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On June 15, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) will be extended, with some changes to reflect the current context as businesses begin to reopen in many parts of the country. The CERB had been due to run out in early July for individuals who have been receiving the benefit retroactive to March 15. Further details about this extension will be announced later this week.

The Prime Minister also again urged employers to take advantage of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) to re-hire employees and help the gradual transition away from the CERB as businesses begin to open

He also encouraged employers who are still struggling to apply for the Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”), for which new applications will begin to be accepted as of Friday, June 19, 2020 under the expanded eligibility criteria announced in May. (For more information about the expansion of the CEBA, please see or FAQ video.)

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