Benefits from Government of Canada during COVID-19 Crisis

Michelle Mak Employment, Newcomer Information, Updates

With the situation related to COVID-19 evolving rapidly around the world, the Government of Canada has benefits for both individuals and in your workplace.

For individuals, there are

  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Canada Child Benefit
    • Eligible recipients will receive $300 more per child with their regular May CCB payment.
  • Canada Student Loans
    • Government of Canada has announced its plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans until September 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest.
  • Passport services
    • Canadians with urgent travel needs may obtain passport services if they:

      • have a serious illness, or must tend to the serious illness or death of another individual they have had a relationship with;
      • suffer from economic hardships due to loss of job or business (the cost of an airline, bus or train ticket does not constitute economic hardship); or
      • must travel for humanitarian grounds, supported by the requesting organization.

For workplace individuals, there are:

  • Employment Insurance – Record of Employment
    • If your employees are directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are no longer working, you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE).

    • When the employee is sick or quarantined, use code D (Illness or injury) as the reason for separation (block 16). Do not add comments.

  • Work-Sharing Program
    • The Work-Sharing program is implementing temporary special measures to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business caused by COVID-19. The new temporary special measures are available to employers impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. The measures allows for eligible employers to retain skilled employees and workers to remain employed during the temporary downturn in business due to COVID-19. The temporary special measures will:

      • extend the Work-Sharing agreements by an additional 38 weeks
      • wave the mandatory waiting period between agreements
      • ease the recovery plan requirements

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