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 
Service Canada has begun the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country by appointment only * access programs and services online 
Support for Individuals 
Find financial help during COVID-19 here 
Individuals and families: 
Employment Insurance (EI): as of September 27, those eligible for EI benefits will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here 
Those not eligible for EI benefits may be eligible for one of the following: 
* Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for EI (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here
* Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19; are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19; or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19 (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here
* Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB): provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19; or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19 (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has ended  
* the CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (Aug 30-Sep 26, 2020) 
* apply for period 7 through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 
Mortgage payment deferral (see here for more information) 
People with disabilities: 
One-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment (see here for more information) 
Post-secondary students and recent graduates: 
Changes to the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) allow more students to qualify for support and be eligible for greater amounts (for more information see here
Reduced minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (see here for more information on RRIFs) 
Indigenous peoples: 
On-Reserve Income Assistance Program: helps individuals and families meet their essential living expenses and connects individuals to other government programs (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here
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 
Ontario Energy Board: 
* time-of-use pricing: fixed rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour Mon-Sun 24 hrs, Jun 1- Oct 31 (rate will be automatically applied) 
* 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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