COVID-19 : Support for people facing unemployment

COVID-19 : Support for people facing unemployment
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The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canada 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.

Application details will be available through My CRA and My Service Canada, early April.

Learn more

This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.

Apply for Employment Insurance

If you were recently laid off or have reduced hours and qualify for Employment Insurance benefits, you can submit your request today.

Apply for Employment Insurance benefits

Support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canada  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.

Application details will be available through My CRA and My Service Canada, early April.

Learn more

This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.

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.

Apply for Employment Insurance sickness benefits

Support for people who are unable to work

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canada  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.

Application details will be available through My CRA and My Service Canada, early April.

Learn more

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