The Trudeau government is moving to close a loophole in the Canada Recovery Sick Benefit (CRSB) following concerns about Canadians returning from vacation and claiming the CRSB during the 14-day quarantine while they are off work.
“No one should be vacationing abroad right now,” Trudeau said. “So many people gave up so much more than just a vacation over the holidays. There’s a reason so many Canadians made those tough, but responsible decisions. There’s a reason why so many Canadians did their part. It was for the people around them.”
The CRSB was created to provide $500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions that make them more at risk to the illness.
“It is not intended for travellers who are quarantining when they return home from holiday. This program was created to give people sick leave if they needed it and otherwise wouldn’t have one from their employer. It’s not there to pay for someone’s post-vacation quarantine.”
The program was unveiled in the summer. It remains to be seen if the change can happen before Parliament resumes at the end of January.
Trudeau reminded Canadians who travel abroad that they must show a negative COVID-19 test before they return and they must self-isolate for two weeks when they get back.
“You need to take this seriously. Not following the rules could mean real consequences, including fines and prison time,” Trudeau said.