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What income support will be provided during the COVID-19 breakout for those in need?

For low and modest-income individuals and families, seniors and students who may require additional financial help during these times, the government will be providing a number of benefits and courtesies:

To ensure that those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 have the support they need, the government has also committed to the following measures:

  • Enhanced EI (employment insurance) measures
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Mortgage payment deferral

Additional information can be found on the government of Canada's Economic Response Plan website.

For those Canadians who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children, the following governmental support has been extended to them:

  • Waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits (effective March 15, 2020).
  • Waiving the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
  • Introducing the Emergency Care Benefit, providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks to qualified workers and parents. This flat-payment will be provided through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Information on eligibility and applying can be found here.

Canadians can apply for the CRB (Canada Response Benefit) through one of the three available options:

Related information:

What to know about COVID-19 and your taxes

COVID-19 Tax Info Centre

How are taxpayers being helped during the COVID-19 outbreak?

How are businesses being helped during the COVID-19 outbreak?

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