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Viruses are a common part of our everyday life. Viruses cause illnesses, many of which are mild, like the common cold or flu. The type virus that is so concerning to us right now is called a coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The new virus we are seeing today is named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by the CoV-2 virus is called COVID-19. It stands for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

In the few short months since COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the illness has spread to many people all over the world, including in Canada. That is why the World Health Organization has decided to call COVID-19 a “global pandemic,” which means it is a virus that has spread over multiple countries and regions.

COVID-19 spreads the same way as many other viruses (like the cold and flu) through tiny drops of liquid. These drops are so small that you cannot see them. One way a person can get sick is by breathing in infected droplets. This can happen when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes into the air. It can also happen while talking with or being close to someone who is has the virus. Another way to get the virus is by touching something that the virus has landed on, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This could be something like a door handle, railing, or light switch. Infected people can even pass on the virus when they have few or no obvious symptoms.

COVID-19 may feel different for each person. Many people with the illness may have a sore throat, dry cough, fever, and trouble breathing. Other possible symptoms include chills, body aches or muscle pain, and headache. Some people with COVID-19 may not have any symptoms at all. Most people with COVID-19 will be able to recover in the comfort of their own homes, but some cases may be more serious and require going to the hospital.

The good news is that people are taking COVID-19 very seriously. Doctors, nurses and scientists around the world are working hard to learn about this illness and how to keep people safe. Like many other countries, Canada is taking action to prevent the virus from spreading further. This means a series of public health measures including social distancing, travel restrictions, and business and school closures. These restrictions aren’t pleasant, but are so important in reducing the spread of this virus.

Fortunately, it isn’t just doctors and nurses who are taking COVID-19 seriously. Many people are trying to help. Here in Canada, public health experts realized we had to change the way we were doing some things in order to prevent the spread of the illness. To keep people safe, we have started practicing what is called “social distancing,” also known as “physical distancing.”

Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of this illness. This is the main reason most public places – schools, workplaces, playgrounds, etc. – are currently closed in Canada.

Social distancing means:

  • Staying home as much as you can – don’t go out unless you have to
  • Staying away from crowded places – for example, sports games and events
  • Not meeting in groups – for example, in schools, faith communities, or at social clubs
  • Not shaking hands, high fiving or hugging when you meet someone
  • Staying away from any people who already have another illness, or people who are very old
  • Keeping at least two metres, or six feet, away from people who you do not live with
  • Using phone, texts, or video chat instead of meeting others in-person

In addition to social distancing, there are other things that you can do to keep yourself and other people safe. You can:

  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, especially right after you come home from being out
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Wash door handles, railings, counter tops and other common surfaces often

When you go out, you might want to wear a mask or face covering. If you want to wear one, first look at Health Canada’s guidelines on wearing them and how to make your own.

As of right now, there is no vaccine you can take to avoid getting COVID-19. Experts around the world are working hard to develop one, but it will take time.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the groups in charge of our country’s public health – the Public Health Agency of Canada and other provincial/territorial leaders – have been working hard to ensure that Canadians are protected. They have taken action to identify and manage every COVID-19 case in the country. Many people are working very hard to stop COVID-19, and we will succeed.

If you think you might have COVID-19…

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that you should stay in your home for 14 days if you have symptoms of COVID-19 to avoid spreading it to others. You should also call a health care professional, like your doctor or your local health authority. The Government of Canada also has a tool to help you decide what you should do. You can find that tool here.

If a doctor has told you that you have COVID-19, or if you have been near someone with COVID-19, you should stay in quarantine. This means you should stay in your home and avoid contact with other people.

What does this mean for those with ASD/ID?

Every child, youth and young adult needs support from parents or caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are experiencing right now with COVID-19.  And parents and caregivers need support.  We all need each other as we walk through these challenging days.

