Financial support for Canadians whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19
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.
sickness benefits can be accessed without the usual requirement of a doctor’s
note or other medical certificate.
information about applying for EI sickness benefits is available on the
Wednesday were the creation of an emergency care benefit and an emergency
care benefit will provide up to $900 every two weeks, for up to 15 weeks, to
help Canadian workers who cannot go to work, do not have paid sick leave and do
not qualify for EI sickness benefits. This includes those who are sick
themselves, as well as those who are staying home to look after others who are
sick or children who are not in school.
support benefit will offer payments of undisclosed amounts to unemployed
workers who are not eligible for EI.
for both benefits will open in April, at a date to be determined. When that
happens, Canadians will be able to apply for them through CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account or
by calling a toll-free number that has not yet been made public.