CUPE, OUWCC, students raise concerns over CERB qualifications

April 7, 2020

The Canadian Union of Public of Employees, the Ontario University Workers’ Coordinating Committee, and postsecondary students have expressed concerns about student ineligibility for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Dalhousie University fourth-year law student Kathleen O’Brien told Global News that she was dismayed to see that she did not qualify for the benefit because COVID-19 had not caused her to stop working. “Most of us haven’t stopped working, but if our jobs have been cancelled or if our jobs have been postponed indefinitely,” explained O’Brien, “we just don’t have a job to go to.” Meanwhile, OUWCC Chairperson David Simao called on the Government of Ontario to begin offering grants to students unable to access EI or CERB, bridge funding, and other supports for researchers whose work is shut down, ensure comprehensive medical coverage for international students, and direct further support to universities to ensure pay continuity. Global News | Financial Post (National)