Information about COVID-19

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Any current information you need on COVID-19 can be found at Public Health Agency of Canada or Ottawa Public Health.

For businesses looking for supports that apply to you, click here.

For individuals looking for emergency benefits that apply to you, click here.

NEW INFORMATION:

May 19, 2020: The Federal Government of Canada announced today that it will be proving $306 Million in funding to the the world's most vulnerable, through the annual humanitarian appeals issued by UN humanitarian agencies, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-governmental organizations. This will help millions of vulnerable people by providing food assistance, life-saving healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health and gender based-violence services it will also provide funding for safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. 

May 19, 2020: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. This extended measure will help small businesses protect the jobs that Canadians rely on.

May 16, 2020: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be increased once again in July, to help families keep up with the costs of living and raising their children. This will mean addition $300 dollars for families currently receiving the benefit.

May 15, 2020: Students and recent graduates can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit starting today. Sign up for CRA My Account and register for direct deposit now to ensure you can access this benefit quickly.

May 15, 2020: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced $450 million in funding to help Canada’s academic research community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020: The Prime Minister of Canada today announced $469.4 Million for Canada's fish harvesters. 

May 12, 2020: The Government of Canada will provide financial support of $2.5 Billion for seniors, including a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) Pension, and an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

May 11, 2020: The Prime Minister announced the establishment of Large Employers Emergency Financial Facility (LEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada's largest employers to protect Canadian jobs, help Canadian businesses weather the current economic downturn, and avoid bankruptcy. Recipients will need to commit to respective collective bargaining agreements and protect workers' pensions. It will also require strict limits to dividends, share buy-backs, and executive pay.

May 07, 2020: The Prime Minister Announced the investment of $3 Billion dollars to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Premiers have committed to working with the Federal Government to determine which workers will be eligible and how much support they will receive.    

May 05, 2020: The Government of Canada announced $250 million for farmers and food-related businesses, including $125 million for cattle, hog, and livestock farmers; $77.5 million for food processing; $50 million to redistribute surplus food to local food organizations that serve vulnerable Canadians; and other programs to avoid food waste and ensure food availability to all Canadians.      

April 29,2020: The Government of Canada announced income support for post-secondary students who lost work opportunities due to Covid-19. The Canada Emergency Student benefit will provide up to $1,250 per month for up to four months (May-August 2020). 

April 28, 2020: The Prime Minister announced that the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments have come together and agreed upon a set of common principles for restarting the Canadian economy, based on shared understanding and appreciation for science and experts' advice. 

April 27 2020: As of today businesses can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) using their CRA My Business Account.

April 24 2020: The Government of Canada announced that it has reached agreements with all provinces and territories to lower rent for small businesses by 75% for the months of April, May, and June. If your small business has been hit hard by COVID-19, the government will cover 50% of your rent and your property owner will cover 25%.

April 23 2020: The Government of Canada is providing $1.1 billion for a national medical and research strategy for research that hospitals and universities across the country are doing to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

April 22 2010: The Government of Canada announced $9 Billion for students, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit providing students with $1,250 per month for May to August, or $1750 per month if you are a caregiver or have a disability. We also launched the Canada Student Service Grant of up to $5000 for students who volunteer in the fight against Covid-19. We have also extended and increased scholarships and fellowships.

April 21 2020: The Prime Minister announced $350 million for non-profits and charities that provide essential services, such as home delivery of food and medications, transport services for seniors and persons with disabilities, help lines, assistance to people in accessing government services, and training and supplies to volunteers.

April 18 2020: The Government of Canada will provide up to $306.8 million in cash funding to help over 6000 Indigenous-owned businesses to ensure these business owners have access to the support they need to get through this crisis.

April 17 2020: The Minister of Transportation issued an Interim Order that requires that, as of 12:00PM Monday, April 20th, 2020, all passengers flying to and in Canada will be required to wear a face covering during their security screening and their flight. In this case, a face mask means any non-medical mask or face covering that is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen, is large enough to completely and comfortably cover a person's nose and mouth without gaping and can be secured to a person's head with ties or ear loops.

