|Dear Clients & Friends:
We at HS & Partners are constantly monitoring the evolving legislative changes and program enhancements given the COVID-19 situation. Below are some details we hope you will find helpful.
Employment Insurance (EI):
- Waived 1 week waiting period, for new EI claimants in quarantine (effective March 15, 2019) so they can be paid for their first week
- They are giving priority to those in quarantine in the application process
- Waived requiring a medical certificate to access EI
- You need to demonstrate that:
- You’re unable to work for medical reasons
- Your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% for at least one week
- You accumulated 600 insured hours of work in the 52 weeks before the start of your claim or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter
- What employees are eligible for:
- Up to 15 weeks of sickness benefits are available.
- You could receive 55% of your insurable earnings* up to a maximum of $573 a week. Click to Apply
Emergency Care Benefit:
- For workers who are not eligible for EI including:
- Self-employed individuals who are sick with COVID-19
- Those who have to take care of family members who are sick
- Those placed in quarantine
- Parents who aren’t able to earn employment income and have kids that need to be taken care of/supervised due to school closures
- Provides up to $900 every 2 weeks
- Apply through CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account or by phone (the number hasn’t been released yet)
- Applications are not open until April
Emergency Support Benefit:
“The Emergency Support Benefit will give up to $5 billion to workers ineligible for EI who face unemployment. It is intended to be a long-term income support, but the government hasn’t yet said how much it will provide, or how long funds will be given out.” – CBC
Wage Subsidy for Small Business:
- Meant to subsidies wages to prevent layoffs
- The subsidy is equal to 10% of employee salaries, but a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer
- The subsidy is for a temporary 3 month period
Work Sharing Program:
- Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.
- The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.
- Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees, and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement
- The maximum duration of Work-Sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks across Canada for those businesses affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19 must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time. Click to apply
Business Credit Availability Program:
- Will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses.
- This will be an effective tool for helping viable Canadian businesses remain resilient during these very uncertain times
- BDC and EDC are cooperating with private-sector lenders to coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses
Keep Healthy & Safe everyone
Your HS & Partners Team