Canadian Payroll Association
The Canadian Payroll Association provided excellent resources regarding COVID-19 related questions and issues that companies may face
Work-Sharing Program - COVID-19
Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an agreement between employers, employees and the Government of Canada.
Small Business Wage Subsidies
As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province.
Additionally, the WSIB will cease interest accrual on all outstanding premium payments. They will not charge penalties during this six-month deferral period. There will be no negative consequences for businesses who defer premium reporting and payments. The WSIB will continue to fully cover workers at eligible workplaces.
Record of Employment on the Web (ROE Web)
ROE Web is a secure, online application that allows employers to create, submit, and print ROEs online. It improves service to employees who are applying for Employment Insurance benefits and reduces administrative burden on employers.
Employment and Social Development Canada
- Employment Insurance - Record of Employment (reduced waiting period and other information)
- Work-Sharing Program
- Labor Program and federally regulated workplaces
My Service Canada Account
(MSCA) is a secure online portal that lets you apply, view and update your information for Employment Insurance (EI)
Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP)
When an employer files for bankruptcy or becomes subject to a receivership under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the WEPP provides payments to employees with respect to unpaid wages and vacation.