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The prime minister said that the House of Commons passed the emergency bill for Canada's $82 billion aid package for those affected by COVID-19.

People who have been laid off, those who are sick, caretakers and self-employed workers can receive up to $2,000 a month for four months, the prime minister said Wednesday.

The bill was introduced yesterday during a special session, but it was held up over the minority Liberal government's decision to add new rules that would allow the Minister of Finance to make sweeping changes to tax rules and spending, without legislative approval.

"Companies don't need to separate their employee from their company".

"Like I said from the start we will adapt our approach wherever needed", Trudeau explained in a briefing live-streamed on the APTN News Facebook page Wednesday. CERB will be available until October 3rd. According to reports, almost 1 million Canadians have applied for employment insurance in the past week as thousands of jobs continue to be slashed in the wake of the pandemic.

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After the Tories' signal that they wouldn't consent to measures that would have effectively removed Parliament's oversight of the federal treasury, the Liberals paused the emergency sitting of the Commons minutes after it began and the back-room bargaining began.

An emergency federal bill to give the government billions of dollars to spend to help anxious workers, families and employers cope with COVID-19 is now law. "Help is on the way".

Canadians who have already applied for EI and whose application has not yet been processed would not need to reapply, the website said.

The package, which Parliament approved earlier yesterday, includes an additional C$55 billion in tax deferrals.

"Today's announcement isn't ideal, but it will help so many people", Singh said.

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TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note that the benefit should ease the burden on businesses, but there is still a need to help small- and medium-sized businesses. "We will always ensure that our system works in a robust way both around accountability and helping Canadians as quickly as is necessary in these exceptional circumstances". An online portal will be launched and after applying for relief, it will be 10 days when people will see the money. A $300 top up for each child under the Canada Child Benefit and an increase in GST rebates can't go out until May, he said.

The PM's statement comes as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his MPs will help pass emergency economic measures that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week to cushion the blow from COVID-19.

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"The hard truth is that people are out of work because of this crisis and anxious about what comes next".

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