April 17 2020: The Government of Canada announced additional support to businesses that are not eligible for other supports, including: $250 million through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program; $675 million to Canada's regional development agencies; $287M in the Community Futures Network to support small businesses in rural communities; and $500 M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations.

April 17 2020: The Government of Canada recognizes that while we are dealing with this pandemic we cannot ignore the existential threat of climate change and the environment. This is why we will be helping hard-hit workers in the energy sector by investing in jobs that will help clean up the environment, including up to $1.72 billion to clean up orphan and inactive oil and gas wells and up to $750 million to create a new Emissions Reduction Fund.

April 16 2020: The Government of Canada will be expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.

April 16 2020: The Government of Canada announced its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June.

April 15 2020: The Prime Minister announced changes to eligibility rules for the CERB to allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB, and extend the CERB to those who have exhausted their EI benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

April 15 2020: In recognition that essential workers’ salaries are often less or similar than what they would receive from the CERB, the government will work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share a temporary top-up to the salaries of workers deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19, who make less than $2,500 a month.

April 14 2020: The Prime Minister announced almost $130 million support for Northern communities to address immediate health, economic, and transportation needs in the North related to their COVID-19 response.

April 11 2020: The House of Commons held a special sitting to pass Bill C-14 which establishes the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy that will help businesses continue to operate and support Canadian workers by providing 75% of employee's wages.

April 11 2020: To help prevent the spread in long-term care and assisted living facilities, the Public Health Agency of Canada has developed evidence-informed infection prevention and control guidelines and recommendations.

April 10 2020: The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion announced the establishment of the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group, comprised of Canadian experts in disability inclusion. Together, this Group will provide advice on the real-time lived experiences of persons with disabilities during this crisis; disability-specific issues, challenges and systemic gaps; and strategies, measures and steps to be taken. 

April 9 2020: The Minister of Finance announced that the Canada Emergency Business Account is now active, providing interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations through their financial institutions.

April 8 2020: The Prime Minister announced changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time.

April 6 2020: The Prime Minister announced that while Canadians who have lost their jobs will be eligible to apply for the CERB today, we will soon be announcing solutions for those who lost most, but not all, their income. This includes Canadians whose hours have been reduced to less than 10 hours a week, students looking for summer employment and front line workers who are still employed but earning less than they would on CERB.

April 3 2020: The Prime Minister announced $100 million to Food Banks in Canada to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

APRIL 1 2020: The Government of Canada released details regarding the eligibility and criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Those who have lost all their income due to Covid-19 will be able to apply during the week of April 6th for $500 a week retroactive to March 15th. Details are at Canada.ca/Coronavirus-CERB

MARCH 31 2020: The Government of Canada is investing $2 billion under Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment, including for bulk purchases with provinces and territories. Personal protective equipment includes things like more masks and face shields, gowns, and hand sanitizer.

MARCH 30 2020: The Minister of National Defence announced that we will deploy, on request by the provinces, up to 24,000 troops to help vulnerable communities, assist the provinces & territories & support efforts to slow the spread of #COVID19, including support to communities impacted by natural disasters such as floods and fires in a Covid-19 environment.

MARCH 29 2020: The Government of Canada announced support for vulnerable populations, including $7.5 million for Kids Help Phone; $9 million for the United Way to support seniors with delivery of groceries and medicine and wellness checks; $157.5 million to those experiencing homelessness and $50 million to women's shelters and sexual assault centres.

MARCH 27 2020: The Prime Minister announced additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic.

MARCH 25 2020: The Minister of Health announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires travellers entering Canada to quarantine for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

MARCH 25 2020: The House of Commons passed Bill C-13 COVID19 Emergency Response Act. This legislation will introduce Canada’s Emergency Response Plan.

