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e-2659 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Rowan El-Bialy from Edmonton, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) eligibility requirement that workers not quit their job voluntarily means workers are obligated to return to work if their workplaces re-open;
  • Many provinces are seeking to expand the list of businesses that can re-open, including businesses where workers and consumers cannot physically distance;
  • Many frontline workers at such businesses may not feel safe returning to work at the present, due to being personally at-risk for complications of COVID-19 or caring for someone who is;
  • Those with concerns about their exposure to COVID-19 at their workplace will be left with no choice but to return to work, putting their health as well as the health of their families in jeopardy; and
  • This stipulation is unethical, as it jeopardizes the lives of those workers who are most vulnerable and provides a harmful incentive that can hurt businesses and undermine public health efforts.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to amend the CERB to include workers that quit their job voluntarily due to concerns related to COVID-19.
Open for signature
June 10, 2020, at 9:01 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 10, 2020, at 9:01 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Heather McPherson (Edmonton Strathcona)
July 21, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00300)
Photo - Heather McPherson
Edmonton Strathcona
New Democratic Party Caucus
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