Necessary precautions of social distancing during this outbreak have created significant financial hardship for many. Below is a summary of some of the federal government’s current* measures to support families. For a detailed list of the federal government’s support initiatives, click here.
- waiving the one-week waiting period and the requirement for a medical certificate for employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits to provide immediate support for workers in quarantine
- temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments to ensure working families have enough money to support their kids
- introducing an Emergency Support Benefit to provide support to workers facing unemployment who are not eligible for EI (Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements.)
- extending the tax filing deadline to June 1, 2020
- Introducing an Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave.
- proposing to provide a one-time special payment for low- and modest-income households by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit (GSTC). The average boost to income for those benefiting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.
* This information may change as the pandemic evolves and its impacts on the economy and families change.