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The Government of Canada announced on March 18, 2020 that they are taking immediate action as a result of COVID-19. A sample of these actions include:
• temporary income support for workers and parents without paid sick leave
• long term income support for those who lose their jobs or face reduced hours
• one-time payment for low- and modest-income families
• increase to the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment for the 2019-20 benefit year
• funding to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities
• six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans
• funding to support people experiencing homelessness
• funding to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres
• reduction of required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020
• measures relating to tax filings, including deferring this year’s due date to June 1
COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information: this resource from the Government of BC provides emerging and up-to-date information on BC’s Response to COVID-19, including information for employers.
Emergency Funds and Income Assistance (BC-specific): (April 2020 info) The Disability Alliance of BC has been advocating at the provincial and federal levels for supports to ensure people with disabilities stay safe during the pandemic. They note the announcement of “emergency measures for people on income assistance (IA) and PWD, including an automatic $300 crisis supplement for the next three months for people on IA and PWD who are not receiving EI or the CERB. Visit DABC’s COVID-19 Systemic Advocacy Efforts to learn about their current work.
Questions and Answers about Canada’s Recovery Benefits, which has replaced the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Information on Clawbacks and Enforcement: The CERB program has ended, but some people preparing their 202 tax returns may have questions about having received CERB benefits. This information was provided to PAN by Meenakshi Mannoe, Criminalization & Policing Campaigner at PIVOT Legal Society in May 2020.
COVID-19 Support for Income & Disability Assistance (BC Government): Information from the provincial government on emergency funds, income and disability assistance, BC bus pass program, and more. “Due to COVID-19, new emergency measures are in place to ensure that people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors, do not encounter additional barriers.”
See all COVID-19 resource pages
Reviewed/ updated April 2021