MARCH 24 2020: The Public Health Agency of Canada has initiated public advertising campaigns, including educational pamphlets in multiple languages, to educate the public about the need for physical distancing to flatten the curve on COVID-19.

MARCH 23 2020: The Canada Revenue Agency has extended the filing deadline for Registered Charity Information Returns to December 31st 2020.

MARCH 23 2020: The Prime Minister announced Canada's plan to mobilize science to fight COVID-19.

MARCH 22 2020: The House of Commons will return for an emergency sitting on Tuesday March 24th to introduce urgent economic measures, as part of Canada’s $82 billion response to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MARCH 21 2020: The Prime Minister announces measures to help Canadians who are stranded abroad to return home.

MARCH 20 2020: The Government of Canada has signed a Letter of Intent with Spartan Bioscience in Ottawa West-Nepean to develop a portable device to test for COVID-19 that can produce results within 30 minutes. This could be used in airports, clinics, and border crossings by individuals with no medical experience. This is part of the Government's plan to mobilize industry.

MARCH 20 2020: The Government is calling on Canadian Industries and Manufacturers to retool and scale up production of critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology.

MARCH 18th 2020: The Government of Canada announced a $27 Billion Economic Response Plan for those Canadians who are hurting financially due to COVID-19, including those not eligible for Employment Insurance, students, and low income Canadians.

MARCH 18th 2020: Canada and the United States are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across the Canada-US border. Essential travel, such as trucking of food, fuel, and life-saving medicines will not be impacted by this new measure.

MARCH 18th 2020: The Canada Revenue Agency will be deferring tax filing for individuals to June 1st 2020 and allowing individuals and businesses to defer tax payments until the end of August.

MARCH 17th 2020: The Canada Border Services Agency issued Border tips for returning Canadian snowbirds. No Canadian citizen or permanent resident travelling by land borders will be denied entry to Canada at any time

MARCH 16th 2020: Global Affairs Canada announced an Emergency Loan Program for Canadians abroad.

MARCH 16th 2020: The Canada Border Services Agency will be denying entry at our borders to people who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, with some designated exceptions. Only four Canadian airports will be accepting international flights - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Enhanced screening measures have been put in place at airports, and airlines will be mandated to prevent all travellers who present symptoms of COVID-19 to board a plane.

MARCH 16th 2020: The Treasury Board Secretariat issued a letter asking managers to allow public servants to telework wherever possible, while ensuring continuity of government services, with further guidance and FAQ's

MARCH 13th 2020: The Government of Canada established a Business Credit Availability Program through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

MARCH 13th 2020: The Government of Canada will provide support to workers in quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate who will claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits by waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period.

MARCH 13th 2020: The Government of Canada has established a COVID-19 Response Fund of more than $1 billion.

 

STAY AT HOME:

With the increase in community spread cases, it is vital that ALL CANADIANS who are not in essential occupations stay at home except when absolutely necessary, such as getting groceries or assisting more vulnerable neighbours. If you are an essential worker, go straight to work and home again. When you do have to go out, practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wash your hands often. This is not only for your safety but it will save lives of other people.

