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COVID-19: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

LAST UPDATED: 22 May 2020

ACCESS TO FINANCIAL BENEFITS

SWAN understands COVID-19 is an unprecedented event that has had devastating impacts on your livelihoods. We have been busy exploring financial options and compiling information that can potentially help to address your financial needs.

This web page has been created to share information about:

1. Government Emergency Financial Benefits

    FEDERAL ASSISTANCE:

   

   

 

 

 

 

    PROVINCIAL ASSISTANCE:

2. How SWAN can help during this time

 

3. PACE's Sex Worker Relief Fund

NOTE:  the information on this web page is subject to change on a daily basis as the government and health authorities make more information available.  SWAN will update this web page as information becomes available.  You can also visit the federal government’s Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for daily and up-to-date information.

Canada Employment Insurance (EI)

     - "Regular" Benefits

     - "Sickness" Benefits

  

The first funding cycle of our COVID Relief Fund is now closed. SWAN will continue to fundraise and will announce when we are able to invite a second round of applications. 

 

GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL BENEFITS: Federal & Provincial  

Who is eligible for government emergency financial assistance/benefits?

Information is changing on a daily basis, and the way to confirm whether you are eligible for government benefits is to visit the government's website or call a government phone line:

 

NOTE: eligibility for government assistance and benefits can only be determined by the government; however, SWAN staff can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, and your online application if translation is required.

NOTE:  Government websites and phone lines may be available only in English & French.  Contact our Outreach staff directly for assistance with translation.

The information below describes the different kinds of government assistance and benefits that are available, and may be helpful in determining your own eligibility to apply.  Google Translate can be used for translation of any website to any other language.  

-  government website

- Application Phone Line: 1-800-959-2019 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE  

 

CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT ("CERB")

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

More important information about the CERB benefit is here.

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION

Information about eligibility is located on the federal government’s CERB information website.

Information about how to apply is here.

 
 

CANADA EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ("EI")

"REGULAR BENEFITS"

Employment Insurance (EI) provides up to a maximum of 15 weeks of income support to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs), and who are available for and able to work.

EI recipients are expected to continue to look for work and EI is discontinued when they secure a new job.

"SICKNESS BENEFITS"

Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income support for anyone who is unable to work because of medical reasons. Recipients can receive 55% of pre-claim earnings, up to a maximum of $573 per week.

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION ("Regular Benefits")

Information about eligibility and how to apply for Regular EI Benefits is located on the federal government’s EI website.

If you are eligible to apply, here is what you’ll need for your application.

You can apply online here.


 

There is a dedicated government phone line for any EI-related inquiries: 1-833-381-2725.

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION ("Sickness Benefits")

Sickness Benefits cannot be applied for without a doctor’s note or medical certificate confirming that you are unable to work because of a medical reason.  Qualifying medical reasons include illness, injury, quarantine or any other medical condition that prevents you from being able to work. More information about EI Sickness Benefits is available here.


Information about how to apply for EI Sickness Benefits is here.

CANADA CHILD BENEFIT TOP-UP

This top-up benefit is being provided to parents who are eligible for or who already receive a monthly Canada Child Benefit (CCB). 

The top-up will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May 2020. Parents who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION

“We are providing up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20.” 


Information about eligibility and how to apply is available on the government’s Canada Child Benefit web page.

 

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE  

 

BC TEMPORARY RENTAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

This program is being made available to people with low to moderate incomes who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but who do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.

“To be eligible, tenants must have experienced an income loss or reduction as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION

Information about eligibility and how to apply is available on BC Housing’s BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program website.

If you want to speak to someone in person about this program you can call:

Lower Mainland: 778-452-2836

Anywhere in BC Toll Free: 1-877-757-2577

 

BC EMERGENCY BENEFIT FOR WORKERS

This benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of $1000 to people who have lost income because of COVID-19.

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION

BC residents who have been approved for or are in receipt of the new CERB benefits are eligible for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers.  

More information about eligibility and how to apply is available here.  

Beginning 1 May 2020, people can call 778-309-4630 (or toll-free within BC at 1-855-955-3545), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PDT) for general support or questions.

 

HOW SWAN CAN HELP AT THIS TIME 

 

The first funding cycle of our COVID Relief Fund is now closed. SWAN will continue to fundraise and will announce when we are able to invite a second round of applications.  

 

SWAN's COVID Relief Fund

SWAN has a limited number of $100-$200 payments available to women who need immediate emergency support.  Due to the limited amount of money available, SWAN is able to invite applications only from the im/migrant women SWAN serves. 

 

To be fair, we ask a few questions in order to determine greatest need. To be eligible to receive a payment you do not need to provide your legal name or other identifying information (unless you choose to receive a payment by direct deposit to your bank account). 

Any information SWAN collects as part of our COVID Relief Fund application or disbursement process will be used for these purposes only, and will be destroyed once funds have been distributed.  SWAN will use the number of COVID Relief Fund applicants in ongoing fundraising efforts but no identifying personal information will be used in those fundraising efforts.

NOTE: SWAN is not affiliated with government agencies such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or police.

 

PACE SOCIETY'S SEX WORKER RELIEF FUND 

PACE Society is a sex worker supporting organization in Vancouver. PACE has an emergency relief fund available to sex workers who reside in Metro Vancouver and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Through its relief fund, PACE is able to provide temporary funding assistance of $100 - $200, according to applicant needs and based on PACE’s own assessment process. 

Applications for PACE’s Relief Fund can be completed and submitted through PACE's website.  SWAN staff can provide translation and/or assist you with filling in the application.

 

SWAN's services are free and confidential. 

 

For direct services in English, Mandarin or Cantonese,

call or text 778-865-6343, send an email,

or contact us on WeChat.

 

SWAN operates independently from government, law enforcement and faith-based groups.

With gratitude for the wisdom of all First Peoples, 

we acknowledge that we live & work on the stolen lands

of the Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  

 

 

 

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