“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
If you lost your job through no fault of your own — including for reasons related to coronavirus — you may have been eligible for EI regular benefits. These are temporary payments to help those who are out of work.
EI benefits continue to be available to workers who meet the current requirements. To qualify, you must:
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