"Our country is now coming roaring back and these extra measures will help ensure our recovery is strong, swift and robust” - Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
The federal government is extending multiple COVID-19 benefits due to expire in September for an extra 30 days amid reopening delays and concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.
The Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit are also being extended for the same amount of time.
The feds also confirmed that the maximum number of weeks the CRB can be claimed for has been extended by four additional weeks, to a total of 54 weeks. The extension will continue at a rate of $300 per week, rather than $500 per week.
All of the benefits were originally scheduled to expire on September 25th, but they will now run until October 23rd.
The extensions come with many concerned about the spread of the Delta variant.