WHILE PARENTS WORRY about sending their kids back to school in September, millions will be without work and without government assistance. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) runs out in September. It provided $500/week to pay the rent and buy groceries.
The future looks especially bleak for those previously employed in the service sector. They represent the largest sector — three out of every four jobs. With isolation measures in place, many jobs in the food and tourist accommodation sectors are lost for a long time.
Without CERB, a cloud of debt hangs over the unemployed. Canadians owe $1.77 for every dollar available to spend as of June, 2020.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.