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COVID-19 Weekly Update — April 6

Keep Up-To-Date on COVID-19

AIA Canada has developed a shared file that keeps industry stakeholders up to date on COVID-19. The file lists, by province, the status of the province (restrictions, etc.), updates (supports to employers and workers) and resources (region-specific information on COVID-19).  The file also includes national-level information.

AIA Canada encourages industry stakeholders to sign up for access to the file here: https://forms.gle/UAud3ViRNRzk7bhu6

Employers Operating During COVID-19 – Make Sure To Follow Public Health Guidelines

While operating during the pandemic, businesses are required to follow public health guidelines.

Many provinces have issued alerts about the enforcement of public health guidelines and have means for the public to submit complaints about businesses that they feel are not operating in compliance.

If you have concerns or questions related to public health guidelines, please connect with Erin Chreptyk by email at  erin.chreptyk@aiacanada.com or by phone at 613-809-4671.

Can Your Business Support Government During COVID-19?

The federal government and some provincial governments are seeking the support of Canadian businesses in fighting COVID-19.

The Government of Canada has requested support from manufacturers. More information can be accessed here:

EN:  https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html

FR:  https://www.canada.ca/fr/services/entreprises/maintenirfairecroitreameliorerentreprise/aide-manufacturiers.html

AIA Canada can lend a hand to identify if your province is requesting business support.  Please connect with Erin Chreptyk by email erin.chreptyk@aiacanada.com or by phone at 613-809-4671.

Are Your Employees Eligible for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit?

The online portal to apply for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) opens Monday, April 6. Workers who are eligible for the CERB can expect $2,000 ($500 per week) for a 4-week period in a single payment. If a workers situation continues, they can re-apply for payment for multiple 4-week periods, to a maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods).

The CERB is available for workers who:

  • residing in Canada
  • are at least 15 years old;
  • have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits;
  • had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period.