The federal authorities says it’ll quickly introduce laws to shut “an accident of law” that enables Canadians who travelled overseas to assert as much as $1,000 in sick pay whereas quarantining again dwelling.
Canadians have been been capable of apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) in the event that they’re unable to work for at the very least half of their scheduled work week as a result of they’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 or are isolating because of the virus.
However, the profit has lately come beneath fireplace from critics who say pandemic support might be going to Canadians finishing their necessary 14-day quarantine after coming back from private holidays overseas.
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough introduced as we speak she will likely be proposing laws in order that worldwide travellers who have to quarantine upon returning to Canada — together with folks coming back from trip, visiting family members and attending to actual property issues overseas — won’t be eligible to obtain help for the interval of their necessary quarantine, retroactive to Jan. 3, 2021.
Individuals who’re exempt from the necessary quarantine necessities beneath the Quarantine Act, akin to health-care staff who have to cross the border for work, will nonetheless be eligible to use.
“The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, along with the other recovery benefits, was never intended to incentivize or encourage Canadians to disregard public health advice,” reads Monday’s assertion.
“Rather, these benefits were put in place to ensure Canadian workers could continue to make ends meet during the pandemic, and that no Canadian would have to make the choice between putting food on the table or going to work sick.”
Government has been signalling change
The authorities additionally stated the Canada Revenue Agency is updating the applying course of for the profit. Applicants will now want to point whether or not they had been self-isolating or in quarantine on account of worldwide journey for claims overlaying a interval starting on or after Jan. 3.
According to the discharge, the CRA will delay processing claims for people who’re self-isolating or in quarantine due to worldwide journey for the approaching weeks till the legislative course of is full.
Those who meet the sick profit standards are eligible for $500 per week — or $450 after taxes are withheld — for a most of two weeks. As of Jan. 3, about 299,090 distinctive candidates have accessed the profit.
The Liberal authorities has been signalling plans to vary the regulation for the reason that new 12 months.
“The idea that you can voluntarily decide to disrespect public health advice, go on an international trip and come back and, because you have to quarantine, somehow apply for a sickness benefit makes no sense at all,” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc instructed CBC News Network’s Power & Politics final week.
“It’s an accident of law.”
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