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Federal Resources during COVID-19

We will try to update this post as we receive new information.


***Register for a My Service Canada Account (MSCA). This will make things easier in the event you need to access either EI, CERB or other supports.***

-Sign up for a GCKey (allows you to access various federal sites).



For Individuals:


-Employment Insurance (EI)

-Regular benefits: If you are not eligible you may apply to CERB.

-Sickness benefits: One week waiting period to be waived.

-Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) –Covers workers, small business owners and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19.

-Applications targeted to start April 6th.

-Open an account on Service Canada with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) BEFORE Monday the 6th

-$2,000 a month for up to four months.

-Canada Child Benefit (CCB) – Financial assistance for parents with children under 18 years of age

-$300 additional per child

-Jordan’s Principle / Inuit Child First Initiative – Financial assistance for parents with Indigenous children under 18 years of age

-Please contact our office for details and a support letter

-Public Pensions (Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security) – Benefits for seniors, people with disabilities and other needs

-Apply online through your My Service Canada account.

-Multiple changes to application requirements, etc. to make it easier.

-Canada Revenue Agency

-Defer tax payments until August 31st, 2020

-Tax filling can be deferred until June 1st, 2020

-Debt collection suspended.

-Tax Payer Relief: Request cancellation of a penalty if you are unable to pay.

-Canada Student Loans – All payments and interest suspended

-Mental Health Commission – Resource hub for mental wellness during COVID-19



For Businesses:


-Employment Insurance (EI)

-Regular benefits: Prepare your staff to apply for EI, if they are not eligible they may apply to CERB.

-Benefits for self-employed: You can only access this if you have already paid into EI.

-Work-Sharing: Federal government helps pay your employees. Must apply 30 days in advance to the planned workshare.

-Extended work-share periods up to 76 weeks

-Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) –Covers workers, small business owners and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19.

-Will become available April 6th.

-$2,000 a month for up to four months.

-Wage Subsidy – Originally listed as 10% will increase to at least 75%

-Allows you to maintain your staff with less cost

-Deducted from your tax remittance

-Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) – Support for tourism operators and small or medium sized businesses who have previously received funding.

-Contact their office for guidance. -Potential access to additional funding.

-Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

-Business Development Canada: Working capital loans up to $2 million

-Flexible repayment terms.

-Reduced rates.

-Co-lending programs for small and medium enterprises.

-Export Development Canada:

-Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee: Through various financial institutions. -Credit Insurance

-Canada Emergency Business Account: interest free loans up to $40,000

-Up to $10,000 can be non-repayable, under certain conditions.

-Details available Monday, March 30th

-Canada Revenue Agency

-Defer tax payments until August 31st, 2020

-Tax filling can be deferred until June 1st, 2020

-Debt collection suspended.

-Tax Payer Relief: Request cancellation of a penalty if you are unable to pay.

-Tax and Duty Deferrals

-GST/HST Remittance Deferral

-Deferral of Customs Duty and Sales Tax for Importers

For more information please go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update.html

Other Resources

-Force Majeure: If your business pays rent and you are unable to pay it, consider calling a lawyer about invoking a force majeur. This does not mean you have to break your contract.

-How to Access EI document: A step by step guide developed to help individuals understand the EI application process.

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