Updated: 03/18/2020

Together Against Poverty Society

In the midst of this public health emergency, many questions are coming up related to workplaces impacted by COVID-19. Here are basic answers for non-unionized workers. If you are in a unionized workplace, please contact your shop steward or union representative.

LAID OFF DUE TO WORK CLOSURES?
• Apply for regular El benefits
• You will need 700 work hours in last year
• You will need a ROE saying you’ve been laid off from your employer to get benefits
• There is a 1-week wait period (so you will not be paid for 1 week)
• Apply online: https://www.canada.ca/en/servic es/benefits/ei.html
• Call 1-800-206-7218 for more info

LAID OFF AND INELIGIBLE FOR El?
• Apply for the Emergency Support Benefit.
• Amounts and eligibility has not yet been announced
• Applications will be available in April via CRA MyAccount, My Service Canada Account, and yet to be released toll-free number

UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES?
• Parents with children who require care due to school closures can apply for the Emergency Care Benefit.
• 15 weeks of benefits, up to 5900 bi-weekly.
• Applications will be available in April via CRA MyAccount, My Service Canada Account, and a yet to be released toll-free number

UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO SELF-QUARANTINE?
• Apply for El Sickness benefits
• You will need 600 work hours in last year
• You do not need a ROE or sick note to qualify
• The 1-week wait period has been waived.
• Apply online: https://www.canada.ca/en/servic es/benefits/ei.html
• Call 1-833-381-2725 for more info

SELF-QUARANTINED & INELIGIBLE FOR El?
• Apply for the Emergency Care Benefit for workers not eligible for El (including self-employed) who are sick with COVID-19, quarantined, or taking care of a family member with COVID-19.
• Up to 15 weeks of benefits, up to 0900 bi-weekly.
• Applications will be available in April via CRA MyAccount, My Service Canada Account, and a yet to be released toll-free number
DO I QUALIFY FOR WORKSAFE BENEFITS?
• WorkSafe benefits are not available for preventative measures or non-work-related exposure
• Only file a claim for COVID-19 virus infection contracted through work-related exposure.
• Call 1-888-967-5377 for more info

DO I QUALIFY FOR WORK SAFE BENEFITS
• Work safe benefits are not available for preventative measures or non-work-related exposure.
• Only file a claim for COVID-19 virus infection contracted through work-related exposure.
• Call 1–888–967–5377 for more info.