COVID-19 UPDATE | EI and Government Relief Programs

Many people may have concerns over their ability to work during the current COVID-19 situation. Whether your company has slowed down, you’re at home with children while the school systems have closed, or self-isolating due to symptoms or illness, know that you have options for replacing lost income.

The government has announced that there will be financial relief programs put into place, most of which will be made available in April 2020. EI Sickness benefits can be applied for right away, will now provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement, and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work, with the following support actions:

  • The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim
  • People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate
  • People who cannot complete their claim for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine may apply later and have their EI claim backdated to cover the period of delay

If you do not currently have a CRA account, we suggest setting one up online here. If you do have an existing account, login sooner than later to ensure your account is working properly before applying for any of these programs.

You can also call CRA at 1-800-959-8281 toll-free, though wait times may be quite long. Stay safe out there.

🔸EI and Government Relief Programs 🔸Questions about Employment Insurance?Our video all-star Ryan Dorton is back with another informative update! 🙌👉Canadian EI benefits and other financial relief programs through the Government of Canada are being made available, some starting in April.👉If you do not currently have a CRA account, we suggest setting one up online, or login to ensure your account is working properly before applying for any programs.☎️ There is also a toll free number for contacting the CRA, though wait times may be quite long 👉 1-800-959-8281#YXH2gether #COVID19AB

Posted by JMH & Co. on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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