As an on-call worker who doesn't qualify for EI, what supports can I get?
I am a casual on-call worker in an office setting where workers are in close proximity, and the work can’t be done from home. I had lung surgery 10 years ago. When the pandemic hit, I declined work, not wanting to be at risk. I’m not eligible for EI.
The Canada recovery benefit (CRB) pays up to $500 per week if you had to stop working because of coronavirus. We walk you through eligibility and the application process here.
The province has also stepped in with financial support. BC residents can receive a provincial recovery benefit as well. It pays a $500 lump sum, tax-free (for those earning up to $62,500). But you have to apply by June 30, 2021. Check out details here.