Support For Employees & Individuals
Union Training and Innovation Program
The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program and has launched two calls for proposals. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through two streams:
- Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment; and
- Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship.
Eligible projects will help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials and support innovation and broad-based partnerships to address challenges faced by apprentices. The Program will also help to reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades among under‑represented groups such as women, newcomers, persons with disabilities and visible minorities including Black Canadians. In order to support institutions as they continue to look at alternative delivery methods for future training, the Government encourages projects that allow apprentices and organizations to continue their training online.
The calls for proposals will remain open for eight weeks, with a closing date of August 28, 2020.
APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR THE INVESTMENTS IN TRAINING EQUIPMENT STREAM
APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR THE INNOVATION IN APPRENTICESHIP STREAM
Navigating Federal Supports
The Government of Canada has developed an online tool to help individuals navigate the different federal supports available.
VIEW ONLINE NAVIGATION TOOL
Support for Canadians
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AVAILABLE SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS
Service Canada has made available a number of resources and informative tools focused on the various benefits available to newcomers during COVID-19. Below are some helpful links to help navigate these resources.
VIEW STEPS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR MY SERVICE CANADA ACCOUNT
BENEFITS FINDER TOOL
EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS
CHANGES TO TAXES AND BENEFITS DURING COVID-19
SCAM PREVENTION INFORMATION
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Note: The CERB has ended.
Even though the CERB has ended, the CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications until December 2, 2020.
- Periods 5 to 7: You can apply through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.
- Periods 1 to 4: You can apply by speaking to one of our agents at 1-800-232-1966. Please note that you may be required to provide additional documentation to the CRA prior to your application being approved.
New Recovery Benefits
- The new Recovery Benefits are available between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
- The CRA will open applications for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit on October 5 and for the Canada Recovery Benefit on October 12.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, recent post-secondary, and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19 and do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:
- $1,250 for each 4-week period; or
- $2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability.
Applications opened on May 19, 2020, and all applications must be submitted before September 30, 2020.
COVID-19 Response Fund
The Government of Canada has announced a COVID-19 Response Fund to support employers and workers. The one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance sickness benefits have been waived and new enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program have been introduced.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Student Work Placement Program
In response to the current challenges, ESDC has introduced the following changes to the Canada Student Work Placement Program:
- Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates to avoid rescinding placements. Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.
- Small and medium-sized employers (who have fewer than 500 employees) and non-profit organizations will be able to use wage subsidies up-front when there is an operational cash flow need.
- Students will be able to work from home.
- Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) will be able to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.
The Government of Canada introduced temporary special measures that extend 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 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector. Businesses should access the Work-Sharing temporary special measures page for eligibility.
VIEW ELIGIBILITY DETAILS
Worker Emergency Bridge Fund
The Province of Nova Scotia has announced a program to aid citizens and businesses affected by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The $20 million Worker Emergency Bridge Fund will help the self-employed and those laid-off workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance. Government will provide a one-time, $1,000 payment, to bridge the gap between layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
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Nova Scotia Works
Nova Scotia Works Centres are very much operational and available to provide services to Cape Breton Employers and Job Seekers through virtual platforms.
VIEW NOVA SCOTIA WORKS CONTACTS