Government Benefits – Covid-19

Last Update 7:05 pm, April 4

Federal Government

MP Philip Lawrence has provided the following list.  Updated Federal Government page here.

* EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT
This benefit will provide up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks to workers taking care of a family member who is sick and to parents required to stay home from work to care for children.

* EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT
This benefit will offer support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.

CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

* The above two have now been combined into this one so that $2000 will be paid monthly for up to 4 months to Canadians affected by Covid-19

INCREASING THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT
The maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts will be increased by $300 per child beginning in May 2020.

MORTGAGE PAYMENT DEFERRAL
Canadians are eligible to receive up to a 6 month payment deferral for mortgages. Contact your bank for more information or to apply for deferred payments.

INCOME TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED
The return filing due date has been deferred until June 1, 2020. Any income tax owing for the 2019 tax year can be deferred until August 31, 2020.

MORATORIUM ON STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS
A 6 month interest free moratorium has been placed on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans.

EI SICKNESS BENEFIT
The one week waiting period for individuals in quarantine, and the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits, has been waived.

ONE-TIME ADDITIONAL GST PAYMENT
The government will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amount for the 2019-2020 benefit year.

TEMPORARY BUSINESS WAGE SUBSIDY
Eligible small business employers will receive a subsidy of 75% of wages for a period of 3 months.  Details here.

LOWER REGISTERED RETIREMENT INCOME FUND (RRIF) MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL AMOUNTS
Reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020.

Provincial

Hydro

As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, households, farms and small businesses who pay time-of-use electricity rates will be charged off-peak rates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 45 days – that’s to 8 May.  Lakefront bills one month behind, so customers will not see this reflected until your next bill.

  • $2.1B – New Covid-19 Measures
  • $1.2B – Improve Health Care System
  • $2.0B – Targeted Support (People and Jobs)
  • $290M – New Tax Measures
  • $1.5B – Electricity Cost Relief (see “Hydro” above”)
  • $6.0B – Deferred taxes for 100,000 Businesses
  • $1.9B – WSIB Deferrals
  • $1.8B – Deferring Education Property taxes

Municipal

Transit service will be provided at no charge until May 1, 2020 and riders will only use the rear door for entry and exit.

Free parking at all municipal lots and at all municipal meters until May 1, 2020.

A waiver of all penalties and interest charges on unpaid property taxes which would normally have been applied on April 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020

Upon request, payments on pre-authorized payment plans may be delayed.

Non- Government Help

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