Provincial and Federal Financial Supports during COVID-19

Key Information

Federal Programs

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 

Transition from CERB to Employment Insurance (EI)

  • The Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits that will better support Canadians.
  • If you need financial assistance after your CERB ends, there are some temporary changes to the EI program to help you access EI benefits. These changes will be in effect for 1 year. Find out if you qualify by visiting website.

New Recovery Benefits

  • Canada Recovery Benefit(CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit(CRCB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit(CRSB)

Do I qualify for WSIB benefits?

  • If you believe you contracted COVID-19 while at work, you may file a claim to determine if you are eligible for WSIB coverage.
  • Call 1-800-387-0750 for more information.

Having trouble paying rent?

  • The province has suspended evictions (approving new ones or enforcing evictions) in the current health emergency.
  • The Ontario Landlord Tenant Board handles tenants’ rights: 1-888-332-3234.
     
Mon-Sun
24 Hours
Through website.
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-622-6232
Website: www.canada.ca
Eligibility

For those affected by COVID-19. Refer to websites for eligibility.

The Benefit is available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and, Who have not quit their job voluntarily.
Areas Served
Hamilton
Fees
Fee
None
Languages
English
French
Application Instructions

Refer to website for application. Apply through either Service Canada or Canada Revenue Agency, not both.

  • When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.
  • When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.
Last Full Update
November 12, 2020