In these extraordinary times, no Canadian should have to worry about paying their bills, rent or groceries. While many Canadians are beginning to return to work, we know that challenges still exist as we slowly begin to restart the economy.
To find tailored financial help during Covid-19, answer the questionnaire available, here.
To financially support Canadians, our government has provided:
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Provides $500 per week for a total of 38 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50 percent due to Covid-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance.
To determine whether you're eligible for the CRB, visit the following link, here.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks for workers who:
To determine whether you're eligible for the CRSB, visit the following link, here.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
Provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:
To determine whether you're eligible for the CRCB, visit the following link, here.
The Canada Child Benefit top-up
Provided an additional $300 per child through the May 2020 payment of the CCB, to help deal with added pressures of COVID-19 on families.
In addition to this, the CCB increased once again in July 2020, to help keep up with the cost of living.
* Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply, as these increases are automatic.
If you are not currently receiving the CCB and want to apply, visit the link, here.
Temporary wage top-up for essential workers
The federal government has provided up to $3 billion to support a wage boost for low-income essential workers.
In Manitoba, eligible employees will have worked in essential services such as healthcare, social services, justice, essential retail, food and beverage, Business Improvement Zones, hotel, and transportation between March 20, 2020 and May 29, 2020.
The application period for the wage top-up is now closed. Eligible applicants should have received their payment on the week of August 4, 2020.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit top-up
Low and modest-income Canadians will have received a one-time, special top-up to their GST credit. The average additional benefit was close to $400 for individuals and close to $600 for couples. Eligible GST credit recipients should have received their top-up in April of 2020.
More information on the GST credit including eligibility requirements, and how much you can expect to receive, is available, here.