Financial

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Support for Families Facing Unemployment
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Support for families who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Improved access to Employment Insurance sickness benefits
If you are sick, quarantined or have been directed to self-isolate, we will waive the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit
We are providing an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This will mean approximately $550 more for the average family. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the Canada Child Benefit do not need to re-apply.  

Special Goods and Services Tax Credit Payment
We are providing a one-time special payment by early May through the Goods and Services Tax Credit for low- and modest-income families. The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples. There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Extra time to file income tax returns
We are deferring the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals. For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.  We will also allow any new income tax balances due, or instalments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020, without incurring interest or penalties.

EI Application – Step by Step Guide
The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

Children’s Aid Foundation Canada – COVID-19 YOUTH SUPPORT FUND
Young people who have “aged out” of Canada’s child welfare system, you are on our minds and in our hearts during what we understand is a very difficult time. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has been very moved by the response to our COVID-19 Youth Support Fund, which is providing grants to help cover short-term and emergency needs while you explore government or other supports.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is providing grants up to $1000 to former youth in care to help support you as you navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Intended to cover short-term needs while you explore government or other supports, these funds can be used to cover expenses such as: housing costs like rent, food, household supplies, mental health counselling, technology support, and other emergency needs. For young people, aged 18 to 29 (inclusive) at the time of application, who were in permanent or temporary care of Ministry of Children and Family Development/Delegated Aboriginal Agency or on a youth agreement as of their 19th birthday.

With full gratitude, we acknowledge we live and work on the traditional unceded territory of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations. We honour the Ancestors and all relations who walked this land long before us.

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