Financial Supports

Financial Supports

Governments and organizations are coming together to respond to the impacts of coronavirus. Financial supports are a big concern, so we will be collecting as many finance related resources as we can on this page. We will direct you to government, agency or community financial supports and resources.  For information relating to your tenancy, or anything else Calgary Housing Company related, please visit the CHC Supports page.We will continue to add resources to this page.

Easy-to-use guide to Canada wide COVID-19 pandemic financial resources - this up-to-date resource lists a variety of financial resources and options available to Canadians, broken down into categories using questions and answers to help guide you. It was compiled by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University, and may be a good starting point if you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to turn. [Added 4/13]

Government Benefits and Info

Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers - To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB, extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19. [Added 4/22]

CRA and COVID-19: Income tax filing and payment dates - Income tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended by the Federal Government [Added 3/27]

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit  - is available to Canadians Beginning in April 2020, by registering for an account with the Canada Revenue agency or by calling 1-800-622-6232. The benefit rate is $2000 per month for 16 weeks or 4 months.

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits will provide up to 15 weeks of income replace for persons unable to work due to illness or quarantine. Find the details and up to date information on Service Canada.

  • Changes to the Employment Standards Code will allow full and part-time employees to take 14 days of job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate, or caring for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate.
  • To be eligible, employees will not be required to have a medical note and do not need to have worked for an employer for 90 days.

Information from the Government of Canada The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Learn about COVID-19 supports for Canadians

  • Increasing the Canada Child Benefit this year
  • Extra time to file income taxes
  • The new Emergency Support Benefit and
  • The new Emergency Care Benefit

Alberta Assistance

Government of Alberta Emergency Financial Assistance may be available for families and individuals facing an unexpected emergency. You can find out more here.

Utility payment deferrals for residential - customers can defer their utility bill payments for the next 90 days and no one will be cut off from these services during the crisis. This includes electricity and natural gas. [View 90-day utility payment deferral PDF]

Student loans repayment holiday - The government will implement a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.

Rental Protection during COVID-19

[Added 3/27] New protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

  • Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1, 2020.
  • Rents on residential properties or mobile home sites will not increase while Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency remains in effect.
  • Late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments until June 30 and cannot be collected retroactively for this time.
  • Landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while COVID-19 is being managed.
  • Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments, or if a tenant refused to negotiate or comply with a payment plan.

Tenants are encouraged to apply for income support programs available through the Federal and Provincial governments.

Community Supports

Women's Centre of Calgary staff and volunteers will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m by phone for referral assistance 403-264-1155. [Added 3/27]

Financial Supports For People Impacted By Covid-19 – Information sheet prepared by Enough For All, in partnership with Momentum, the United Way and the City of Calgary. [Added 3/27]

Financial Supports for People Impacted by COVID-19 - article from Momentum that lists what you can do, and who you can call, based on different scenarios.

Low Income Transit Pass Extension - On Monday, March 16, Council made the decision to extend the validity of our March LITP passes through April. This means that you can use your March 2020 Low Income pass until April 30.

Other Resources

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