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Aug. 5, 2020 | Wednesday
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Letter from MP Tony Baldinelli: Conservatives proposing Back to Work Bonus
Tony Baldinelli. (File/Brittany Carter)

Dear editor:

While Ontario moves forward with its reopening plan, I’ve heard from a number of residents and local business owners wondering how the transition back to a more open local economy will affect them in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

My Conservative colleagues and I are focused on getting workers and local businesses back on their feet. Conservatives believe it should always pay to work. That is why we are proposing to make the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) more generous and flexible, by introducing the Back to Work Bonus. 

Under our Conservative plan, Canadians who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive their full $2,000 CERB. As businesses reopen, workers who make between $1,000 and $5,000 per month would qualify for the Back to Work Bonus, 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.

After making it through an incredibly challenging few months, Canadians should not be penalized for picking up an extra shift or gradually returning to work as their employer reopens.

Canada’s Conservatives will keep putting forward constructive solutions to get you the help you need.

Sincerely,

Tony Baldinelli
MP, Niagara Falls riding

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