Benefits may ease financial burden for immigrants through pandemic
September 10, 2020
By CIC News
Canada continues to implement new measures to help its citizens and stimulate the economy, many of which are accessible to immigrants.
Among the most recently implemented measures is the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the end of September, bringing the total duration of benefits to 28 weeks. As a result, the many individuals for whom payments were expected to end in August will now have access to an additional month of support.
CERB is a temporary income support program for people who are impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic. The program provides $2,000 per month to those affected.
To qualify for emergency benefits, offered by the Canadian government, temporary foreign workers and international students must meet the same criteria as Canadians. Temporary residents must also live in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).