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Coronavirus General Information & Resources

Government of Canada COVID-19 information – Updates, travel advisories, prevention and risk, Canada’s response

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Information about the virus, community resources, self-isolation and testing

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

City of Victoria – COVID-19 information

Municipality of Saanich – COVID-19 information

Town of Sidney – Information about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Capital Regional District (CRD) – COVID-19 information

Island Health – Coronavirus information (COVID-19)

BC Covid-19 Self-assessment tool

B.C. COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information


Government of Canada COVID-19 Information: 1-833-784-4397

B.C. Health Information: 8-1-1

If you are in quarantine and are seeking to waive the one-week EI sickness benefits waiting period: 1-833-381-2725 or via teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

Emergency and travel assistance for Canadians abroad: 1-613-996-8855 or

Labour Program: 1-800-641-4049 (toll-free) or via teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-926-9105

Government Response

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Government press releases


Green Party of Canada Response

Green Party of Canada press releases


Employment Insurance – If Eligible

  • Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons
  • You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $573 a week
  • Some employers provide their own paid sick leave or short-term disability plan. Before you apply for EI sickness benefits, check with your employer to find out if they have a plan in place
  • The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim
  • Priority EI application processing for EI sickness claims for clients under quarantine
  • People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate
  • People who cannot complete their claim for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine may apply later and have their EI claim backdated to cover the period of delay
  • If you are in quarantine and are seeking to waive the one-week EI sickness benefits waiting period:
  • Call this hotline: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
  • Or via teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742
  • EI Sickness Benefits — please visit to determine if you qualify/and to apply for EI sickness benefits
  • Specific COVID-19 information re: EI

If Not Eligible for Employment Insurance

  • Creation of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (up to $10 billion)

    • Originally this was going to be two separate benefits: The Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit — have been combined for simplification purposes

    • Benefit provides $2000 per month for the next 4 months to workers who are not getting a paycheque because of COVID-19

    • Eligibility:

      • Lost your job due to COVID-19

      • Working on a contract basis and lost business due to COVID-19

      • Self-employed and lost business due to COVID-19

      • If you are sick or in quarantine

      • If you are looking after someone who is sick or in quarantine

      • If you cannot work because you are taking care of your kids or seniors

      • If you still have a job but not receiving money from it due to COVID-19

      • Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to the CERB

    • Online portal will open on April 6, or “as quickly as possible,” and people can receive money within 10 days of applying

    • Who is a “worker” under CERB program? A worker is defined as a person who is at least 15 years of age, is a resident in Canada and who in 2019 (or in the 12 months before applying) had an income of at least $5,000 from (a) employment (b) self-employment (c) certain EI benefits

    • Workers from different departments have been deployed to help with influx of applications, employees up to 30 000 to help with this

  • Canadians will be able to apply for CERB through CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account or by calling a toll-free number that has not yet been made public.

International Travel Information

Financial help for Canadians outside of Canada affected by COVID-19

Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada

Government of Canada Official Global Travel Advisory

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice

Information for Businesses

Temporary Wage Subsidy – Helping Businesses Keep their Workers

  • The government recently announced that the wage subsidy for eligible businesses will be raised to up to 75%, to be backdated to March 15.

Work-Sharing Program – Temporary special measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector

Supporting Canadian Businesses Through the Canada Account

Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) – Ensuring Businesses Have Access to Credit

Supporting Financial Market Liquidity

Canadian Federation of Independent Business: Coronavirus and small business: keeping you and your employees safe

Business Development Bank of Canada

YYJ Locals for Locals: Group of community-minded tech and marketing professionals offering pro-bono assistance to local small businesses, restaurants, and bars in Victoria, B.C.

Refugees, Temporary Foreign Workers, International Students, Permanent Resident Applicants

UNHCR Canada: Key Information for Asylum Seekers

How COVID-19 is affecting business at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)



Farm Credit Canada lending capacity increases by $5B to alleviate industry financial pressure


Financial Support Chart: Federal Support Programs

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