EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS AND UPDATES
If you become unemployed or are experiencing financial strain due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for benefits.
Learn more about benefits and other financial programs and services put in place to assist Indigenous people that are facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Indigenous Community Support Fund: needs-based funding application
For needs-based COVID-19 support funding, applicants are asked to submit their applications by November 30, as funding must be disbursed by Indigenous Services Canada by December 31, 2020. The department has put in place a streamlined review process so that applications are reviewed quickly and efficiently.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
If you are eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. To apply for the CRSB, you must meet all the eligibility criteria and be employed or self-employed on the day before your first application period.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
If you are eligible for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. To apply for the CRCB, you must meet all the eligibility criteria and be employed or self-employed on the day before your first application period.
COVID-19: Understanding Mortgage Payment Deferral
The COVID-19, or coronavirus crisis has left many homeowners in Canada without a job or with reduced hours and wondering how to pay their mortgage. Homeowners facing financial stress may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral up to 6 months to help ease the financial burden.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
A proposal has been made to continue the CEWS until June 2021, including possible changes to the rates and top-up calculation. Read the October 14 announcement and check back soon for details. Applications for claim period 8 (September 27, 2020, to October 24, 2020) are now open.
Nutrition North Canada Subsidy Program
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, and to support food security in isolated communities, enhancements have been made to the Nutrition North Canada subsidy program to give Northerners in these communities better access and more savings on nutritious foods and essential items. The Government of Canada has increased subsidy rates and expanded the list of food and essential items subsidized when shipped by air to all 116 Nutrition North Canada eligible communities.
Emergency Community Support Fund Open for Applications
The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Community organizations may seek funds to undertake a wide range of activities and to serve a wide range of vulnerable groups.
IAO Guidelines for COVID-19 Emergency Response Funding
To support and address the unique and urgent needs of First Nations during the COVID-19 emergency, the Ontario Government will be providing funding supports for the purchase and distribution of critical supplies, communications, enhanced public health measures, pandemic planning, and self-isolation measures
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.
The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB)
The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB), a new funding program, provides a Portable Housing Benefit to assist with rental costs. This provincially mandated benefit is available to eligible priority groups who are on the Centralized Waiting List.
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Online Application for Social Assistance
Do you need to apply for COVID-19 emergency assistance? Please use the online application for social assistance. If you are not currently on social assistance and do not want to apply for social assistance, you can still apply for COVID-19 emergency assistance.
You can apply directly for Ontario Social Assistance here: https://saapply.mcss.gov.on.ca/CitizenPortal/application.do
Language Guide to Federal and Provincial Income Benefits for Those Struggling to Make Ends Meet – Benefit Information
The Government of Canada unveiled some updates and improvements to its emergency income supports for workers who have lost income and work because of COVID-19. Please see below for simplified language guide for those who may be entitled to benefits.
FAQ on Post-Secondary Education Student Supports for Community Members in response to COVID-19
This is to assist in supporting post-secondary students’ concerns and challenges as a result of COVID-19. In particular, we have provided information on potential areas of financial support for your students and to assist First Nations in administering the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) during these challenging times.
Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy – COVID-19
To help communities address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak among people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and to provide additional support to the homeless-serving sector during this period, the Government of Canada has announced an additional investment of $157.5 million for Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.
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