Feds Told to Ease EI, Use Tax Credits to Ease Coronavirus Economic Impact

March 9, 2020 Updated: March 9, 2020

OTTAWA—The Trudeau Liberals are being urged to ease access to federal sick leave benefits, along with tax credits and other breaks, to help workers and businesses deal with the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The ideas being floated to the government are intended to help employees who feel they might not be able to afford to stay home from work if they’re ill, as well as small businesses who might not have the cash flow they need to manage the impacts of COVID-19.

The business groups pushing for these measures say federal officials appear open to easing access and potentially waiving the waiting period for employment insurance benefits for workers who need to go under quarantine.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is set to speak later today, said Friday that plans for Ottawa to help with these challenges were on the way.