The Minister of Health announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. Travellers who are not showing symptoms may continue on a domestic flight to their final destination where they will quarantine for 14 days. Individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving in Canada may not use public transportation to travel to their place of isolation. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.
Canadians who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and call the public health authority in their province or territory to inform them and obtain advice on what they should do. Under the Quarantine Act, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulation could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 and/or to imprisonment of up to three years.
Save Lives. Stay at Home. Flatten the Curve. This is not optional.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands often, cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, limit social contact and stay home if you are sick.
We all have a responsibility to reduce the spread of the virus so that those who are more vulnerable, such as seniors and persons with underlying medical conditions, are protected. Please stay home where possible and avoid large public gatherings. Conduct meetings by phone or skype. If you can work from home, please do so. And practice social distancing (no hugs or handshakes).
It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to help slow the progress of the disease so that we "Flatten the Curve".
There is a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Ottawa at Brewer Park Arena (151 Brewer Way) accessed from Bronson Avenue opposite Carleton University
Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
You should come to the Assessment Centre, not the Emergency Department, if:
  • You have a new or worsening cough and/or fever, and
  • In the past 14 days have either travelled outside of Canada or been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Patients who meet the criteria above will be tested for COVID-19, which involves taking a sample from the throat or nose with a swab.
As we are inundated with news about Coronavirus or COVID-19, it is normal to feel anxiety and confusion. The most important message is to practice social distancing. Stay home unless absolutely necessary. Canadians who are overseas and wish to return should come home now (unless they are exhibiting symptoms). The Government of Canada is here to ensure that we provide support to Canadians at this extraordinary time. We will be updating this web page regularly with current and verified information. Please see the links and attachments for the most current information.
There is misinformation being spread by telephone and online. if you get a call from "Service Canada" threatening arrest for tax fraud, it is fake. Do NOT provide your Social Insurance Number or any other personal information over the phone. See this page for tips on avoiding being a victim of fraud. Please make sure you are getting your information from verified public health sources.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from online fraud, see the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity.
The best sources for updates on the numbers of cases, how to prevent spreading the virus and what to do if you are sick can be found at:
The following telephone numbers may be useful, although please read the instructions on the website before calling in order that the phone lines are open for those most in need:
  • Public Health Agency of Canada: 1-833-784-4397
  • Tele-health Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
  • Ottawa Public Health: 613-580-6744
If you are experiencing mental health crises because of the Coronavirus, you can call the Distress Centre at 613-238-3311.
As the Public Health Agency of Canada and Ottawa Public Health are both located in Ottawa West-Nepean I would especially like to thank our Public Health Professionals for working so hard to keep us safe and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Advice for Travellers

Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance can call the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

 

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory to Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel. To Canadians who are currently overseas who plan to return to Canada, we ask you to arrange to travel by commercial means while these are still available and to self-isolate for 14 days following return from travel outside of Canada. Click here for updated advice to travellers returning to Canada.
Global Affairs Canada is working tirelessly in this unprecedented situation to help Canadians to return home.

All over the world, COVID-19 has caused sudden border restrictions and flight cancellations, leaving Canadians stranded outside of the country without a way home. Under these extraordinary circumstances, the Government of Canada is working with Canadian airlines and foreign governments to provide access to commercial flights for Canadian travellers who want to return home. Factors such as the number of Canadians, airspace closures, and the local situation are being taken into consideration in order to identify the locations for these flights.

To be informed about flights and other information in your location register with Global Affairs Canada. This will allow the Government of Canada to provide information to you as soon as it becomes available. Please phone local embassies and the emergency line only if your situation is urgent. Be sure to comply with restrictions and curfews put in place by local authorities and avoid unnecessary movement and travel.

Global Affairs Canada is continually updating its guidance to travellers through travel health notices to inform Canadians of countries where the level of risk to health associated with COVID-19 is elevated. Global Affairs Canada is actively monitoring response measures being implemented by countries around the world that could impact travellers and is regularly updating the Travel Advice and Advisories. As the situation is evolving please keep referring back for further advisories.

Emergency Loans

Global Affairs Canada has established an Emergency Loan Program of up to $5000 for Canadians abroad who require assistance in order to return home or to cover life-sustaining needs if they are unable to return. Please contact your nearest Government of Canada office or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885 or email CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.

Border Restrictions:

The Government of Canada announced that the Canada Border Services Agency will be denying entry at our borders to people who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, with some designated exceptions for aircrews, diplomats, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Canada and the United States are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across the Canada-US border. Essential travel, such as trucking of food, fuel, and life-saving medicines will not be impacted by this new measure. Only four Canadian airports will be accepting international flights - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Enhanced screening measures have been put in place at airports, and airlines will be mandated to prevent all travellers who present symptoms of COVID-19 to board a plane. Canadians abroad who exhibit symptoms should not travel.

