Keep people healthy Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks:

EI eligible Canadians who have lost their job can continue to apply for EI here, as can Canadians applying for other EI benefits.

Labour Law Webinar

Pre-recorded Webinar from EMC now available: Labour Law & How it pertains to COVID-19. Many of the EI & legal questions being asked were addressed during this webinar.

Canadian Payroll Association 

The Canadian Payroll Association provided excellent resources regarding COVID-19 related questions and issues that companies may face 

Work-Sharing Program

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer

Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector.

Small Business Wage Subsidies

The Governement of Canada is providing eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses are able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. 

UPDATE: Wage subsidy now at 75% (up from 10%) - retroactive to Sunday March 15

Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis. The prime minister said the wage subsidies will be backdated to March 15, 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.

Employment and Social Development Canada

Updates regarding:

  • 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)