Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.
Federal Parliament passed C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, to accomplish what is suggested in the bill’s title. Most impactful among the measures is a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which will provide $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
WORKERS WHO MUST STOP WORKING DUE TO COVID-19 AND DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO PAID LEAVE OR OTHER INCOME SUPPORT.
WORKERS WHO ARE SICK, QUARANTINED, OR TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE WHO IS SICK WITH COVID-19.
WORKING PARENTS WHO MUST STAY HOME WITHOUT PAY TO CARE FOR CHILDREN THAT ARE SICK OR NEED ADDITIONAL CARE BECAUSE OF SCHOOL AND DAYCARE CLOSURES.
WORKERS WHO STILL HAVE THEIR EMPLOYMENT BUT ARE NOT BEING PAID BECAUSE THERE IS CURRENTLY NOT SUFFICIENT WORK AND THEIR EMPLOYER HAS ASKED THEM NOT TO COME TO WORK.
WAGE EARNERS AND SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING CONTRACT WORKERS, WHO WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
Canadians can make application through a secure web portal set to launch in early April, with benefits received within 10 days of application submission.