Backgrounder:  The COVID-19 Response Measures Act

On September 28, 2020, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, introduced legislation to introduce three temporary recovery benefits to support Canadian workers who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Bill C-4, the COVID-19 Response Measures Act (the Act), received Royal Assent on October 2, 2020. The legislation allows the Government of Canada to support Canadian workers through the next phase of the recovery, and to avoid a gap in coverage after they have received their last Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments.