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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Program to replace previously announced COVID-19 support programs

BY , Mar 25, 2020 5:05 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:33 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau steps out of Rideau Cottage to speak with the media about measures Canada will enact to fight the COVID-19 virus in Ottawa, Monday March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The new benefit for workers losing income because of the COVID-19 pandemic will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months.

It's being called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and is designed to streamline the programs the Liberal government had previously proposed as part their $27 billion in direct support to Canadians.

The benefit is part of legislation being studied by Parliament today with the hopes it becomes law this afternoon.

The application program for the new benefit should open in early April.

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