Telus Mobility Plan for Seniors

Michelle Mak Accessibility, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Telus has a “Mobility for Good” phone plan that is meant for low-income seniors. Those who are eligible may be able to receive a cheaper plan as well as a free refurbished device. Eligibility:– Those who are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit (GIS)– Those who can provide their Old Age Security statement – T4A(OAS) indicating the amount paid to …

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Employment, Newcomer Information

The Government of Canada has announced a new benefit that will help businesses who are struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit is called the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which is a commercial rent relief program offered by the federal government. The eligibility periods are within September 27, 2020 – June 2021. The new Canada Emergency Rent …

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is a new benefit that is being introduced in Canada. Applications for the CRB will open next week on October 12, 2020. The CRB gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). …

Applications Open for New Benefits (CRSB & CRCB)

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

If you need to stay home from work because you’re sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or because you have to take care of a loved one, here’s some good news: The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) are now open for applications! announced on October 6, 2020 If you want to …

Minimum Unemployment Rate Set for EI Program

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Canadian government is preparing to transition as many Canadians as possible from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) back to the Employment Insurance (EI) system by September. Effective August 9, 2020, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% will be applied temporarily for all EI economic regions across Canada. Why is this important? Because the unemployment rate is one of the 2 factors that …

Increase in Canada Child Benefit in July 2020

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Recently in May 2020, families already receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) got an additional one-time payment of $300 per child. This was in addition to their regular May CCB payment. Starting in July 2020, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit will increase once again to keep pace with the cost of living. That means: up to $6,765 per child …

Eligible seniors will receive one-time COVID-19 payments this week

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Most eligible seniors in Canada will be receiving their one-time COVID-19 payments this week, a measure that was announced by Justin Trudeau in mid-May. This payment provides support for seniors during COVID-19 through a one-time payment: $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security pension, and an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement This measure …

Prime Minister Announces Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

Michelle MakM Newcomer Information, Updates

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on June 25, 2020, the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates who volunteers to serve in their communities’ and gain valuable experience at the same time. The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number …