When an employee must self-isolate due to a suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19, not only will they worry about their health, they’ll worry about their job and wages.
They may have access to paid sick days, but what happens when those run out?
Fortunately, the government has implemented a variety of wage-support programs for employees impacted by COVID-19, from self-isolating, to caring for dependents, to having work hours reduced or eliminated due to work shortages.
These programs provide offer resources to employees, so the responsibility does not fall solely on the business owners.
Employment Insurance (EI):
EI has changed to support more Canadians through the pandemic.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB):
Income support if employees are self-employed or are not eligible for EI
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB):
Income support if employees must stop work to care for dependants due to closures, high risk and caregiver availability.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB):
Up to two weeks of support if an employee is sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):
A wage subsidy for Canadian employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19.
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS):
Rent and mortgage support for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and cover their fixed costs, such as rent and insurance, while taking a negative impact on their revenues. Government assistance has emerged to help businesses pay for their rent, but many have had their fate put into the hands of their landlords to apply for the assistance. The new Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is being introduced to provide rent relief for businesses and allows these businesses to apply to the assistance directly as opposed to waiting for their landlords to do so.