Coronavirus and benefits for workers

When my workplace shut down during the pandemic, I was pretty scared. I thought to myself, ‘How long will this last? How do I pay my bills in the meantime?’ I was relieved the government brought in the recovery benefits — the temporary payments helped bridge the gap until my employer reopened for business.

– Shannon, Vancouver, BC

Through the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government stepped in at various points with financial supports for workers. As most workplaces have returned to normal, these benefit programs have been phased out. Here, we look back at the benefits that were available to workers affected by COVID.

The main supports that were available 

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2023
  • Time to read: 4 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Kevin Love, Community Legal Assistance Society

Kevin Love

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