COVID-19 Support for People & Businesses

Supports for Individuals & Families

Service Canada Webinars

Please click on the links below for more information and to register.

Resources from Indigenous Services Canada

Added June 18, 2020

Resources from the Canada Revenue Agency

Support for people facing unemployment

If you need assistance applying for EI, please contact Tom Lambert, Employment & Training Manager, at 705-753-2050.  Tom is available to assist with applications and will require the following information to assist with your EI application:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Employers info, address, phone #
  • First Day & Last Day worked
  • Hours worked last week of work
  • Hourly rate
  • Reason for separation

If you stopped working because of COVID-19 and are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support of up to $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Apply for the CERB through Service Canada or the CRA – not both:…/s…/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Service Canada Information

Supports for Businesses

On June 19th, Ontario announced that loans of up to $50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses.

Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Up to 50% of each loan will be in the form of a non-repayable grant, with no interest due on the loan portion until December 31, 2022. Businesses may use these funds to cover general expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and taxes. They may also be used towards increasing production capacity, developing new products, moving to online marketing, or to make improvements to accommodate social distancing requirements, such as the installation of plexiglass barriers.  Click here to read the news release.

Other measures announced by the federal government to support small and medium-sized businesses include:

  • Payroll support raised to 75 per cent to help employers cover salaries (retroactive to March 15th)
  • Launched the Canada Emergency Business Account to allow companies to apply for loans up to $40,000, interest-free for a year.  If needed up to $10,000 may be forgiven. 
  • Waiving GST and HST payments and import and export duties until June.

More Information:

COVID-19 Information