Human Capital and COVID-19 - Information for Staff Members
Updated March 23rd, 2020
For information pertinent to owners, managers, and leaders, please refer to our page here.
We understand that this is a challenging time for you; the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. Restrictions on physical interaction to limit the spread of COVID-19 have led to a suspension of fertility services with no prediction for when services will resume. We have compiled the following resources to help you navigate your way through this very difficult time.
Benefits and Services
Employment Insurance: The wait to apply has been waived and you can apply immediately as soon as you have your ROE (record of employment) from your employer. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html
Emergency Care and Emergency Support: not available until April 2020
Canada Child Benefit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview.html
Canada Student Loans: Effective March 30, 2020, all student loan borrowers will automatically have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. No need to apply.
Economic Response Plan:
Economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period including potential options for workers include temporary income support for workers and parents, longer-term income support for workers, income support for those who need it most, flexibility for taxpayers, encouraging flexibility of financial institutions, and mortgage default management tools. Additional information can be found here:
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Canadians and Businesses
Federal Government Resources:
Gov. Canada – Resources for Canadian Businesses: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html
Public Service Alliance of Canada - COVID-19: Your rights at work: http://psacunion.ca/covid-19-your-rights-work
Provincial Government Resources:
B.C. Gov. Canada - Employment Standards: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020: https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/
The Ontario Legislature has passed the Bill 186 to provide unpaid job-protected emergency leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB):
Your Law Guide in Ontario: