Conservatives’ Propose ‘Back to Work Bonus’ to Help Workers and Local Businesses

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OTTAWA: Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, joined his Conservative colleagues in announcing a new proposal to improve the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – called Back to Work Bonus. This plan would ensure that Canadians will no longer be put in a position where they will earn less money by working more.

“As our province moves forward with its reopening plan, I’ve heard from many of my constituents wondering how the transition back to a more open local economy will affect them. I’ve listened to your concerns and expectations for the future, and I’m proud to say that Conservatives have put forward a proposal that will help you get ahead. We are focused on getting workers and businesses in this community and across the country back on their feet.” MP Soroka stated.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Conservatives have been putting forward constructive solutions to fix the design flaws in the Liberals’ programs and help deliver better outcomes for Canadians. We are building on that success with the new Back to Work Bonus. We know helping workers and local businesses will drive Canada’s economic recovery.

Under our Conservative plan, Canadians who lost their jobs through no fault of their own during the pandemic will continue to receive their full $2,000 CERB.  In addition, as businesses reopen, workers who make between $1,000 and $5,000 per month would qualify for a CERB top-up that would be gradually phased out by 50 cents for every extra dollar earned over the $1,000 threshold.

For a part-time server making $2,000 per month, the Back to Work Bonus would result in a top-up of $1,500, for a total monthly income of $3,500.

“Our plan is flexible and generous because Conservatives believe it should always pay to work,” MP Soroka said. “After all this country has been through, Canadians should not be penalized for picking up a shift or gradually returning to their job as their employer reopens. We’re going to keep working to get all Canadians the help they need.”

“I hope the government will listen to Conservatives’ and implement these much-needed changes.”