UPDATE OF COVID-19 (LAST UPDATE: 2 APRIL 20)

UPDATE: (APRIL 2) – Apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with CRA at the following link:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

UPDATE: (APRIL 1) – While details are just emerging from Minister Morneau’s announcement, here is what we know so far: 

April 1, 2020 Minister Bill Morneau announcement on the Wage Subsidy

New – Employer must reapply each month to the Wage Subsidy Program through an online Canada Revenue Agency portal to be established within the next several weeks (6 wks).

  • 75% of wages up to a maximum of $58, 700.00 –  $847.00 per week per employee
  • Asking employers to attest to payment of the remaining 25%
  • 30% decline in revenue for March / April / May calculating the decline using the same month last year
  • For example – If you are applying for March 2020 you will ensure a 30% decline from March 2019

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

UPDATE: (MARCH 27) – New for Businesses 

Wage Subsidy Increased for Employers from 10% to 75% backdated to March 15, 2020

Canada Emergency Business Account – Interest Free First Year of a Loan up to $40,000 with a potential for a $10, 000 forgivable portion

Deferred HST/GST payments and duty on imports until June 2020. Additional measures coming soon.

Watch for Updates & Application Details https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

UPDATE: (MARCH 24) – Ontario Government releases list of Essential Businesses. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

UPDATE: (MARCH 23) – Ontario Government announces the mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces to slow COVID-19. More details to come

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM GLOBAL AFFAIRS – (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)

Please find the following Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19

Should I be cancelling my travel plans because of COVID-19?

Both provincial and federal health officials have issued advice to all Canadians to avoid or cancel all international travel. Many airlines have waived changed fees. In short, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials are asking you not to travel internationally at this time. Health officials are also requesting Canadians arriving back from international travel to self-isolated for 14 days.

The Government of Canada is advising that Canadians avoid all travel on cruise ships due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

 

I am currently outside of Canada. Should I be returning home to Canada earlier than planned?

The government is recommending that travellers find out what options are still available to return to Canada and consider returning as soon as possible. Canadians seeking to return now face reduced commercial travel options and may experience a sudden spike in prices.

To help Canadians abroad return home, the Government of Canada is creating a special financial assistance program, the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. With this program, Canadian abroad directly impacted by COVID-19 will have the option of applying for an emergency loan of up to $5,000 to help secure their timely return to Canada and to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return.

Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.

Click here to access this program: https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-to-provide-financial-assistance-to-canadians-abroad.html

More information here: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221

WestJet Airlines says it will suspend all international flights — including to the U.S — for 30 days, beginning this Sunday March 22.

If you have travel booked through WestJet please visit this link: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/advisories

 

Air travel into Canada
Effective March 18, 2020

  • Canada will deny entry to those who aren’t Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. citizens. Exceptions made for diplomats, air crews, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens.
  • Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board a flight into Canada.
  • Non-domestic flights will be restricted to four international airports located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.

Details: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/new-measures-for-covid-19-response.html

 

Either me or my family member is outside of Canada and is affected by travel bans. What should we do?

  • Canadians travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

 

Where can I get the most up to date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and actions being taken to protect the health of Ontario?

 

What should I do if I think I have symptoms or think I may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-7

 

I have a small business. What has the Prime Minister said about how this will impact me?

  • The Government of Canada has announced an $82 Billion financial Aid Package to assist Canadians. Measures include:
  • $27 billion in direct support for workers and businesses
  • $55 billion for liquidity through tax deferrals
  • Creating Emergency Care Benefit – For the ill, quarantined, self-isolation, or caring for a family member, this will be for 14 weeks for those who don’t qualify for EI
  • COVID-19 Emergency Support Benefit – For those who don’t qualify for EI or are self-employed and have to close down
  • Wage Subsidies for small businesses – Covers 10% of employee salaries for 3 months
  • Temporary boost of CCB
  • GST cheques for low-income
  • Interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans for six months
  • A temporary boost in funding for shelters – for the homeless or people in domestic violence situations and have nowhere to self-isolate safely
  • The creation of an Indigenous Communities Support Fund
  • Increased assistance for businesses through EDC
  • An increase to Farm Credit Canada to help farmers
  • Creation of “The Canada Account” for vulnerable industries
  • Banks to provide flexibility on mortgages and other loans
  • Those owing tax will have until August 2020 to pay
  • Temporary reduction in minimum RRIF withdrawals
  • Insured Mortgage Protection program re-instated temporarily
  • Investment in orphaned well remediation to be announced in the coming days

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

Additional details and links to follow

 

Do you have any awareness resources in other languages available?

 

If I have to stay home from work, will I get EI payments?

 

Is it okay to attend large public gatherings?

 

How do I prevent and prepare for COVID-19?

 

LOCAL RESOURCES:

Member of Provincial Parliament, Laurie Scott: https://www.lauriescottmpp.com/
Kawartha Lakes: https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/living-here/covid-19-information.aspx
Haliburton County: https://haliburtoncounty.ca/
Algonquin Highlands: https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/
Minden Hills: https://mindenhills.ca/
Dysart et Al: https://www.dysartetal.ca/
Highlands East: https://www.highlandseast.ca/en/index.aspx
Cavan Monaghan: https://www.cavanmonaghan.net/en/index.aspx
Brock Township: https://townshipofbrock.ca/resident-services/emergency-services/emergency-planning/covid-19/

Haliburton Kawartha Pineridge District Health Unit- https://www.hkpr.on.ca/

Durham Region Health Department – https://durham.ca/novelcoronavirus

Peterborough Publich Health – https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/your-health/diseases-infections-immunization/diseases-and-infections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/

Should you have any questions or concerns not answered here, please let our office know. We will do our best to direct you to the correct resource.