Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament for Burlington
Support for Individuals

Individuals and families

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

We are providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost income or stopped working due to COVID-19.

An online questionnaire will help us direct you to the service option that best fits your situation (i.e. eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits or not). Apply for the CERB You can also apply over the phone: 1‑833‑966‑2099  
Increasing the Canada Child Benefit

An extra $300 per child was delivered through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20.

This benefit was delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment on May 20. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply. Apply for the CCB  
Extra time to file income tax returns

The due date for filling individual 2019 income tax returns has been deferred until June 1, 2020. Any new income tax balances due, or instalments, are also being deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.

View all income tax and filing payment deadlines  
Mortgage payment deferral

Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral of up to six months.

The deferral is an agreement between you and your lender. Typically, the agreement indicates that you and your lender have agreed to pause or suspend your mortgage payments for a certain amount of time. After the agreement ends, your mortgage payments return to normal and the deferred payments — including principal and accumulated interest – are added to the outstanding principal balance and subsequently repaid throughout the life of the mortgage. To know if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral or to learn what options are available, contact your lender — your bank or your mortgage professional. Learn more about mortgage payment deferral  
Temporary wage top-up for low-income essential workers

All provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to provide wage top-ups for essential workers.

We will provide up to $3 billion in federal support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive.  
Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment

We provided a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low and modest-income families.

The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples. Learn more about the Goods and Services Tax credit  

People with disabilities

Special one-time tax-free payment for certified holders of the Disability Tax Credit

We are providing a special one-time-tax payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid DTC certificate.
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid DTC certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid DTC certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically. Learn more about the DTC  

Post-secondary students and recent graduates

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

We are providing a taxable benefit of $1,250 every 4 weeks to eligible students or $2,000 to eligible students with dependents or with disability who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance or unable to work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is available from May to August 2020. Apply for the CESB You can also look for employment opportunities through the Job Bank  
Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

We are launching the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new CSSG will provide up to $5,000 towards their education in the fall. More details will be made available on the “I Want to Help” platform soon.  
Helping student loan borrowers

Changes to the Canada Student Loans Program

We made changes to the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) to allow more students to qualify for support and be eligible for greater amounts. The changes include:
  • doubling the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broadening eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21.
  • raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
Learn more about changes to the Canada Student Loans Program

Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans

All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020. Learn more about the moratorium on the repayment  
Supporting student researchers and post-doctoral fellows

We are providing additional support to student researchers and post-doctoral fellows through the federal granting councils.

Funding will support a one-semester extension for eligible students whose research scholarships or fellowships end between March and August 2020 and who intend to continue their studies. It will also provide a 3-month extension in funding for holders of federal research grants to support eligible trainees and staff paid out of these awards. Learn more about the Federal Granting Agencies  
Supporting international students working in an essential service

We have removed the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020. Consult the Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

Seniors

Providing a one-time tax-free payment for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement

We are providing a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

This measure would give a total of $500 to individuals who are eligible to receive both the OAS and the GIS, and will help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19. You do not have to apply. This payment will be issued during the week of July 6. Learn more about the one-time tax-free payment  
Temporarily extending the Guaranteed Income Supplement and Allowance payments

We are temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.

This will ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020.  
Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds

We reduced the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25 % for 2020.

Learn more about Registered Retirement Income Funds  

Indigenous peoples

Supporting Indigenous communities

Addressing immediate needs in Indigenous communities

We are providing $380 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities. These funds could be used for measures including, but not limited to:
  • support for Elders and vulnerable community members,
  • measures to address food insecurity,
  • educational and other support for children,
  • mental health assistance and emergency response services,
  • preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about the Indigenous Community Support Fund

Supporting public health needs and preparedness

We are providing $100 million to support a range of federal health measures, including support for preparedness in First Nation and Inuit communities. Learn more about this support to Indigenous communities  
Making personal hygiene products and nutritious food more affordable

We are providing an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can afford much-needed personal hygiene products and nutritious food.

Learn more about Nutrition North Canada  
Providing support to Indigenous post-secondary students

We are providing $75.2 million to offer additional distinctions-based support to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation post-secondary students

Learn more about this distinctions-based support for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education  
Funding for additional health care resources for Indigenous communities

We are providing $285.1 million to fund community-led responses to the pandemic and provide targeted increases in primary health care resources for First Nations communities.

In case of outbreaks, this funding can be used to provide surge capacity and additional support for community-based services in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.  
Boosting the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program

We are providing $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program to address increased demand on the program, which will help individuals and families meet their essential living expenses. It will also help hire additional staff to better serve First Nations communities and connect individuals to other government programs.

First Nations administer the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program. Program staff members play an important role in helping individuals with other needs, including providing referrals to mental health and addictions counselling, and helping families find and apply for appropriate government benefits, such as Employment Insurance, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and the Canada Child Benefit. Apply to the On-reserve Income Assistance program  
New shelters to protect and support Indigenous women and children fleeing violence

We are providing $44.8 million over five years to build 12 new shelters, which will help protect and support Indigenous women and girls experiencing and fleeing violence.

This funding will help build 10 shelters in First Nations communities on reserve across the country (funded through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Shelter Enhancement Program) and two in the territories (funded through National Housing Co-Investment Fund), to support Indigenous women and children. We will also provide $40.8 million to support operational costs for these new shelters over the first five years, and $10.2 million annually ongoing. We are also announcing $1 million a year ongoing, starting this year, to support engagement with Métis leaders and service providers on shelter provision and community-led violence prevention projects for Métis women, girls, and LGBTQ and two-spirit people. The process to access the funding for the shelters will be through an Expression of Interest. First Nations on reserve across the country and Indigenous governments and/or organizations in the territories will be eligible to submit proposals. Learn more about the Family Violence Prevention Program
Indigenous peoples can also access all other benefits.  
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Burlington Centre - Suite 209 (777 Guelph Line)
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