Make Single-Earner Families Eligible to the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

Make Single-Earner Families Eligible to the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted families across Canada. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, while helpful for many, has been a source of stress and frustration for many single-earner families, such as my own.

I am asking the Prime Minister, Mr Justin Trudeau, and any other government officials, to please expand the eligibility requirements for the response benefit to better address the needs of families depending on a single income. I believe that there are many small families, regardless of the pandemic, where one spouse earns money to cover all the necessary costs while the other stays home to care for the children. There are also many stay-at-home moms, like myself, who are trying to complete their education at the same time and have not been employed for many years and have not earned any significant income as a result.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our spouses have been temporarily laid-off or have lost their jobs and they have had no choice but to apply for employment insurance. The basic rate for calculating EI benefit, with 55% of one’s average insurable weekly earnings and up to a maximum of $573/week, therefore only leads to $2,292/month. While this amount may be enough for many families across the country, in British Columbia in particular, it hardly covers the rent for a property in the Greater Vancouver area to house a small family of four such as ours. And that is to say nothing of all the other basic costs of living.

For parents, such as myself, who have not earned more than $5,000 in the previous year and do not qualify for this emergency care benefit, we will not be receiving any support from the Canadian government. Families who have been living on a single income in recent years face even worse financial pressure than dual earners to cover the costs of living, such as groceries, insurance, and loans among many others. Without the government’s assistance, single-earner families are now facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainties, leaving these families to wonder how we are going to make ends meet.

I am imploring the Canadian government to please re-evaluate the requirements for parents who have not earned any income in recent years due to childcare, and any related issues. Please re-evaluate the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to better address the needs of single-earner families who are struggling right now to put food on the table and keep a roof over the head of their children. Without knowing when our lives will return to normal, and especially when our spouses will be able to return to work, we will continue to face extraordinary financial pressure in the weeks and months to come.  

Please sign this petition and help single-earner families, like mine, to bring attention to this issue, and hopefully change Canadian benefit policies.

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