Those with autism and intellectual disability may be having an especially difficult time during these times. They may face concerns like everyone else, but may also encounter particular challenges related to understanding, communication, difficulty learning new terms or requirements, managing these challenges along with other health issues or concerns, and coping with changes in routine. These challenges can be even harder during a time like this.

It is important to respond to the unique needs of children, youth and adults by providing trusted resources, support, and public health information. It can be hard to stay up to date. We hope the resources on this website will help direct you quickly to the information you need.Support for Canadians

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT RESOURCES HAS BEEN COLLECTED FOR RAPID SHARING ON THIS WEBSITE. THE INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND RESOURCES TO CANADIANS IS SHIFTING FREQUENTLY.  PLEASE CHECK FOR RESOURCES IN YOUR AREA, AS WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THIS INFORMATION.  WE WILL ATTEMPT TO UPDATE THIS SITE REGULARLY DURING THE PANDEMIC, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONFIRM THE ACCURACY AND CURRENCY OF INFORMATION IN CONSIDERING AND ACCESSING RESOURCES.

Support from the Government of Canada:

For individuals:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides $2000/month to workers impacted by COVID-19, including contractors, self-employed people and seasonal workers. Apply online for the CERB.
  • GST Credit will provide support for eligible individuals. The amount received will depend on your income tax return. More information here.
  • Extra Time to File Tax Return: The filing due date for 2019 income tax returns has been moved to June 1, 2020.
  • Mortgage Payment Deferral: Homeowners experiencing financial hardship may qualify for a mortgage payment deferral of up to six months. To find out if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral or to learn what options are available, contact your bank or your mortgage professional. More information here.

For families with children:

  • Enhanced Canada Child Benefit (CCB) provides a one-time boost of up to $300 per child in May. No action required if you are already registered for CCB. Otherwise, apply online.

For students:

  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide eligible students and new graduates who do not qualify for CERB $1250/month or $2000/month to those with dependents or disabilities. The benefit is available also to students who have jobs but are making less than $1,000 a month. It is available May-August 2020. More information can be found here.
  • Canada Student Service Grant will provide students who choose to do volunteer service up to $5000 for their education in the fall. More information here.
  • Canada Student Loan repayments are paused for six months without penalty, starting April 2020. Maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 has been raised from $210 to $350. Repayment will be paused automatically. More information can be found here

For seniors:

  • Reduced Minimum Withdrawal for RRSP: The required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) has been reduced by 25 per cent for 2020. More information here.

Support by Province/Territory

BRITISH COLUMBIA
ALBERTA
SASKATCHEWAN
MANITOBA
ONTARIO
QUEBEC
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
NOVA SCOTIA
NEW BRUNSWICK
YUKON
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
NUNAVUT

BRITISH COLUMBIA:

For individuals and households:

  • BC Emergency Benefit for Workers provides a one-time additional tax-free payment of $1000 to eligible British Columbians in May. In order to qualify, you must be receiving the federal government’s CERB. Apply online here.
  • Climate Action Tax Credit will provide an additional one-time boost of up to $564 for eligible families of 4 and $218 for eligible individuals in an enhanced payment in July 2020. Children under 18 years old must be registered for the CCB to qualify. No other action is needed; benefit is paid out according to your income tax return. More information here.
  • Evictions ban: Immediate halt on all evictions, except for extreme cases involving safety concerns and court-ordered evictions. View Q&As here.

For parents of children with special needs:

  • Children and Youth with Special Needs services are available to families with greater flexibility. Emergency Relief Support Fund will also provide eligible families with direct payments of $225/month for three months. More information here.

For students:

  • In-class instruction is suspended at all K-12 schools, but continuous learning is available.
  • BC Student Loans repayments are paused for six months, starting April. Repayment will be paused automatically.
  • Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund available for Indigenous students at public post-secondary institutions. Students can apply for non-repayable emergency assistance that can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, groceries, cell phone bills, childcare, medical, dental, optical, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations. Contact the Indigenous Student Service Centre on campus. See backgrounder for contact list.

