IMPORTANT NOTE: Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please contact agencies or programs listed on this page prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their services

COVID-19 Financial Relief

Site: Halton

Memos and Bulletins
Public Comments If you have an Emergency, please call 9-1-1 (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 
Halton Regional Police Service: 905-825-4777 (non-emergency) 
Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722 
Halton Region Public Health, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or 905 825-6000 or 3-1-1 
Telehealth Ontario, toll free 1-866-797-0000 
Health Canada's Novel Coronavirus Information Line, toll-free 1-833-784-4397 
Other COVID-19 support for residents of Halton 
* COVID-19 Information Sources 
* COVID-19 Community Support 
* COVID-19 Emergency Food Programs 
* COVID-19 Where to Donate 
* COVID-19 Mental Health & Well-being Resources 
* COVID-19 Support for Front Line Workers 
The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly * information will be added to this listing as it becomes available
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) FEDERAL PROGRAMS 
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan * see website for details 
All in-person Service Canada Centres are closed until further notice * access programs and services online 
Support for Individuals 
Find financial help during COVID-19 here 
Individuals and families: 
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 28 weeks to eligible workers (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here or call toll free 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041 * preparing to transition as many Canadians as possible from CERB back into the Employment Insurance program in the coming weeks) 
Employment Insurance (EI): as of September 27, those eligible for EI benefits will receive a minimum benefit rate of $400 per week, or $240 per week for extended parental benefits * those not eligible for EI benefits may be eligible for one of the following, effective September 27, for one year pending the passage of legislation in the House of Commons and Senate: 
* Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): would provide $400 per week, for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support and who are available and looking for work 
* Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): would provide $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19 
* Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB): would provide $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians 
Extra time to file income tax returns: due date for 2019 returns has been deferred until Jun 1 (see here for more income tax filing and payment dates
Mortgage payment deferral (see here for more information) 
Temporary wage top-up for low-income essential workers 
People with Disabilities: 
One-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment (see here for more information) 
Students and recent graduates: 
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB): provides $1,250 per month for eligible students or $2,000 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities who are not eligible for the CERB or EI (for more information on eligibility and how to apply, see here
Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans until Sep 30 (for more information see the National Student Loans Service Centre website
One-time tax free payment: $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) 
Reduced minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (see here for more information on RRIFs) 
Support for Businesses 
Find financial help during COVID-19 here 
* see Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more details 
Support for Sectors 
See Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more details 
COVID-19 Emergency Assistance:  
* short-term financial support for those in a crisis or an emergency situation to assist with rent and food, for example 
* for eligibility and how to apply, see here 
* if you require assistance for a month or longer, apply for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program 
Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS):  
* for seniors receiving payment 
* payments will be doubled automatically for the next 6 months, beginning with the Apr 24 payment 
Ontario Energy Board: 
* COVID-19 Recovery Rate: fixed rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour Mon-Sun 24 hrs, Jun 1- Oct 31 (rate will be automatically applied * time-of-use rates remain suspended) 
* electricity disconnection ban extended: disconnection for non-payment has been banned for residential and low-volume, small business customers until Jul 31 
* bill assistance programs for low-income consumers including the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP, a one time, on-bill credit to eligible residential electricity and natural gas customers), Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP - monthly on-bill credit for electricity), and Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP - one-time emergency grant for electricity or natural gas bill) 
* for more information see here 
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP): 
* three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage has been waived 
* those who do not met OHIP coverage criteria and are uninsured will have the cost of COVID-19 services funded by the province 
* currently expired or soon-to-be expired health cards do not need to be renewed to receive access to health services 
* for more information see here 
Legal Information: 
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO):  
* practical answers to questions about the law relating to the COVID-19 situation, including employment and work, family law, housing law, and income assistance 
* updates about changes to government programs and court services 
* for more, see the Steps to Justice website 
Halton Community Legal Services, 905-875-2069 
Legal Aid Ontario, 1-800-668-8258 
Utilities Relief: 
For more information on gas companies' responses to COVID-19, see Union/Enbridge Gas 
For more information on hydro companies' responses to COVID-19, see: Burlington Hydro * Halton Hills Hydro * Milton Hydro * Oakville Hydro * Hydro One 
For more information on telecommunication companies' responses to COVID-19, see: Bell * Cogeco * Rogers * Shaw * Telus
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program, contact for details
Application Call for information
Languages English ; French
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
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Halton Region, ON
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Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading COVID-19 ; Employment / Training ; Income Programs
HCSD Sub Heading Assistance Programs ; Employer Staffing Assistance ; Information & Referral Resources ; Self Employment / Entrepreneurship ; Social Assistance ; Supports for Business ; Supports for Families ; Supports for Older Adults
Service Categories Business Financing ~ COVID-19 ; Canada Emergency Response Benefit ; Disaster Related Cash Grants ~ COVID-19 ; Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance ~ COVID-19 ; Utility Assistance ~ COVID-19 ; Wage Subsidy Funds ~ COVID-19

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