A message to "Snowbirds"

The Canada Border Services Agency has issued Border tips for returning Canadian snowbirds and all Canadian citizens and permanent residents in the United States who will be travelling home via land borders: we encourage you to return home as soon as possible. No matter when you return, Canadians at land borders will always be allowed to return home. If you are exhibiting symptoms you should not travel if possible and consult the public health authorities where you are. Any Canadian with any symptoms (even mild ones) who presents themselves at the border should indicate that immediately and you will be referred to public health agents at the border (either in person or by phone). You may be placed into quarantine or asked to self-isolate for 14 days but you will not be refused entry into Canada. Please be sure to share this information with others who may be concerned.

 

 


Anita's Office and Availability

The House of Commons adjourned on March 13th until April 20th. Public access and tours of the Parliamentary precinct are also cancelled. important legislation, including the new NAFTA agreement, were passed on Friday by unanimous consent. It was an inspiring example of all-party cooperation in the face of a national crisis.
In order to ensure that we do not become vectors in spreading the virus between constituents, my constituency office will be closed to walk-in visits until further notice. Our office will continue to be fully operational and our staff and I will be available. However, our services will only be offered over the phone and by email. None of our staff have exhibited signs of illness, this measure is simply a precaution for the health of constituents and my staff.
Out of precaution, I have suspended my weekly drop-in and coffee hours. I will instead hold telephone hours. Call my constituency office at 613-990-7720 or email Anita.Vandenbeld@parl.gc.ca to schedule a call.
I have also cancelled planned events in the coming weeks, including my Youth Council meeting, Town Hall meetings and all public political activities. We will re-evaluate this on the basis of advice from public health authorities.

Information for Businesses, Charities, Employees, Students and Public Servants

Support for Businesses:

For the most up to date information please see the Economic Response Plan website or this page with Resources for Canadian Businesses

   The Government of Canada is providing support to businesses so that they can comply with public health guidelines about closing public spaces and not need to lay off employees during this extraordinary time.

Announced May 19, 2020

Support for small Businesses during COVID-19

  •    The government of Canada has now extended the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account to include many owner-operated small business.

Large Employers Emergency Financial Facility (LEEFF) 

  •     On May 11, 2020, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of (LEEFFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada's largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing. The objective of this support is to help protect Canadian jobs, help Canadian businesses weather the current economic downturn, and avoid bankruptcies. The program will require strict limits to dividends, share buy-backs, and executive pay. 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Extended until late summer to ease the impact of Covid19.
  *  Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 15 percent in March, or 30 percent in April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy.
  *  Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities.
  *  For non-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the revenue test is appropriate to their circumstances.
  *  An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.
  *  Eligible employers would be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by applying through the Canada Revenue Agency My Business Account portal.
  *  Applications will be accepted on Monday April 27th, and payments can be retroactive to March 15th 2020.

On April 24 2020 the Government announced that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June. 
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 per cent of the rent.
  • Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.

NEW SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED APRIL 16th 2020:

On April 16th the Government of Canada announced its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June.
to protect Canadian jobs and provide more support to businesses and organizations dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada will provide over $1.7 billion for targeted measures, including:
·      $675 million to give financing support to small and medium-sized businesses that are unable to access the government’s existing COVID-19 support measures, through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies.
·      $287 million to support rural businesses and communities, including by providing them with much-needed access to capital through the Community Futures Network.
·      $500 million to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors so they can continue to support artists and athletes. This measure is consistent with the government’s other existing COVID-19 support measures for wages and fixed costs for organizations.
·      $250 million to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access existing COVID-19 business support, through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
·      $20.1 million in support for Futurpreneur Canada to continue to support young entrepreneurs across Canada who are facing challenges due to COVID-19. The funding will allow Futurpreneur Canada to provide payment relief for its clients for up to 12 months.

NEW SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED MARCH 27th 2020:

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. These measures will help Canadian businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and pay their workers and bills during these difficult times.