For people on income assistance:

  • Full exemption of CERB or EI for three months (no clawback).
  • COVID-19 Crisis Supplement of additional $300/month for three months for those who do not qualify for federal emergency supports (like CERB or EI).  “Work search” requirement for those on Income Assistance is suspended for now.

No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.

For people on disability assistance:

  • Full exemption of CERB or EI for three months (no clawback).
  • COVID-19 Crisis Supplement of additional $300/month for three months for those who do not qualify for federal emergency supports like CERB or EI.
  • Those on BC Bus Pass Program will receive their $52 transportation supplement back in cash.

No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.

For seniors:

  • COVID-19 Crisis Supplement: Low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Seniors’ Supplement will receive an additional $300/month boost for three months. No action required, boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.
  • bc211 is available for seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, like grocery pick-up and drop off. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.

Government Services

  • BC Service Centres will stay open, but the first hour of service is dedicated to seniors and other vulnerable people. You can also call for service: 1-800-663-7867.
  • Contact your local MLA for help accessing services and supports in British Columbia.

ALBERTA

For individuals and households:

  • Emergency Isolation Support Program (EISP): Announced on March 18, 2020, Albertans could receive a $1,146 payment for self-isolation. As of April 6, 2020, this program is closed.
  • Job-Protected Leave: The Government of Alberta announced on March 18, 2020, that it will amend the Employment Standards Code to allow full- and part-time employees to take 14 days of job-protected leave. Eligibility criteria can be found here.
  • Utility Payment Deferral: Residential, farm and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s “COVID-19 support for employers and employees” website.

For parents of young children:

  • All classes in K to 12 schools are cancelled until further notice. School authorities will offer at-home learning opportunities for all kindergarten to Grade 12 students. More: Student Learning during COVID-19.

For post-secondary students:

  • Alberta Student Loan: six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta Student Loan payments. The repayment pause will happen automatically.

For caregivers:

  • $3 million will be provided to Caregivers Alberta to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release.

Government Services

Contact your local MLA for help accessing services and supports in Alberta.

SASKATCHEWAN

For individuals and households:

  • Job Protected Leave: Amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will ensure:
    • Employees can access unpaid public health emergency leave;
    • Removal of the requirement of 13 consecutive weeks of employment with an employer prior to accessing sick leave; and
    • Removal of the provision requiring a doctor’s note or certificate
  • Self-Isolation Support Program: Saskatchewan workers forced to self-isolate in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and who are not covered by federal employment insurance programs, will be provided with $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks, to self-isolate. More information on eligibility can be found here.

For essential workers:

  • Temporary Wage Supplement: The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced a temporary wage supplement for lower income essential workers. The supplement consists of a flat $400 per month benefit for up to 16 weeks (March 15 to July 4) for each eligible worker. More information here.

For students:

  • Saskatchewan Student Loan Grace Period: a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place.

Government Services:

  • Saskatchewan Labour Market Services offer career, employment and training information and services to Saskatchewan residents. These services continue to be available from anywhere in the province, by calling or emailing your nearest Labour Market Services office.
  • 211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential information and referral system for thousands of community services available across Saskatchewan.
  • Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) offers a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific. You can reach SPSA by calling 1-855-559-5502 (for Regina residents: 306-787-8539).
  • Contact your local MLA for further help accessing services and supports in Saskatchewan.

MANITOBA

For Individuals and households:

  • Employment Standards Regulation Temporary Exemption: The Manitoba government is adding a temporary exception to employment standards laws to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19. More information here.
  • Utility Support: Manitoba Hydro and Centra Gas will not charge interest or penalties in the event that Manitobans are unable to pay at this time. No customers will be cut off either. More information here.
  • Freeze on all rent evictions set to take effect between April 1 and May 31. More information here.
  • Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) and Residential Tenancies Commission have postponed all non-urgent hearings, which means tenants cannot be evicted unless there is a risk to health and safety or concerns about illegal activity. More information here.

