Key Actions Since 2015 to Support Workers

  • Established a $15 federal minimum wage, which comes into effect this December, and will rise with inflation.
  • Permanently extended the EI sickness benefits from 15 to 26 weeks, coming into effect in summer 2022.
  • Created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) to provide direct support for eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.
  • Introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which has helped businesses keep more than 5 million Canadians at work since the start of the pandemic.
  • Introduced the Canada Training Credit (CTC), which is a new refundable tax credit to help Canadians with the cost of eligible training fees.