COVID-19 resources: economic response plans and advocacy issues

Please Read: As information on prevention, policy, and programs is rapidly evolving, these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date. We provide evidence-based resources and encourage members to dig deeper as their mission/work requires. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.

 

The Government of Canada announced on March 18, 2020 that they are taking immediate action as a result of COVID-19. A sample of these actions include:

• temporary income support for workers and parents without paid sick leave
• long term income support for those who lose their jobs or face reduced hours
• one-time payment for low- and modest-income families
• increase to the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment for the 2019-20 benefit year
• funding to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities
• six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans
• funding to support people experiencing homelessness
• funding to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres
• reduction of required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020
• measures relating to tax filings, including deferring this year’s due date to June 1

Visit federal government site for details.

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information: this resource from the Government of BC provides emerging and up-to-date information on the financial relief available as well as details regarding home and job security; information for employers and employees; childcare, and education.

Emergency Funds and Income Assistance (BC-specific): The Disability Alliance of BC has been advocating at the provincial and federal levels for supports to ensure people with disabilities stay safe during the pandemic. They note the announcement of “emergency measures for people on income assistance (IA) and PWD, including an automatic $300 crisis supplement for the next three months for people on IA and PWD who are not receiving EI or the CERB. Visit DABC’s COVID-19 Systemic Advocacy Efforts to learn about their current work.

Questions and Answers on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (Federal): The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working related to COVID-19. Individuals who are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits, or who have recently exhausted Employment Insurance regular or fishing benefits may also be eligible.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Information on Clawbacks and Enforcement: Provincial and federal governments are working fast to get relief funds to people during COVID-19 restrictions. What happens if you receive money you might not be eligible to receive? These are some things to consider. This information was provided to PAN by Meenakshi Mannoe, Criminalization & Policing Campaigner at PIVOT Legal Society.

COVID-19 Support for Income & Disability Assistance (BC Government): Information from the provincial government on emergency funds, income and disability assistance, BC bus pass program, and more. “Due to COVID-19, new emergency measures are in place to ensure that people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors, do not encounter additional barriers.”

Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers: As part of the BC Government’s response to COVID-19, those who are essential service workers may request emergency child care.

 

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