Support For Employees & Individuals


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 has increased the number of weeks of benefits available for workers eligible for Employment Insurance regular benefits, as well as for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB).

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.

Recovery Benefits

  • Recovery Benefits are available between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
  • The CRA will is open to applications for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.

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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.

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Work-Sharing Program

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

Provincial Supports

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.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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