Income Benefits during COVID-19: A webinar for front-line workers on CERB to EI + new Canada Recovery Benefits

Recorded on October 1, 2020 - CERB payments will soon end but many of your clients will not be returning to work. What will the new Employment Insurance (EI) program offer and who will get access? Who can apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefits?

Get the latest updates and details on the expanded EI program soon to be implemented and the three new Canada Recovery Benefits. These benefits are for workers who don't normally qualify for EI as well as caregivers and workers unable to work or who must self-isolate due to COVID. Experts from the community legal sector will be sharing up-to-date and practical information on these benefits.

*ASL interpretation was provided for this webinar and is featured in the recording.

• Shalini Konanur, Executive Director/Lawyer, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
• Liz Majic, Lawyer with Connecting Ottawa

Please note there are corrections for this webinar

At 18:27 (Slide - Enhanced EI: Waiting Period) Shalini mentions a 14 "week" quarantine to explain bullet #2.  This is meant to be 14 "days".

At 1:17:48 an attendee asked if they should apply for EI sickness benefits because their entire household is in isolation due to someone in their child's class testing positive for COVID. Their employer directed them to be off work for 14 days. The presenters advised that they should not apply for EI sickness benefits and instead consider applying for either the CRSB or the CRCB if they meet the eligibility criteria for this benefit. One of the presenters mistakenly noted that the CRSB is available for two months, when, in fact, it is only available for a maximum of two weeks.

Eligibility criteria for the new Canada Recovery Benefits has been updated since our webinar on October 1st. Please check the Government of Canada website for the most recent information about who is eligible to apply:

Please note: The recording below does not include the first few minutes of the webinar that included introductory remarks, land acknowlegements and legal disclaimers. You can view this information in the presentation slides which are available on this page under "Related Files" along with other relevant materials.

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