We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
You can find all of the below information from the federal government at canada.ca/coronavirus
To learn more about support available from the Province of British Columbia, please click here.
You can sign up for email updates from the Government of Canada to get the latest information about COVID-19. Click here to get email updates.
If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you can take a self-assessment from Health Canada and follow the directions based on your results.
Find financial help during COVID-19
Click here, to answer 7 to 10 questions, about yourself - from your answers, you been shown a list of benefits that may help in your situation. It will also have links for more information.
More information can be found below about the COVID-19 support available to individuals.
Employment Insurance (EI) Program
We made temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to better support Canadians who need financial assistance. As of September 27, 2020, the minimum benefit rate for EI regular claimants is $500 per week before taxes in most cases.
If you are not eligible for EI or if you've received the maximum number of weeks of EI regular benefits, you may be eligible for the new benefits:
You can also look for employment opportunities through the Job Bank.
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The CRB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per week for up to 38 weeks for workers who:
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The CRSB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per week for up to a maximum of four weeks, for workers who:
The Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB)
The CRCB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for up to 38 weeks per household for workers:
The Canada Child Benefit
The Canada Child Benefit young child supplement (CCBYCS) is providing temporary additional support in 2021 of up to $1,200 to families with children under the age of six.
You must be entitled to receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in January, April, July or October 2021 to receive the CCBYCS.
If you already receive the CCB, you will not need to apply for this benefit.
Mortgage payment deferral
Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral of up to six months.
The deferral is an agreement between you and your lender. Typically, the agreement indicates that you and your lender have agreed to pause or suspend your mortgage payments for a certain amount of time. After the agreement ends, your mortgage payments return to normal and the deferred payments — including principal and accumulated interest – are added to the outstanding principal balance and subsequently repaid throughout the life of the mortgage.
To know if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral or to learn what options are available, contact your lender — your bank or your mortgage professional.
To learn more about mortgage payment deferral, click here.
Post-secondary students and recent graduates
Helping Student Loan borrowers
We are continuing to waive the interest on the federal portion of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans.
Find our more about repayment of student loans click here.