solutions to ensure that no one is left behind. I always welcome feedback as to how the government can better help you, your family, and your business.
If you aren’t already, I encourage you to monitor my website for daily updates as the situation develops here: http://www.blakerichards.ca/covid-19-information/
Myself and my staff remain ready to assist with any issues you may be having. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with suggestions, feedback, or inquiries at blake@blakerichards.ca or 1-800-667-0410.
Stay safe.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is sufficient to meet the needs of Canadian workers and business? Let me know by clicking here.