CTF/FCE President CERB Statement
Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, or CERB, will be extended an additional eight weeks is welcome news. Supply teachers and countless education support personnel, many of whom are not eligible for employment insurance, continue to depend on this emergency government support.
This latest extension sees that our colleagues throughout the country will be able to further withstand some of the financial hardships they have faced since the outset of the COVID-19 crisis and accompanying school building closures and cutbacks until schools potentially reopen in September.
However, if we have learned one thing throughout this experience it is that the easing of safety precautions, such as physical distancing, cannot be determined by a set date. No matter how eager we may be to return to a sense of normalcy, we must plan for more difficult months ahead.
The CTF/FCE is pleased that the government recognized the need for additional support until the reopening of school buildings and we are committed to working with all partners to support members of the education community during this unprecedented situation.
Shelley L. Morse
Canadian Teachers’ Federation