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LIVE: Emergency benefit expanded to include workers earning $1,000 or less

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says benefit expanded to include gig economy; wages to be increased for some essential workers


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an expansion of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Wednesday.

The benefit will now include workers earning $1,000 or less, seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of employment insurance benefits. 

Trudeau says the federal government will also be increasing pay for essential workers earning less than $2,500 per month. 

The prime minister told Canadians during Wednesday's address that he will be meeting with premiers tomorrow in an effort to formulate a coordinated response for COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care facilities, which account for nearly half of all coronavirus-related deaths in Canada.  

Original story:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to brief Canadians at 11:15 a.m. on COVID-19 in what has become his daily address from Rideau Cottage.

Village Media will carry the livestream.