Welcome to Episode No. 78 – for Tuesday evening, April 7th, 2020. Never before have countries been under so much pressure to secure their citizens against an invisible enemy – at a time when people, products, and services have become so globally intertwined.
I was going through my calendar today and noticed how just months ago, the notes I had scribbled in the margins screamed yesterday’s normal. My daily goals look much different now. But some of the concerns I had expressed back then – namely about the future of work, have actually only become accentuated during this time.
This pandemic, in addition to our health concerns, has brought the issue of work (or lack thereof) and our means to earn a living, front and centre. In this episode, we discuss the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which started Monday, April 6th, 2020, as a temporary measure to provide funds for individuals and families while helping to shore up the economy until the next new normal. This is a plan that had to come about quickly – and so it’s no surprise that it’s not perfect and now seems merely a start. If you’ve been excluded from this benefit or have yet to apply, please stay tuned.
Irek Kusmierczyk, the Parliamentary Secretary to Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion, joins us on today’s show to help answer some of the questions and concerns expressed by listeners of the show. It’s an interesting talk – but by the end of this episode, if you still have concerns, please reach out to me – and I’ll try and source some answers by next show.
We’re going to be okay. We just need a bigger boat. ♡
icon-info-circle Resource Links during COVID-19
As promised on the show, here is a Resource Summary highlighting emergency assistance resources for both individuals and businesses, including the CERB and important dates – click here! I would also like to remind listeners to continue to check Canada.ca for the latest program information as it gets released.
- Click here to apply online!
- To apply by phone, call 1-800-959-2019
- To speak to an agent, call 1-800-959-8281
Irek Kusmierczyk is the parliamentary secretary for Carla Qualtrough, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion, and Member of Parliament for the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh in Ontario.
Irek entered federal politics during the 2019 Canadian Federal election, having first served as a city councilor for the City of Windsor. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, an MSc in Government from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.
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