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Ottawa, Sep 30 (Canadian-Media): COVID-19 aid bill, Bill C-4 has been unanimously passed by Canada's House of Commons, after being supported by Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives, in the early hours of Sep 30 enabling the minority Liberal government to survive its first pandemic-era confidence test, media reports said.
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The new legislation would replace the $500-per-week Canada emergency response benefit (CERB), which ended last weekend after helping almost nine million Canadians weather the pandemic's impact, and would enable people affected by the pandemic to access more flexible and generous employment insurance (EI) policy.
Those who still do not qualify for EI can have access to a new Canada recovery benefit.
The unanimous passing of the Bill also assures that at least for now there will be no election as COVID-19 cases spike across the country.
A new sick leave benefit, and a new caregiver benefit for those forced to take time off work to care for a dependent because of the pandemic, are also included in the new legislation.
The Bill still needs to be passed by the Senate, which is scheduled to meet Sep 30 to deal equally quickly with the bill.