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Transitioning to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Government of Canada has announced a new benefit, called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will focus on delivering immediate financial support to Canadians impacted by COVID-19. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CERB will 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.

More March 26th, 2020

Senate approves emergency bill to respond to COVID-19 crisis

OTTAWA — Emergency federal moves to inject $82 billion of help into the Canadian economy for workers, families and businesses hit hard by COVID-19 have passed the Senate and now await royal assent.

The Senate passed the bill after two hours of discussion and debate Wednesday morning, including an hour of senators’ peppering Finance Minister Bill Morneau with questions.

Morneau said once the Senate passed the bill and it gets royal assent, emergency benefits for workers would come as early as the first week of April, while top-ups for child benefits and GST cheques will flow in May.

Morneau acknowledged there is a need for cash to move as soon as possible but warned the government is not set up to deliver funds any faster than that.

More March 25th, 2020

Working Together to Stop COVID In Our Community

By: Dr. Joan Bellaire, MD

My favourite African proverb comes to mind during this time, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.  As the world and our community struggle with the COVID pandemic the importance of working together rings especially true. 

Our dedicated medical community: family doctors, nurses, hospital staff, administrators, midwives and all those working in other settings such as hospice, long-term care, and clinics, are working together to the best of our abilities to ensure we bring the community through this unusual and scary time.  We are all providing care within our clinics,

More March 23rd, 2020

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Support for Canadians

  Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

  Flexibility for Taxpayers

  

More March 18th, 2020

Financial support for Canadians whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19

The government of Canada will provide up to $27 billion for workers and businesses.

For workers, the most notable parts of the government’s action include enhanced eligibility for employment insurance (EI) and two new emergency benefits.

According to the government, those who are unable to work because they have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine will not have to wait the usual one week to receive EI sickness benefits.

Additionally, the sickness benefits can be accessed without the usual requirement of a doctor’s note or other medical certificate.

More information about applying for EI sickness benefits is available on the government’s website.

More March 18th, 2020

TRAVELERS RETURNING TO CANADA

While abroad, you may have come in contact with the novel coronavirus. For the next 14 days, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you: 

· Monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing; and,

· Avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill.

To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

If you start having symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Immediately call a health care professional or the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located.

More March 16th, 2020