For parents:

  • K-12 education has been suspended for the 2019-20 school year. More information here.

Government Services:

  • HelpNextDoorMB.ca: a web-based application to connect volunteers ready to provide your support with someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times. Puts people all over the province who need assistance easily in contact with those nearby – while adhering to social distancing protocols – who want to help them. For more information, visit: www.HelpNextDoorMB.ca.
  • Contact your local MLA for further help accessing services and supports in Manitoba.

ONTARIO

For individuals and households:

  • Taxpayers (people and businesses) in rural communities in Northern Ontario have an extra 90 days to pay each of their four 2020 Provincial Land Tax installments interest-free and without penalties.

For individuals receiving income support:

For parents of children and youth:

  • Support for Families: The Government of Ontario will provide one-time payments for extra costs associated with school and daycare closures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The one-time payments of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs up to 21 years of age, including children enrolled in private schools. There is no income cap on this program. Apply online here.

For seniors:

  • If you are a low-income senior, you may qualify for monthly Guaranteed Annual Income System payments. The Ontario government is providing temporary top-ups to payments made through the Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS). As of April 2020, monthly GAINS payment amounts will be automatically doubled for a period of six months. If you currently receive the OAS pension and GIS, you do not have to apply. To receive your GAINS payments you must file your return every year by April 30, even if you don’t have income to report, or complete a GIS application and send it to your nearest Service Canada office.

For students:

  • From March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, students will not be required to make any Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan payments, and interest will not accrue on your student loans. You can still make one-time payments online if you want to repay your loan faster. Payments during this period will go entirely towards your loan principal. For more information contact the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) or visit the Canada student aid page.

For workers:

  • The new Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 provides job-protected leave for employees who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or employees that need to be away from work to care for children or relatives. The legislation is effective as of January 25, 2020. The legislation is clear that employees cannot be required to show sick notes. Note that “emergency leave” is already available to many Ontario workers per the Employment Standards Act.

QUEBEC

For essential workers:

  • The Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) financial assistance program is intended to make up the difference between the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and lost income due to COVID-19. The program provides $100 for each week of qualifying work beginning March 15, 2020 for a maximum of 16 weeks. This means that, in addition to their wages, a worker could receive a taxable benefit of $400 per month, for a total of $1,600 for the full 16-week period. Payments will be made every two weeks starting on May 27, 2020. Eligible workers can apply for the program online beginning on May 19.

For individuals and households:

  • The minimum withdrawal from registered retirement income funds (RRIFs) is reduced by 25% for 2020. This matches measures taken by the federal government in order to protect retirees who possess RRIFs who are put at a disadvantage by the state of stock markets.
  • The deadline to pay any Québec Pension Plan, Québec Parental Insurance Plan, Health Service Fund, and Québec drug insurance plan contributions for the 2019 taxation year has been extended to September 1, 2020.
  • On March 17, 2020, Revenu Canada stopped sending employers income seizure by garnishment notices and formal requests to pay regarding tax debts.
  • Deadlines to submit renewal requests to the Shelter Allowance Program are extended by 2 months but in no case later than December 1, 2020.

For parents of children and youth:

  • To financially assist parents who are receiving benefits under the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) during the COVID-19 epidemic, the government has temporarily suspended the withholding of benefits in cases of outstanding debts. This means you will receive your Québec Parental Insurance Plan benefits regardless of any outstanding  payments. 

For seniors:

  • Requests or renewals of advanced payments from the tax credit for home-support services for seniors that would otherwise be filed between March 17, 2020, and June 1, 2020, are granted an extra four months from the renewal date to make the request. Current payments are maintained in the meantime.

