Financial Aid and Government Assistance

Support for Individuals

Employment Insurance (EI)

Employment Insurance benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.

Phone: 1-800-206-7218

Website: www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

Phone: 1-833-966-2099

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

BC Recovery Benefit

Apply now for the BC Recovery Benefit, a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.

Phone: 1-833-882-0020

Website: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/economic-recovery/benefit

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period.

Phone: 1-833-966-2099

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-caregiving-benefit.html

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.

Phone: 1-833-966-2099

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-sickness-benefit.html

Income Assistance

If you are in need and have no other resources, you may be eligible for income assistance. This can help support your transition to employment.

Phone: 1-866-866-0800

Website: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/income-assistance

More Support

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Support for Individuals

Support for businesses

For assistance navigating the supports available during COVID-19, and the pandemic recovery period, contact Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Regional Business Liaison; Mandy Rousseau.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

As a Canadian employer who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for one of the two subsidies to cover part of your employee wages.

The CRHP and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or CEWS, whichever is higher.

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/recovery-hiring-program.html

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

Website: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html

Provincial support for BC businesses

Find out more about the Government of British Columbia's range of support measures and assistance available to businesses as part of the StrongerBC Plan.

Website: strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/supporting-bc-businesses

More Support

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Support for Businesses

Government of Canada - Business Benefits Finder

Business Development Canada - Financial Support for Businesses

EDC - COVID-19 business relief