6 April 2020

UPDATE – APRIL 6th, 2020

The various salary improvement announced:

  1. Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) “.

This program will allow low-income workers who work full-time or part-time, working in essential decreed services, to receive a benefit of $ 100 per week. This service will be retroactive to March 15 and will be temporary, for 16 weeks.

To be eligible you must:

• Be working in an essential sector during the covered period.  For the essential service and commercial activities list: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/essential-services-commercial-activities-covid19/

• Earn a gross salary of $ 550 per week or less;

• Have an annual income of at least $ 5,000 and a total annual income of $ 28,600 or less, calculated before the benefit.

With this compensation, the worker will obtain, in addition to his salary, a taxable lump sum of $ 400 per month, or $ 1,600 for a period of sixteen weeks.

How to receive it?

As of May 19, the request can be made using a Revenu Québec Web form and will be paid by direct deposit as of May 27. We recommend that you register for direct deposit to reduce delays.

2. Premium essential workers- health  sector

In addition, the Quebec Government has also added a temporary premium of 8% for “frontline” health professionals. These are the workers who work directly with clients, such as in emergencies, intensive care, in containment zones, in screening centers, paramedics and in CHSLD.

Finally, a temporary premium of 4%, for all other health and social services workers, such as laboratory technicians, maintenance workers and 811 employees.

3. Attendant premium – private sector

In addition, the government has announced that it will compensate beneficiary attendants working in private accommodations. This compensation will take the form of a premium of $ 4 per hour worked and will be retroactive to March 13, 2020.

This bonus will be granted to attendants working in private seniors’ residences (RPA) and intermediate and family-type resources (RI-RTF).

It will apply for the same duration as the Canadian Emergency Benefit announced by the federal government, for 16 weeks. It will be renewable, if necessary.

Little reminder of the measure in place to help workers:

The Canadian Federal Emergency Benefit (CHP), which allows  to temporarily receive $ 2,000 per month if you are laid off due to COVID-19; https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Interesting links relate to measures and news related to COVID-19:

Provincial government: https://www.quebec.ca/en/government-assistance-programs-covid19/

Federal government: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

FTQ:      https://ftq.qc.ca/covid-19-mesures-aide-financiere/