For students:

  • The Government of Québec is deferring student loan debt repayments by six-months, interest-free. You do not need to apply for the repayment deferral as it automatically applies to all students.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

For individuals and households:

  • Several temporary changes have been made to tax return deadlines:
  • The deadline to file International Fuel Tax Agreement returns for the first quarter of 2020 (January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020) is extended to June 1, 2020.
  • The deadline to file all other tax returns under the Revenue Administration Act and Regulations is extended to June 23, 2020, including Gasoline Tax, Carbon Tax, Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax, Insurance Companies Tax, Mining and Mineral Rights Tax, Tax on Insurance Premiums, Tobacco Tax.
  • Monthly filers have the option to extend the filing and remittance of tax amounts for the February, March and April 2020 reporting periods to June 23, 2020.
  • Taxpayers who cannot make payments on time as a result of COVID-19 can submit a written request to the Department of Finance, Tax Administration Division, at taxadmin@gov.nl.ca for an exemption of interest and penalties. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For students:

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

The COVID-19 Emergency Contingency Fund was announced by the Government of Prince Edward Island to support Island workers and small businesses who are affected by COVID-19. Originally totalling $25 million, the government announced a $15 million increase to the Fund on April 3 to support island families, workers, and businesses through the ongoing pandemic.

For individuals and households:

  • The Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Income Support Fund provides financial support to residents of Prince Edward Island with a one-time, taxable payment of $750 to bridge the gap between the loss of their job/lay-off, loss of their primary source of income, expired Employment Insurance benefits, or loss of all revenues through self-employment as a result of COVID-19. This emergency income fund is a one-time lump sum payment of $750 from the Government of Prince Edward Island. This emergency income is taxable.
  • The COVID-19 Special Situations Fund (for individuals) will provide up to $1,000 to Islanders who have experienced urgent income loss as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for other federal and provincial funding support. This is a temporary program put in place to support individuals who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and have an urgent need. Individuals may be eligible for up to $1000 between March 16 and June 16, 2020.
  • The Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit provides $1,000 per household to help cover the cost of rent for a three month period. Eligible Islanders will receive $500 in the first month and $250 the following two months, regardless of the number of people in the household or living in the rental unit. The application deadline is May 8, 2020. Visit the website for instructions on how to apply.
  • The Employee Gift Card Program is a temporary program to provide a $100 Sobeys gift value to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice between the dates of April 15th to April 30th, 2020 related to COVID-19. The employer is responsible to complete the application form and distribute the gift card letters to affected employees.
  • The Government of Prince Edward Island announced on April 2, 2020, that eviction orders will not be enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Several temporary changes have been made to tax deadlines and measures:
    • Deferring provincial property tax and fee payments until December 31, 2020;
    • Extending property assessment appeal deadlines for assessment year 2020 to December 31, 2020;
    • Providing interest relief for tax year 2020, including all past due amounts;
    • Suspending tax sale processes for the remainder of 2020; and
    • Delaying mailing of provincial tax bills for 2020 until June.

For workers:

Childhood educators, childcare operators, and parents of children:

  • PEI is providing home learning activities for students for the duration of the confirmed school closures through the Public School Branch (PSB) and La Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) websites.

For students:

  • The PEI government is suspending repayments for provincial student loans for the next six months.
  • The government is supporting the creation of 1,000 new job placements for Island high school and post-secondary students through increases to current employment programs and partnerships with community and industry.

NOVA SCOTIA

For individuals and households:

  • The Government will defer payments for all government loans and small business fees (including business renewal fees and workers compensation premiums) until June 30th.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia will cover extra costs for Pharmacare clients for 30-day refills on prescriptions that would usually be filled for longer periods. Additionally, the government is waving the  $5.00 prescription co-pay for clients of the Income Assistance program and the Low-Income Pharmacare for Children program.
  • Every individual and family member already on income assistance will receive an additional $50.
  • The Virtual School Meal Pilot Program provides nutritious meals to students who relied on school meal programs while schools are closed due to COVID-19. The program is available in 4 Cape Breton communities (Sydney Mines, North Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay) with 12 participating schools. Students and their families are able to order meals from local restaurants. Eligible families will be contacted directly by their school principals.

