The special COVID-19 Employment Insurance and Recovery Benefits will soon run out for many. People are already struggling to make ends meet with these benefits and cannot do without them. The whole economy is also impacted as these benefits have sustained consumer spending at local businesses during COVID-19.
COVID-19 and its impacts are far from over. The government must extend the Canada Recovery Benefit, Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and Employment Insurance until at least December 31, 2021 or until the pandemic is over. A permanently improved Employment Insurance system in terms of benefits and access is also needed.