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Summary of Current Primary Government Employee Support Programs

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE - TEMPORARY LAYOFF

  • Employees are eligible for regular EI
  • Most typically a minimum of 700 insurable hours required
  • Employer to provide a ROE
  • 1 week waiting period
  • 55% of weekly earnings up to a maximum of $573 per week

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE - TEMPORARY LAYOFF - EMPLOYER TOP UP

  • Employer top up payments are deducted from EI payments
  • If Employer has registered a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program (SUB) with Service Canada payments from the SUB plan are not deducted from EI benefits

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE - REDUCED HOURS OF WORK COMBINED WITH EI BENEFITS

  • EI Work- Sharing Program – To avoid layoffs
  • Employees agree to reduced work schedule
  • Eligible employees receive EI benefits and continue to receive reduced employment income
  • Program can now be extended to 76 weeks

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SICKNESS BENEFIT - UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO QUARANTINE AND ILLNESS WITH SUFFICIENT INSURABLE HOURS

  • No waiting period
  • A minimum of 600 insurable hours required
  • No medical certificate required
  • 55% of weekly earnings up to a maximum of $573 per week

EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT - UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO QUARANTINE AND ILLNESS WITHOUT SUFFICIENT INSURABLE HOURS -EFFECTIVE APRIL 2020

  • Eligible employees receive up to 15 weeks of benefits, up to $900 bi-weekly
  • Application via Canada Revenue Agency
  • No medical

EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT – UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO THE REQUIREMENT TO TAKE CARE OF A FAMILY MEMBER SICK WITH COVID-19 Without SUFFICIENT INSURABLE HOURS – EFFECTIVE APRIL 2020

  • Eligible employees receive up to 15 weeks of benefits, up to $900 bi-weekly
  • Application via CRA
  • No medical

EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT - UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURE AND REQUIREMENT TO CARE FOR CHILDREN REGARDLESS OF INSURABLE HOURS

  • Eligible employees receive up to 15 weeks of benefits, up to $900 bi-weekly
  • Application via CRA

SMALL BUSINESS TEMPORARY WAGE SUBSIDY

  • Period of 3 months
  • 10% of remuneration paid during 3 month period
  • Maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee up to a maximum of $25,000 per employer
  • Subsidy immediately obtained through the reduction of remittances of income tax withheld

 

 

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