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People who are covered include those who lost their jobs, those who are sick, quarantined, or looking after someone who has COVID-19, as well as parents who have to stay home with children, and contract workers or those self-employed.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) announced will allow applicants to receive $2000 a month for the next four months for those who have lost their income during the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, the Government of Canada said “workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.”
Trudeau said the online portal will be available as soon as possible, and Canadians will get the funds “within 10 days of applying.”
The federal government is looking to get money out “quickly and reliably” and Trudeau said that the system will be up and running by April 6.
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work.
Service Canada is ready to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine, with the following support actions:
Call 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free), the Coronavirus EI hotline for more information
Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job.
Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.
You may be entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits if you:
The number of hours of insurable employment you need to qualify for EIdepends on your situation. However, in all cases, the hours of insurable employment that are used to calculate your benefit must have been accumulated during your qualifying period.
The qualifying period is the shorter of:
What you Need Before You Apply
**If you do not know the earning for each of your highest paid weeks of insurable earnings that is ok. Service Canada will calculate based on your ROE**
To access your Record of Employment you will need a Service Canada account. Visit the following link for more instructions https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/ei-roe.html
For Canadians without paid sick leave (or similar workplace accommodation) who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children, the Government is:
Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:
For over 12 million low- and modest-income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit (GSTC).
The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.
For over 3.5 million families with children, who may also require additional support, the Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefit year, by $300 per child. The overall increase for families receiving CCB will be approximately $550 on average; these families will receive an extra $300 per child as part of their May payment. In total, this measure will deliver almost $2 billion in extra support.
Together, the proposed enhancements of the GSTC and CCB will give a single parent with two children and low to modest income nearly $1,500 in additional short-term support
Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer
The Work-Sharing program is implementing temporary special measures to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business caused by COVID-19. The new temporary special measures are available to employers impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. The measures allows for eligible employers to retain skilled employees and workers to remain employed during the temporary downturn in business due to COVID-19. The temporary special measures will:
Measures are in place to protect businesses, employers and employees from the economic disruption of COVID-19, including:
If you are facing an unexpected emergency, you can apply for emergency financial assistance.
You can get help when:
This allowance can cover costs for:
You must provide proof of need, such as:
To Apply, please call: 1-877-644-9992