20 March 2020


COVID-19 is now having a serious impact in the work field. Following the recommendations and directives of the public health department, several people will either be laid off, in preventive or voluntary quarantine and so on.

We carry particular attention to announcements from governments and authorities to support and mitigate the impact of this crisis on all of our members.

Here are the new federal measures announced on March 18:

1.Temporary income support for workers and parents:

If I don’t have paid sick days;

  • If I am sick with COVID-19;
  • If I am in isolation;
  • If I have to stay at home to take care of my children:

Health employment insurance;

  • One-week waiting period waived;
  • No obligation to provide a medical certificate to access to unemployment (EI) health benefits;

I do not have access to employment insurance and;

  • I am in isolation and affected by Covid-19;
  • I take care of a family member with Covid-19;
  • I am a parent whose children need care or supervision because of school closing:

I am therefore entitled to:

  • Emergency care allowance of up to 900 $ every 2 weeks for a maximum, of 15 weeks;
  • This program will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA);
  • You will need to renew the eligibility certificate every 2 weeks

The benefit request will be available starting in April 2020 via the CRA’s secure “My Account” portal, using a secure ‘’My Service Canada Account’’, or by telephone on a toll-free number with an automated request mechanism.

Long-term income support for workers

If I lose my job or my working hours have been reduced:

  • I’m applying for CRA emergency support allowance for workers who are not eligible for employment insurance but have lost their jobs;
  • If my hours have been reduced, I apply to the Employment Insurance “Work Sharing Program” to receive benefits. The duration will be a maximum of 76 weeks;

Several other measures have been announced for those in need, such as goods and services tax (GST) credits, increases of the Canada child benefit and more. For more information, you can consult the following site:https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html