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"Find financial help during COVID-19" online tool by Government of Canada

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  • May 23rd, 2020 9:59 am
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"Find financial help during COVID-19" online tool by Government of Canada

The Prime Minister announced this benefit-finder tool during a daily briefing. This government site is now live to help students, seniors and out-of-work Canadians find out which benefits they can access.

http://canada.ca/coronavirusbenefits

Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray said in a news release that the tool gives people information on federal, provincial and territorial benefits programs, and mortgage and student loan deferral programs. It will be updated as the government changes the programs or develops new ones.

I tried it out. These are the questions the site asked, my answers and benefits found.

Where do you live? Ontario

Choose the description that best fits your situation.
Some of your income has stopped.

Choose the description that best fits your situation.
Your employer has reduced your hours due to COVID-19.

How much do you expect to earn before taxes per month now?
$1,001 or more.

Are you worried about making mortgage or rent payments?
No, you’re not worried at this time.

Do you receive the Canada Child Benefit?
No.

Do you have student loans you owe the government?
No.

Are you planning to go to college or university in September 2020?
No.

Are you receiving any of the following pensions?
You’re not receiving any of these.

Based on what you’ve told us, the following help is available:
Talk to your employer and coworkers about Employment Insurance (EI) Work-Sharing

Employment Insurance (EI) Work-Sharing does not apply to me since my hours was not reduced by 10 to 60% because of COVID-19.
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