Government of Canada Supports

In response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada has introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit as part of Canada’s Economic Response Plan.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  1. Workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do NOT have access to paid leave or other income support (including EI).

  2. Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.

  3. Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.

  4. Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

  5. Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Important information for workers who have lost their jobs or are unable to work:

  1. Workers should continue to apply for Employment Insurance

  2. Individuals who have already applied for Employment Insurance will be automatically enrolled for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

  3. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for additional information on how the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will help workers.

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at:

If an individual that you support requires assistance with critical services or benefits they can complete a service request form online. Once the request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact the individual within 2 business days at the phone number they indicate.

Please note: The details listed on this page are subject to change based on the decisions of our partners at other levels of government. We are aiming to keep this information up-to-date, however if there are any discrepancies between what is posted here and official websites then the official websites should be considered correct.

For additional support with Government Canada benefits and resources, the office of Ali Ehsassi, Member of Parliament for Willowdale, can be reached at 416-223-2858 or