To further support small businesses, the Government of Canada will:
·      Announce a 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll.
·      Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country.
·      Launch the new Canada Emergency Business Account. This program will provide up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses. These loans – guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada – will ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need, at a zero per cent interest rate, so they can pay for rent and other important costs over the next number of months.
·      Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank, for guaranteed loans when small businesses go to their financial institutions to help weather the impacts of COVID-19. This is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements.

Previously announced support to business

You can find more information in this Backgrounder.

Under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you do NOT need to lay off your employees. If you send them home without pay, they are eligible for the benefit of $2000 a month.
We are establishing a Business Credit Availability Program through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). Under this program, BDC and EDC will cooperate with private sector lenders to coordinate financing and credit insurance solutions for Canadian businesses. This will allow BDC and EDC to provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses. There is also support for businesses in Ottawa through FedNor Ontario.
Should a business need to reduce hours or numbers of employees, they can access the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers. We have extended the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, eased eligibility requirements, and streamlined the application process.
The Canada Revenue Agency is also deferring all personal and business tax payments to the end of August 2020.
The Government is also providing small employers a temporary wage subsidy up to $1,375 per employee for a period of three months. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.

Canada's Plan to Mobilize Industry

The Government of Canada announced $250 million for farmers and food-related businesses, including $125 million for cattle, hog, and livestock farmers; $77.5 million for food processing; $50 million to redistribute surplus food to local food organizations that serve vulnerable Canadians; and other programs to avoid food waste and ensure food availability to all Canadians.    

The Government of Canada is investing $2 billion under Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment, including for bulk purchases with provinces and territories. Personal protective equipment includes things like more masks and face shields, gowns, and hand sanitizer.
If you are a Canadian manufacturer or supplier who can provide products and services to help Canada combat COVID-19, or you can retool your manufacturing line or scale up production of critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology, please fill out this online form. We want to hear from you.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Employment Insurance, Sick Benefits and Income Replacement for all workers

Ottawa Public Health has issued a generalized sick note for anyone who has been asked to self-isolate.
The Government of Canada will provide support to workers in quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate who will claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits by waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period. If you have already applied for the benefit and need the one-week waiting period removed call 1-833-381-2725.
The Canada Revenue Agency has established the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Because our Employment Insurance system was not designed for the level of demand we are currently facing, individuals may choose to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit instead, regardless of whether they are eligible for Employment Insurance. Those whose EI runs out can also apply for CERB.

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to workers who have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the year prior to their application from any of a combination of the following sources: employment, self employment, Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits and are without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in a four-week period, or whose income has been reduced so that they are earning less than $1000 per month, for reasons related to COVID-19, including if they have temporarily stopped working, lost their job, are sick or in quarantine, or need to care for a child or a family member. These include:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

These Benefits passed Parliament on March 25th 2020 as past of Bill C-13.  Eligible workers can apply now (depending on your birthday) and can be paid retroactively to March 15th.

  Applicants for the CERB will be directed to apply through one of two service options:
·      Canadians who would generally be eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply through Service Canada through Appliweb; or
·      Canadians who would generally not be eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply through the MyAccount secure portal or CRA’s automated toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019.

To apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit go to www.Canada.ca/Coronavirus-CERB.

 

Public Servants:

The Government of Canada has asked managers to be as flexible as possible around telework and alternative work arrangements, while also ensuring continuity of services to Canadians. You can see the letter to Government of Canada employees here. Employees who are exhibiting symptoms should not come to work. No doctors note will be needed except in particular circumstances. If you are a public servant, including students, term and casual employees, under quarantine or have been told to self isolate, or you have underlying medical conditions, or you have child care responsibilities due to school closures and you can not make alternate arrangements, please work with your manager regarding tele-work options or leave with pay.
For more information and for updates as the situation evolves please click here.

Charities:

Charities are eligible for the same wage subsidies and supports as business. At the same time, we recognize that many charities are facing increased demand at the same time that their human resources are being stretched. Non-profit organizations will be eligible for the same relief outlined above for businesses and employees, including work-sharing, tax deferrals and temporary wage subsidies. In addition, the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate has suspended all operations including their call centre, registration, and audit activities until further notice. If your charity has a T3010 or Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18th and December 31st, the filing deadline has been extended to December 31st.You can access our digital services for charities using My Business Account and fill out your T1030 there.
The Government of Canada is providing funding to various charities, including $100 million to Food Banks, $7.5 million for Kids Help Phone; $9 million for the United Way to support seniors with delivery of groceries and medicine and wellness checks; $157.5 million to those experiencing homelessness and $50 million to women's shelters and sexual assault centres.
The Government of Canada will provide additional support to charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund.

The investment will flow through national organizations that have the ability to get funds quickly to local organizations that serve vulnerable populations. It will support a variety of activities, such as:

  • Increasing volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications
  • Providing transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments
  • Scaling up help lines that provide information and support
  • Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits
  • Providing training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response
  • Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the Internet
Support for Students
Students and recent Grads can now apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. 

Whether you’re a student living away from home and worried about covering your expenses, or you’re a recent graduate looking for work, we know the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you too. So here’s what we’re doing to support you today, this summer, and next year. We’re launching the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. With this benefit, you’ll get $1,250 a month from May to August. And if you’re taking care of someone or if you have a disability, that amount will go up to $1,750 each month. We’re also launching the new Canada Student Service Grant. If you’re volunteering this summer and you’re helping in the fight against COVID-19, this grant will provide you up to $5,000 for your education in the fall. Your energy and your skills can do a lot of good right now. We’re creating 76,000 more jobs for young people in sectors that need an extra hand right now or that are on the front lines of this pandemic. And if you’re a student researcher, we need your help, so we’re investing to extend your scholarships and fellowships by 3 to 4 months. We’re also doubling all student grants from the government for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Government of Canada has also provided a 6 month interest-free moratorium on repayment of Canada Student Loans.

The Canada Summer Jobs program will create over 70,000 summer jobs for students with a 100% wage subsidy to employers.

Canada Summer jobs website is now up with updated Canada Student Summer job postings. jobbank.gc.ca 

 

 

 

 

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Government of Canada Response and Actions

No one should have to worry about paying rent, buying groceries, or additional childcare because of COVID-19.
On March 25th 2020 the Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-13. This legislation will introduce Canada’s Economic Response Plan. This plan builds on the measures announced on March 18th and will provide immediate help to Canadians and businesses who are most in need as a result of COVID-19.
  • Introduce the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to provide $500 per week to Canadians who lose income due to COVID-19. This is a simpler more streamlined benefit comprised of both the care and support streams announced on March 18, 2020.
  • Providing an additional $300 per child in the May payment of the Canada Child Benefit.
  • A doubling of the annual Goods and Services Tax Credit through a special one-time payment in early May for 12 million low and modest income families.
  • 6-month interest-free moratorium on repayment of Canada Student Loans
  • Flexibility for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to defer CMHC-insured mortgage payments.
  • Reduce the minimum RRIF withdrawal to help protect seniors’ retirement savings.
  • Provide a temporary wage subsidy for three months to eligible small employers.
  • Help prevent shortages of patented drugs or medical devices
  • Support provinces and territories with a COVID-19 Response Fund including one-time funding of $500 million through the Canada Health Transfer.
  • Provide additional flexibility to support businesses as necessary through EDC, BDC, Farm Credit Canada and the Canada Account.
  • Increasing the protection of Canadians’ savings by providing the Minister of Finance with the flexibility to increase the CDIC’s deposit insurance limit.
  • Waiving the one-week wait period for Employment Insurance sickness benefits for those who are in quarantine or directed to self-isolate as well as other measures to make EI more flexible.
  • $157.5 million to those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • $50 million to women's shelters and sexual assault centres.
  • $305 million for an Indigenous Communities Support Fund.
 
