Previously, the Liberals proposed two benefits - one to flow through the employment insurance system and another for those who don't qualify for EI benefits, such as self-employed workers.
"Trudeau also said the online portal will be available soon, and Canadians will get the funds, ".within 10 days of applying".
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says they are targeting April 6 for the delivery date.
"Like I said from the start we will adapt our approach wherever needed", Trudeau explained in a briefing live-streamed on the APTN News Facebook page Wednesday.
"Families are anxious about when they'll get help".
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children, who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.More news: Coronavirus impact: Centre to provide Rs 170000 crore relief package
Morneau said the federal government is also working with Canadian banks to credit available to businesses, but that benefit program is not ready yet.
The programme will replace a pair of initiatives, the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit, that were announced last week.
The House of Commons passed emergency legislation for the federal government's $82-billion COVID-19 aid package early Wednesday morning, after a day of negotiations. It can be hard to get through on the line and it is frustrating.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement yesterday.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who this week called on the Liberals to provide $2,000 payments to all Canadians, tweeted that the "announcement isn't ideal, but it will help so many people".
Since March 16, 143,000 claims have already been processed and during that week nearly one million people applied for EI.More news: Is Katrina Kaif collaborating with Amitabh Bachchan for a film?
The Prime Minister says he understand people are concerned about delays. "If you are still employed but not receiving income because of this crisis, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is there for you".
The government is also planning to provide financial support to journalists and media organizations to help them continue reporting on the pandemic.
Local governments have been increasing social-distancing measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, which has led thousands of businesses to close their doors.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government is invoking the Quarantine Act to mandate that all worldwide travellers self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada.
As the Star's Susan Delacourt points out, "bounding out of his home" after a two-week sequestration "would not exactly fit with the message of self-discipline that Trudeau has been ratcheting up this week in his daily press conferences".More news: Elton John to host coronavirus benefit concert with Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish