National Aid for Individuals
- Taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for 4 months
- Meant for wage earners who would not otherwise be eligible for EI
- Stopped working because of COVID-19 (incl. self employed, contractors) and do not qualify for EI and have no access to paid leave or other income support
- Still working but are not getting paid (meant to help businesses keep their employees)
- Sick, in quarantine or taking care of sick family member due to COVID-19
- Working parents who must now stay home to look after children due to school and daycare closures
- Applications available in April (via My CRA), receive benefits 10 days after
- People to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
- CERB extended to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- CERB extended to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
The Government is providing up to 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 CCB do not need to re-apply.
A one-time special payment starting April 9 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.
- The filing due date for 2019 income tax returns for individuals has been deferred until June 1, 2020. Any new income tax balances due, or installments, are also being deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.
- Note: If you expect to receive benefits under the Goods and Services Tax credit or the Canada Child Benefit, we encourage you not to delay filing your 2019 income tax return to ensure that your entitlements are properly determined.
- Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19.
- This includes permitting lenders to defer up to six monthly mortgage payments (interest and principal) for impacted borrowers.
- Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship as a result should contact their financial institution regarding flexibility for a mortgage deferral. This gives flexibility to be available − when needed − to those who need it the most.
- You are encouraged to visit your bank’s website for the latest information, rather than calling or visiting a branch.
- The federal government will reduce required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020, to provide flexibility to annuitants who might otherwise be forced to liquidate investments to meet minimum RRIF withdrawal requirements.
- The Response Plan announced on March 18, 2020, also notes that similar rules will apply to individuals who are receiving variable benefit payments under defined contribution registered pension plans.
- All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.
- Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
- This moratorium applies to the federal portion of student loans. Borrowers should check with their provincial or territorial student loan provider to see if payment is required on the provincial or territorial portion.
Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program
We are making temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to allow employers to:
- receive an increased wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
- extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
- adapt their projects and job activities;
- hire staff on a part-time basis.
- $305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.
- These funds could be used for measures including, but not limited to:
- support for Elders and vulnerable community members,
- measures to address food insecurity,
- educational and other support for children,
- mental health assistance and emergency response services,
- preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- 9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports.
- Organizations who received funding under the 2019-2020 New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based stream will be able to use their funding to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.
- Activities can start immediately and can include:
- supporting seniors in staying connected with their community and family by providing electronic devices, virtual activities and remote tutorials;
- supporting the delivery of food and medication to self-isolated seniors at home;
- assisting seniors to undertake essential activities, such as visits to the doctor;
- hiring staff to replace a loss of a senior volunteer due to the outbreak;
- providing information to seniors regarding how to care for themselves during the pandemic.
Provincial Aid for Individuals
- $1,000 one-time, tax-free benefit
- Eligible for any BC resident who receives EI or CERB
- One-time payment will be in May 2020
- The B.C. government has made two changes to the Employment Standards Act to support workers both during the COVID-19 public health emergency and in the long term.
- The government said in a written statement the changes will allow workers immediately to take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19.
- This means workers who are ill, need to self-isolate, need to care for their child or other dependent, or whose employer is concerned that the employee may expose others to risk, will be able to take leave without putting their job at risk.
- Additionally a permanent change was implemented to provide up to three days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury.
- Up to $500 a month towards rents paid directly to landlords (application process to be announced)
- Evictions are NOT permitted for any reason (with exceptions for health, safety, risk of property damage)
- Rent increases are NOT permitted
- Rent freeze effective April 1
- Access to rental unit by landlord without consent is not allowed (with exceptions for health, safety, risk of property damage)
- Restriction of use of common areas are permitted to protect against transmission of COVID-19
Availability: July 2020
- Eligible families of 4 receive up to $564
- Eligible individuals receive up to $218
- Dependent on municipality
- Vancouver – 60 days
- Existing deferral programs for seniors & families with children (applications in May)
If you are not receiving federal Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and are on:
- Income Assistance
- Disability Assistance
- Comforts Allowance
- BC Senior’s Supplement
You will automatically receive a $300 supplement on your cheques issued in April, May, and June. No action is required on your part.
If you are receiving federal EI or the CERB and receiving:
- Income Assistance
- Disability Assistance
You will not be eligible for the $300 supplement.
CERB and EI are temporarily exempt, meaning they will have no effect on your regular Income Assistance or Disability Assistance.
Apply for the CERB
Applications will open on April 6, please visit the federal website for instructions.
- Starting March 30, 2020, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.
If you are on Disability Assistance and receiving the BC Bus Pass:
- There is a current province-wide suspension of BC Transit and Translink bus fares
- You will automatically receive the $52 Transportation Supplement on your cheque starting in April
- This will continue for as long as BC Transit and Translink are suspending fares
- No action is required on your part. Your bus pass will not be cancelled and will remain active for use on Sky Train and Sea Bus services. You will not need to re-apply once fares are re-instated
- For people already receiving the Transportation Supplement of $52, there is no change and no action is required on your part
- Defer payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty
- 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376)
- Customer Crisis Fund Grant
- must have overdue payments and be facing disconnection
- have an outstanding balance of $1,000 or less, and should have demonstrated some attempt to make payments towards your bill
- No disconnection regardless of amount owing
- No late payment fees
- In an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, B.C. drivers can now renew their licences online and defer Autoplan payments for up to 90 days.
- In a March 24 news release, the Insurance Corp. of B.C. said customers can renew by calling 1-800-950-1498 up to six weeks in advance of their licences expiring. ICBC had already suspended road tests due to the novel coronavirus.
Credit Card, Lines of Credit Payment Deferral
Dependent on lender
Call your financial institution
Be mindful of accumulating interest
on deferred payments
Utility Payment Deferral
- Residential customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider.
- This program is available to Albertans who are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19, such as those who have lost their employment or had to leave work to take care of an ill family member.
- Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments.
Student Loans Repayment Deferrals
6 month, interest free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all Albertans in the process of repaying these loans.
- Alberta Student Loan repayments will be paused for 6 months, beginning March 30, 2020.
- Interest will not accrue during this period. This mirrors the approach of the Canada Student Loans Program.
- Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
- Borrowers may continue making payments during this period if they choose and this will not affect their eligibility to receive the benefit.
Banks and Credit Unions
Alberta credit unions
- Credit union members will have access to a variety of programs and solutions designed to ease difficulties with loan payments and short-term cash flow.
- Contact your credit union to work out a plan for your personal situation.
ATB Financial customers
- Personal banking customers can apply for a deferral on their ATB loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to 6 months.
Increased Security for Alberta Renters
- Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1.
- Effective immediately, rents will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect.
- Effective April 1, late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.
- Effective April 1, landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.
The program is anticipated to cost a total of $10 million and will mostly benefit self-employed residents of Saskatchewan that meet the following eligibility criteria:
- They have contracted COVID-19 or are showing symptoms;
- They have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19;
- They have recently returned from international travel and have been required to self-isolate;
- If they are not eligible for compensation including sick leave, vacation leave from their employer
- If they do not have private insurance covering such disruptions
- If they are not covered by other programs such as federal employment insurance that has been updated.
- Government is temporarily suspending eviction hearings as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
- Government announced a crown utility interest deferral program waving interest on late bill payments for up to six months.
- Effective immediately, the crown utility interest deferral program is available to all crown utility customers.
- Effective immediately, a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place, mirroring a similar federal provision.
- This provides individuals with student loans immediate relief, and comes at a $4 million cost to the provincial government.
The Employment Standard Regulations have been amended to:
- Ensure that during a public emergency, businesses will not have to provide notice or pay in lieu of notice when they lay-off staff if it is for a period of 12 weeks or less in a 16-week period.
- And if an employer lays off employees periodically for a total of more than 12 weeks in a 16-week period, the employees are considered to be terminated and are entitled to pay instead of notice as outlined in the Act. This will be calculated from the date on which the employee was laid off.
These amendments create a balance for employers and employees where the difficult decision may be made to Save lay-off employees due to public health emergencies. In this circumstance, employees would have immediate access to new federal employment insurance programs, while keeping employers financially stable to ensure employees have a job to return to.
- The Manitoba government is investing $27.6 million to help provide child care to essential front-line workers who need it as they support the province’s COVID-19 response:
- establish a new $18-million grant program to help early childhood educators affected by the suspension of child-care services in centres to have access to immediate funds to begin independently offering child-care services at their homes or in the community;
- continue to provide licensed child-care centres with their full operating grants and subsidies, totaling up to $7.6 million province wide, so that they can provide care for up to 16 children with first priority given to children of health-care and other essential workers;
- invest $2 million to create a trust that will provide capital grants to child-care providers to ensure safe, quality care; and
- encourage all centres to reimburse prepaid fees to parents for child care they can no longer access during this difficult time.
The province is partnering with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce to administer the $18-million grant program.
A new $3,000 Temporary Child Care Services Grant can help early childhood educators begin independently offering child care services at their homes or in the community. The grant can also be accessed by early childhood educators able to temporarily expand to full day child care services in nursery and before, noon and after school programs or to create temporary satellite sites for a centre.
The Manitoba government is adding a temporary exception to employment standards regulations to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19.
The Manitoba government announced a freeze on all rent increases set to take effect between April 1 and May 31. The Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) and Residential Tenancies Commission have postponed all non-urgent hearings, which means tenants cannot be evicted unless there is a risk to health and safety or concerns about illegal activity.
Rent Assist is a shelter benefit for low-income Manitobans who rent their own accommodations in the private market. Rent Assist helps make your rent affordable by paying you a benefit based on your income and the cost of rent in the market for your family size.
You may be eligible for Rent Assist – even if you are working, training or receiving pension income – if you:
- are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years of age
- pay rent or room and board for unsubsidized housing
- have a net annual income of less than $23,040 for a single person, or $24,120 for a single person 55 years of age or older, or a person who qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit or receive Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits, $27,360 for two people, $34,480 for three or four people and $42,000 for five or more people
- have dependent children in your home and have a net annual income of less than $34,480 for two to four people, or $42,000 for five or more people
- You may not be eligible for Rent Assist if:
- you rent your home from Manitoba Housing
- you own your own home
- you, or the unit you live in, gets any other kind of housing benefit or subsidy
- you live in a First Nations community
- you live in a personal care home, hospital or residential care facility
- you live in student housing
- you are in Canada on a work or study permit
- you receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits
While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.
Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
- $200 for children aged 0 to 12
- $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home.
Parents refers to parents, guardians, and caregivers.
There is no income cap on this program. All parents are eligible if you have a child who is:
- aged 0 to 12
- aged 0 to 21 with special needs
If you have more than one child, you must submit one application per child.
Before you apply, please note:
- only one parent can apply for each child
- the parent who applies should have custody of the child
You are still eligible if you are a health care or front-line worker who is using emergency, 24-hour child care centres
Some health care and frontline workers can send their children to emergency child care while they are at work.
To get more details about registration, contact your local Child Care Service System Manager.
The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.
The act provides job protection for employees unable to work for the following reasons:
- The employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment for COVID-19.
- The employee is acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
- The employee is in isolation or quarantine in accordance with public health information or direction.
- The employer directs the employee not to work due to a concern that COVID-19 could be spread in the workplace.
- The employee needs to provide care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 such as a school or day-care closure.
- The employee is prevented from returning to Ontario because of travel restrictions.
An employee will be able to take infectious disease emergency leave to care for the following individuals:
- The employee’s spouse.
- A parent, step-parent or foster parent of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- A child, step-child or foster child of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- A child who is under legal guardianship of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- A brother, step-brother, sister or step-sister of the employee.
- A grandparent, step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- A brother-in-law, step-brother-in-law, sister-in-law or step-sister-in-law of the employee.
- A son-in-law or daughter-in-law of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- An uncle or aunt of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- A nephew or niece of the employee or the employee’s spouse.
- The spouse of the employee’s grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
- A person who considers the employee to be like a family member, provided the prescribed conditions, if any, are met.
- Any individual prescribed as a family member for the purposes of this section.
The act also makes it clear that an employee will not be required to provide a medical note if they need to take the leave. However, the employer may require the employee to provide other evidence that is reasonable in the circumstances, at a time that is reasonable in the circumstances. This could include such requests as a note from the daycare or for evidence that the airline cancelled a flight, but not a medical note.
These measures are retroactive to January 25, 2020, the date that the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in Ontario. They will remain in place until COVID-19 is defeated.
- If you are not currently getting social assistance
- If you need help paying for food and housing and are not already on Ontario Works or ODSP, you can apply online.
- In response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, no new eviction orders will be issued until further notice and sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders. Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.
- Tenants who can pay their rent must do so, to the best of their abilities. Landlords are entitled to collect compensation from a tenant for each day that an eviction order is not enforced. However, tenants who are asked to self-isolate or who can’t work may have difficulty paying their rent.
- Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords cannot charge fees or penalties for late rent payments.
- Tenants who are having challenges paying rent should speak with their landlords about possibly deferring their rent or other payment arrangements.
- If you’re behind on your electricity or natural gas bill and face having your service disconnected, you may qualify for emergency financial help through the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). There are also special customer service rules available for low-income households. You need to meet certain criteria to qualify for these programs, and must go through one of the intake agencies in Ontario listed below.View the list of agencies that offer LEAP
- Low-income customers can get up to $500 in emergency assistance for their electricity bills ($600 if your home is heated electrically) and $500 for their natural gas bills.
The financial relief package allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. Businesses who report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings are eligible for this deferral.
Each customer reports and pays on the previous full month or quarter, for example March 31 reporting and payment obligation covers the period of February 1-29. The following payments are eligible for deferral:
- Monthly: March 31, April 30, May 31, June 30, July 31, Aug 31
- Quarterly: April 30, July 31
- Annual: April 30
The relief package also applies to Schedule 2 organizations – publicly funded organizations (municipalities, hospitals, school boards), and other businesses who are involved in federally regulated industries. All payment obligations (weekly and monthly) for Schedule 2 businesses will be deferred until August, 31, 2020.
No interest will accrue on outstanding premium payments for Schedule 1 businesses and no penalties will be charged during this six-month deferral period. Schedule 2 account balances will not accrue debit interest as part of the financial relief package.
Also, we have determined that costs associated with COVID-19 related claims will not be allocated at an employer or class level. Instead, they will be allocated on a Schedule-wide basis and there will be no change in premium rates for 2020.
From March 24 to May 8, 2020, residential, farm and small business time-of-use customers will get the lowest rate — also known as the off-peak price — 24 hours a day. That means you will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day you use electricity.
This rate will be automatically applied to your bill.
- You will not have to make payments and no interest will accrue on your Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan between March 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020.
- If your loans are in good standing, visit the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) or the Canada student aid page for more information.
- If your OSAP debt is in collections, contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-877-535-0554 or the private collection agency assigned to your account to discuss your options.
We are extending the validity of government driver, vehicle and carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020. These will continue to remain valid and legal past the expiry until further notice. This is in an effort to help keep people safe, reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- extending driver’s licences expiration dates, temporary driver’s licences (TDL), driving instructor (DI) licence and driving schools, Ontario Photo Card (OPC)
- extending the Enhanced Driver’s Licence (EDL) expiration date for driving purposes only. The expired EDL will not be valid as a travel document
- extending rules governing Conduct Review Program timelines
- extending driver training programs time limitations
- extending over 1-year and under 3-year provisions for driver’s licences
- extending licence plate sticker validation including International Registration Plan (IRP)
- extending 10-day special permits and temporary validation
- extending the requirement to register a vehicle (including snow vehicles) within six days.
- extending the requirement to change address or vehicle modification within six days
- extending the Safety Standards Certificate and Structural Inspection Certificate
- extending International Registration Plan (IRP) Cab Cards
- extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections
- amending effective date for mandatory electronic emission test for heavy diesel commercial vehicles from July 1, 2020 to Oct 1, 2020
- extending expiration dates for Receipts from online renewals beyond 14 days
- If you are required to submit a medical or vision report to the Ministry of Transportation, we are extending your due date by 60 days or more.
* Note that new vehicles and un-plated vehicles would continue to require a visit to ServiceOntario for registration and plating.
Products with extended validity from March 17th onwards:
- extended validation of accessible parking permits for people with disabilities (permanent, subject to change or temporary), travelers, visitors, motorcyclists and corporations
- The program offers financial assistance to meet the needs of workers who, because they are in isolation to counter the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, cannot earn all of their work income and are not eligible for another financial assistance program. The lump-sum amount granted to an eligible person is $573 per week, for a period of 14 days of isolation. If justified by your state of health, the coverage period for an eligible person could be extended to a maximum of 28 days.
- This program is for adult workers aged 18 or over who reside in Québec and are in isolation for one of the following reasons:
- have contracted the virus or present symptoms
- have been contact with an infected person
- have returned from abroad
- In addition, workers who are in isolation or likely to be under the above criteria are eligible for the PATT COVID-19 if
- are not receiving compensation from your employer
- do not have private insurance
- are not covered by another government program, such as employment insurance from the federal government
- An accommodation is available for healthcare system workers who wish to interrupt or postpone their parental leave (i.e. beneficiaries receiving parental benefits, paternity benefits and adoption benefits). In order to do so, these workers will have six additional months to draw their Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits.
- The deadline for individuals for filing provincial income tax returns for the 2019 taxation year is postponed to June 1, 2020, from April 30, 2020.
- The deadline for filing an income tax return for the 2019 taxation year of an individual who died in that year, but before December 1, 2019, is postponed to June 1, 2020.
- The deadline for filing an income tax return for individuals who carried on a business in 2019, or whose spouse carried on business, remains June 15, 2020
- The Government of Québec announced that it is postponing the student loan debt repayments. According to this measure, individuals who have loan debt repayment will not have to make any payment during the next six-months.
- Interest will not accrue during this period. Furthermore, students do not need to apply for the repayment deferral. This measure automatically applies to all Aide financière aux études
- The department has committed to covering the fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. It will also continue to provide parent subsidies as scheduled. Parents are encouraged to visit the department’s website for more information and to determine if they qualify for assistance.
- Essential service workers will not have to pay double fees for their child care services. This includes those paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities. In this situation, the department will cover the costs of emergency child care. Parents should notify the department to ensure they are not double-billed.
- This also means that parents must continue to pay to hold their space at a centre that has not laid off its staff.
Every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting Friday, 20 March. People do not need to apply.
We’re also extending the hours of our toll-free line for income assistance supports, including weekends. If you have questions about eligibility for income assistance, call:
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm – 1-877-424-1177
Monday to Friday 4:30pm to 7pm – 1-833-722-1417
Saturday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday 10am to 2pm
- $1 million to help Feed Nova Scotia purchase food and hire more staff, and $55,000 to support 12 smaller community food banks.
- Government is partnering with Telus to provide 100 phones and calling plans to the most vulnerable Department of Community Services clients who have no other means of communication, and who may be self-isolated and alone.
- Nova Scotia Student Loan payments are suspended until 30 September 2020. You don’t need to make any payments, and your loans won’t accrue interest. The suspension is automatic – you don’t need to apply.
- This fund supports people who are self-employed or laid-off who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Applications open 10 April 2020
Prince Edward Island
- During these difficult times, Islanders may be facing a number of hardships, including financial ones due to loss or change of employment. The financial obligations that Islanders have vary from individual to individual, business to business. Supports are available for individuals and businesses.
- Island families may also rely on spousal or child support. Children should get the support to which they are entitled. This is even more important during this unprecedented time. The Maintenance Enforcement Program is a neutral program that facilitates these support payments for payers, beneficiaries and employers. The Department of Justice & Public Safety will continue to assist families by carrying out its mandate, which includes the essential service of enforcing family support payments.
Availability: until April 30, 2020
The Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Income Support Fund provides financial support to residents of Prince Edward Island to bridge the gap between the loss of their job/lay-off, loss of their primary source of income, Employment Insurance benefits have expired or loss of all revenues through self-employment as a result of COVID-19. This emergency income fund is a one-time lump sum payment of $750 from the Government of Prince Edward Island. This emergency income is taxable.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Income Support Fund is a temporary program designed to provide financial support to individuals who meet the following criteria:
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- an individual who has lost their job/laid off on or after March 13, 2020 due to the public health state of emergency in Prince Edward Island; or
- an individual whose Employment Insurance (EI) benefits have expired and they have no job to return to due to the public health state of emergency in Prince Edward Island; or
- a self-employed individual who has lost all revenues through self-employment on or after March 13, 2020 due to the public health state of emergency in Prince Edward Island and has not already accessed the Emergency Income Relief for the Self-Employed; and
- have applied (or plan to apply) for support through the Federal government (either Employment Insurance Benefits or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit)
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- earned a minimum of $5,000 (gross) earnings in the last 12 months or in the last calendar year;
- lost their primary source of income;
- is 18 years of age or older;
- is a resident of Prince Edward Island for tax purposes as of December 31, 2019.
How does the program work?
Eligible individuals who meet the program criteria will receive the following:
- A one-time lump sum payment of $750 effective March 13, 2020 – April 30, 2020 (Taxable Income)
- Only one application per eligible individual
Eligible individuals must keep supporting documents proving their eligibility for the program for a period of three (3) years following approval to the program for audit and compliance purposes.
The COVID-19 Special Situation Fund will provide up to $1,000 to Islanders who have experienced urgent income loss as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for other federal and provincial funding support.
This is a temporary program put in place to support Islanders that have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and have an urgent need. Individuals may be eligible for up to $1000 between March 16 and June 16, 2020.
If you are a representative of a business, community group, or non-government organization, or if you are self-employed, please visit the Special Situation Fund for businesses and organizations.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for help if your income has been impacted between March 13, 2020 and June 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health state of emergency in Prince Edward Island, and you are:
• over the age of 16, and
• a PEI resident for tax purposes as of December 31, 2019, and
• not eligible for EI.
You can only apply once.
This program is only for people who aren’t eligible for other federal and provincial government programs, such as EI, social assistance, and COVID-19 emergency funding programs. If you are eligible for other programs or have applied for any other programs, you should wait to hear back from those programs before applying for this one.
Note – accessing the employee $100 gift card program does not preclude people from accessing the special situations fund.
In response to COVID-19, all licensed child care centres across the Island are closed until further notice.
We are reaching out to you as an essential service worker, to get a better understanding of your child care needs during this time.
We are working on implementing emergency child care services for your children, in order to help alleviate the pressures while you work hard to keep Islanders safe.
Who should complete this form?
Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential service workers who have no other alternatives.
Please complete the form linked below only if you require child care services during this time.
What is the deadline for completing this form?
Please fill out this form as soon as possible, We will have more information for you soon and someone will be in contact.
- In March 2020, as part of the province’s efforts to ensure Islanders do not lose their home during COVID-19 pandemic, Social Development and Housing launched this program.
- This benefit will provide temporary rental assistance to renters who are struggling to pay their rent as a result of income loss or reduction due to COVID19 measures.
- Eligible tenants will have the benefit paid directly to their landlord, benefiting both the landlord and the tenant.
- The benefit is $1,000 per household to help cover the cost of rent for a three month period. Eligible Islanders will receive $500 in the first month and $250 the following two months, regardless of the number of people in the household or living in the rental unit.
- The payment will be paid directly to the landlords of eligible tenants.
Find out your options
If you’ve lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be able to have your rent payment reassessed. Contact your community housing office by phone or email to discuss your options.
How to pay your rent
Whitehorse and some community housing offices will stay open. However, during the pandemic, we’re avoiding cash transactions.
You can make a payment by:
- signing up for an Electronic Fund Transfer; or
- arranging to come into an office to pay by debit.
Remember, for all in-person interactions, Yukon Housing Corporation staff will maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet). Please respect this distance from staff and from other clients.
Loans and mortgages
If you’re a Yukon Housing Corporation loan or mortgage client and you’re unable to make your payment, you can request a deferral of your payment.
If you have an immediate need for a deferral, please email your program officer.
If you do not know who your program officer is, you can email your request firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline requirements for loans and grants clients
Yukon Housing Corporation will extend deadlines for loans and grants if clients cannot meet their project’s timeline.
We’re waiving the requirement for pre-approved loans clients to submit quotes for work to be done within 90 days.