Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pitching a revision to the existing Canada Emergency Response Benefit to incentivize Canadians to return to work or look for a job as the economy reopens.
As it stands, the program cuts off eligibility to those who make more than $1,000 per month, which the Tories have argued is discouraging Canadian workers from weaning off government aid. Under the Conservatives proposed “Back to Work Bonus,” workers who make between $1,000 and $5,000 per month would receive 50 cents for every extra dollar earned above the $1,000 threshold.
“Canadians want to work but they are understandably concerned about their financial security. This common sense proposal will give workers the support they need to transition back into the workforce and ensure local businesses are able to fill shifts,” said Scheer, speaking in Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Last Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals pledged to extend the benefit by an additional eight weeks as it was set to expire in early July. The total cost of the aid program sat around $44 billion as of early June.
“The reality is that even as we start to reopen, a lot of people still need this support to pay their bills while they look for work,” Trudeau said.
Individual provinces are trying out similar approaches.