 
The Canada Revenue Agency will also defer individual tax filing deadlines to June 1st 2020, and defer all tax payments for businesses and individuals to the end of August 2020.
This plan builds on the $1 billion COVID-19 Response Fund, and over $500 billion in additional credit and liquidity support for people and businesses previously announced.
The Federal Government is stimulating the economy by activating the Business Credit Availability Program, making up to $10 billion available to businesses facing a cash crunch over the short term, so that they don't have to lay off employees.
The Government of Canada has established a COVID-19 Response Fund of more than $1 billion. This includes:
  • $27 million for coronavirus research and $275 million to help develop a vaccine
  • $500 million additional funding to the Provinces and Territories
  • $150 million to First Nations and Inuit communities
  • $50 million for surgical masks, face shields and isolation gowns
  • $50 million to the Public Health Agency of Canada for public education
  • $50 million to the World Health Organization and partners
Canada has one of the strongest and most resilient banking sectors in the world, and our Government is in a strong fiscal position.
  • The Bank of Canada will provide additional support for small-and medium-sized businesses, as well as adding additional liquidity to the market.
  • OSFI is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for financial institutions.
  • Canada’s banks have also made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair and compassionate way.
The Government is coordinating with the financial sector to lower interest rates, support liquidity and stability of financial markets, and increase lending capacity. The Minister of Finance continues to encourage banks to show flexibility in helping their customers whose personal or business finances are affected by COVID-19. In response, banks in Canada have affirmed their commitment to working with customers to provide flexible solutions, on a case-by-case basis, for managing through hardships caused by recent developments.
The Government of Canada is also mobilizing science to fight COVID-19. We are providing support to quickly mobilize Canadian researchers and life sciences companies to support large-scale efforts towards countermeasures to combat COVID-19, including potential vaccines and treatments. The Government of Canada is providing $1.1 billion for a national medical and research strategy for research that hospitals and universities across the country are doing to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

 

The Government is also calling on Canadian Industries and Manufacturers to retool and scale up production of critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. This includes a Letter of Intent with Spartan Bioscience in Ottawa West-Nepean to develop a portable device to test for COVID-19 that can produce results within 30 minutes. This could be used in airports, clinics, and border crossings by individuals with no medical experience. This is part of the Government's plan to mobilize industry.

 

Canadian Armed Forces

When Canadians call, the Canadian Armed Forces will be there. The Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force & the Royal Canadian Navy have together up to 24,000 troops who will be able to help vulnerable communities, assist the provinces & territories & support efforts to slow the spread of #COVID19. We will be there.

The Canadian Armed Forces has a plan to support Canadians through #COVID19. We're ready to help slow the spread of the virus, support our most vulnerable & assist provinces & territories with logistics. As always, we also remain ready to respond to events like floods or forest fires.

Our Canadian Armed Forces will always be there to help Canadians. We will have up to 10 Regular Forces units across Canada to help with COVID-19. That's up to 500 troops per unit ready to assist communities through humanitarian support & the delivery of goods.

In addition to our Regular Force members, the Canadian Armed Forces are readying many Primary Reserve units throughout the country. These flexible teams can operate as local response forces to assist with humanitarian support, wellness checks and natural disaster response.

In the Canadian Armed Forces planning, particular attention was given to meet Indigenous communities’ needs & north & the Arctic's. That's why over 50 Canadian Ranger Patrols will be available to enhance our understanding of the needs of northern, remote & Indigenous communities.

In addition, our Royal Canadian Air Force has all necessary capabilities & personnel to support the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. A wide range of helicopters & transport aircraft will be made available if needed.

Our Royal Canadian Navy are preparing to be ready to respond on short-notice to coastal communities who might need a helping hand.

Our women & men in uniform always stand ready to help us at a moment's notice & in these unprecedented times, it's no different. They're prepared to assist us in the fight against against #COVID19 & any event we may face. To all of you & your families: thank you for your service.