Support For Employees & Individuals


Federal Supports

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.

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Navigating Federal Supports

The Government of Canada has developed an online tool to help individuals navigate the different federal supports available.

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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

The Government of Canada has announced details on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This program will provide $500 per week (up to 16 weeks) for those who have lost income due to COVID-19.

The benefit will be available to workers who:

  • Reside in Canada;
  • Are at least 15 years old;
  • Have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
    • Revision: Applicants can earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
    • Revision: workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19 may now apply for the CERB.
    • Revision: Seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak may now apply for the CERB.
  • Had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Are, or expect to be, without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.

This program is a revision from previous announcements and combines two previously announced programs; the emergency support benefit and the emergency care benefit. Details on how and when to apply are available through an online portal on the Government of Canada website.

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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.

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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.

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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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Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs Program provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills within the not-for-profit, small business, and public sectors, and supports the delivery of key community services.
The federal government is making temporary changes to the program to allow employers to:

  • receive an increased wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
  • extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
  • adapt their projects and job activities;
  • hire staff on a part-time basis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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