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COVID-19: Update on Government Resources Available

20/03/2020
COVID-19: Update on Government Resources Available

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

To understand what help is available and in order to take full advantage of the services and financial aid that are being provided by the Canadian government, below is a list of resources that may be helpful to your business or to your family:

Government of Canada Support to Canadians – Emergency Funds for COVID-19:

  1. GST Credit – $400 single adults – $600 for married couples
  2. Child Tax Benefit Top Up – $300 per child added on top of what you receive already
  3. Student loan payments deferred
  • 6 month time frame
  • No payments
  • No interest accrual
  1. Indigenous community based support fund of $305 million
  2. $200 million provided for community resources
  • Shelters/homeless needs
  • Sexual assault/transition homes
  1. 10% wage subsidy for small-medium sized businesses for employees, $25,000 per employer
  2. Ensured Mortgage Protection Program
  • $50 billion provided
  • Payment deferrals
  • Special payment arrangements
  1. Bank Supports
  • Auto loans
  • Deferral of payments
  1. Personal Income Tax
  • Payment before September 1, 2020 – extended deadline for income tax payments owed
  • Filing deadline for Income Tax – June 1, 2020
  1. Emergency Care Benefit
  • Quarantined or caring for sick family member
  • Providing $900 bi-weekly
  • Payment via direct deposit
  • Will not require medical documentation
  • Starting early April
  1. Emergency Support Fund – $5 Billion
  • More info to come
  • Supply chains from groceries will maintain fair prices for Canadians

For full details and to stay updated, visit and bookmark Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

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