For workers:

  • The province’s Worker Emergency Bridge Fund will provide a one-time, $1,000 payment to self-employed and laid-off workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance. The fund is intended to fill the gaps left by the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Visit the fund’s website for application details.

For students:

  • The Government will suspend payments on Nova Scotia student loans for six months, until September 30th.

For more information:

For more information, see the “Support for individual, families, and businesses” section of the Government of Nova Scotia’s website.

NEW BRUNSWICK

For individuals and households:

  • During the pandemic, patients with drug coverage under New Brunswick’s public drug plans will only have to pay the initial co-payment on a prescription fill or refill. For example, a patient with a 90-day prescription will only have a co-payment for the first 30-day fill. There will be no co-payment required for the second and third 30-day fills on the same 90-day prescription. This applies to all New Brunswickers that are on the public drug plan, including many seniors and low-income individuals. See the news release here.
  • The Government of New Brunswick has committed to covering the child-care fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The province will also cover any “double fees” for childcare services for essential workers. This includes workers paying to reserve a space at their usual childcare facility, but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities.

For workers:

  • The Government of New Brunswick is making changes to provide job protection for workers by allowing an unpaid leave of up to 15 weeks for workers who must take a leave of absence due to COVID-19.

For seniors:

  • The Government of New Brunswick’s Low-Income Seniors’ Benefit will provide a $400 benefit to eligible low-income seniors. The application period is open from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Individuals can apply online, or print the application, complete it and mail it to the following address:  Finance and Treasury Board, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 1900, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5G4.

YUKON

For individuals:

  • 14-day Unpaid Leave: Under the new regulation, an employee is entitled to a leave without pay for a period of up to 14 days if they require it. Read the new Leave (COVID-19) Regulation.
  • Paid Sick Leave Rebate: supports Yukon workers and self-employed people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebate allows Yukon workers without paid sick leave to stay at home if they become sick or are required to self-isolate while still meeting their basic financial needs. Self-employed people are also eligible for this rebate. More information can be found here.

For parents:

  • Education: face-to-face classes at all K-12 Yukon public schools are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. As of April 16, students will resume learning through distance methods delivered at home. More information here.
  • Child care: Yukoners whose occupations are not considered essential are not permitted to use licensed child care spaces at this time. Licensed child care will continue to be available for children with parents or guardians that are employed as critical or essential service workers and for vulnerable families. More information here.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

For individuals:

  • Flexibility for Workers: While all the provisions in the Employment Standards Act remain in place, the Employment Standards office is encouraging employers to be flexible with employees requiring self-isolation, requirement of doctor’s notes, and family care responsibilities during this time. For more information, contact employment_standards@gov.nt.ca. Read more information for employers and businesses.
  • Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP): In response to residents losing income or their jobs related to the COVID-19 virus, the NWTHC has instituted actions to streamline processes for TRSP to make it more responsive and easier to access. TRSP provides rental support to residents experiencing unaffordable shelter costs.  The program will extend until August 31, 2020.  Other beneficial changes include allowing past participants to apply, raising the minimum subsidy to $100 (maximum $500), removing the requirement to take a financial counselling course, and supporting current participants until the end of August. For a copy of the TRSP application form, click here.

For parents:

  • Education: All JK-12 schools have been closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. More information can be found here.
  • Support for Families, Children and Youth: The Child and Family Services system continues to offer support services to families, children and youth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has also made it easier for families to access one-time, short-term support if they are not adequately supported through other means to meet their basic needs. Examples of supports could include money for food, gas, fuel, diapers, and baby formula. Contact your regional office for more information on COVID-19 specific support services.

Government Services:

NUNAVUT

As of May 4, 2020, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. As a result, there are few government programs specific to COVID-19.

For parents:

  • As of April 17, 2020, all K-12 schools in Nunavut are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. More information can be found here.

More information can be found on the Government of Nunavut’s COVID-19 Support Webpage here.