Government pensioners who have lost their backup jobs due to the pandemic can pocket the Canadian Emergency Benefit (CHP) of $ 2,000 a month, despite their attractive retirement pension.
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Annuitants of the public service were surprised to learn that they were entitled to this emergency financial assistance, after having seen a freelance contract suspended because of the coronavirus.
After verification, pension income has no impact on eligibility for ECP, no matter how small.
“Pension income does not affect that eligibility. […] If people have lost a source of income, they are eligible because they lost a job because of COVID-19. These are the criteria for everyone, no matter where the pension comes from, “the office of the Federal Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough, said.
It can even be a federal, provincial or municipal government pension, or even a retirement pension from the various police forces in the country.
Several young retirees from the state or former police officers remain active by offering their services under contract in their area of expertise, which allows them to accumulate an additional income to their retirement pension.
Obviously, these pensioners must meet all the criteria that allow them to receive federal aid, said press secretary Marielle Hossack.
To be eligible for PKU, for example, you must have accumulated an income of at least $ 5,000 in the past year. Note: the amount of the pension does not count in the calculation of this minimum income of $ 5,000 for the past 12 months, insists Ms. Hossack.
Hinder economic recovery
Conservative MP Alain Rayes recalls that the PKU was voted to help Canadians in crisis.
“We realize that the government has greatly expanded the program, so that even people who are not in an emergency because of the effects of COVID-19 have access to the PKU measure” , he laments, in an interview.
Furthermore, the member for Richmond-Arthabaska and political lieutenant for Quebec for the Conservative Party reports that the aid program implemented by the government of Justin Trudeau is hurting economic recovery. “It’s a little crazy like the situation,” he says.
With an unemployment rate close to 20%, companies have difficulty recruiting, notes Rayes.
“The government is putting in place a program that encourages more to stay at home than to go to work,” insists the conservative elected official. People don’t want to work more than 15 or 20 hours a week, or they’ll be penalized in terms of their schedule. ” Indeed, you must have suffered a loss of income and earn less than $ 1000 per month (regardless of retirement income) to be entitled to the ECP and keep it.
The future of the service
Last week, Justin Trudeau once again hinted at the upcoming end of the PKU.
As deconfinement accelerates across the country and citizens are gradually finding their jobs, the Canadian Prime Minister has argued that people “will need it less and less”.