Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
You may be aware of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) announced by the government and wonder if it will help you. Resources given to those not eligible for workers needing support, including those who do not qualify for E.I. and those working contract basis.
Here is a quote from the federal government describing the benefit:
"The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)".
For further details on this measure please follow this link:
Dr. Jennifer Robson of Carleton University has compiled a useful chart summarizing the different EI, Emergency Support Benefit, and Emergency Care Benefit and how to apply.
Benefit information document
Work Sharing Program
Work-Sharing is an Employment Insurance (EI) program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs. The program allows employers to retain skilled employees when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. There have been changes recently to support those affected by Covid-19.
Additional Resources for Canadian Businesses
The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses.
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