Resources to Help Support You Through COVID-19

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Last updated: Wednesday April 3, 2020, 8:00 P.M.

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Canadian Resources

The Government of Ontario is providing the following supports:

  • Waiving the one-week waiting period and the requirement for a medical certificate for employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits to provide immediate support for workers in quarantine

  • The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months in support for people facing unemployment and people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation.

  • Temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments to ensure working families have enough money to support their kids

  • Immediate relief for small businesses with a 75% wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer

  • Support for students and recent graduates, effective March 30 the government of Ontario is placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all student loan borrowers. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.

Learn more at: canada.ca 

Financial Support for Businesses

Helping Businesses Keep their Workers

To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. Immediate relief for small businesses with a 10% wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.

Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes

The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

Extra Time to File Income Tax Returns

For individuals, the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.

Mortgage Support

Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship, as a result, should contact their financial institution regarding flexibility for a mortgage deferral.

Learn more here

A New Indigenous Community Support Fund

We will provide $305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.

Kind Wealth: Free Personal Finance Consulting

Already many of us have seen our investments drop. Some of us (small business owners, contract workers, part-time staff, etc.) may see our incomes drop. The most financially vulnerable among us will struggle to make ends meet. Each of us has reserved time in our schedules to offer complimentary

personal finance consultations to anyone struggling with financial stress and anxiety at this time.

Learn more here

Support for People Facing Unemployment

The New Canada Emergency Response Benefit

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.

  • Workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.

  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.

  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Learn more here

Support for People who are Sick, Quarantined, or in Directed Self-isolation:

The New Canada Emergency Response Benefit

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.

  • Workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.

  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.

  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Learn more here

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

A Moratorium on the Repayment of Canada Student Loans

Effective March 30, we are placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all student loan borrowers. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.

Learn more here

Employment Opportunity

B12 Give is Hiring

Do you want to earn money on your own schedule while giving back and staying active? Then we have the perfect job for you!

 

Food waste and sustainability advocates wanted to fill one of several positions available in order to scale our mission across the GTA.

 

Please follow the link - Apply now - read complete job description and follow the instructions to apply. No experience required.

 

Applications must be submitted as indicated in order to be considered for the role in which you are applying. Good luck!

 

**All positions to be filled post COVID-19**

General Resources

Fresh City Farms - Free delivery of fresh groceries until May 15

Big White Wall - Free 24/7 peer-to-peer mental health counselling services

Meero, a file transfer service, is offering free large-file transfers to ease remote working.

Educational Resources

Adobe is giving higher education and K-12 institutional customers of their Creative Cloud apps the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This is being granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost and is available globally.

Jamm, an audio-visual communication tool used by remote and distributed teams is offering it free of charge.

LinkedIn is opening up 16 of its learning courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.

Zoom is giving K-12 schools its videoconference tools for free.

SuprAcademy is offering free math/science tutoring sessions to high school students throughout April. They are a STEM-focused academic support services provider. Book your tutoring session today!

American Resources

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Resources for Artists, Musicians, and Creatives

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Grants and Funding Resources

Toronto Arts Council has created a TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund that will help artists, musicians, actors, writers, dancers and visual artists who have lost gigs due to COVID-19. The Fund will allocate up to $1000.⁣

Equal Sound has introduced a Corona Relief Fund for musicians in the US with cancelled gigs. Offering a maximum of $500 per cancelled gig. ⁣

The AFC has put together an incredible short term emergency fund for industry professionals working in TV, film, music, theatre and dance. This fund is intended to cover essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. Learn more here.

Writers Trust has launched the Woodcock Fund Grant that provides emergency funds for writers mid-project between $2,000 - $10,000 per applicant. ⁣

Unison Fund is also providing financial assistance for musicians. ⁣

Glad Day Bookshop is administering an Emergency survival fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip based workers. Applications are now open! ⁣

The Grammy Recording Academy has come up with a COVID-19 Relief Fund for music industry professionals to apply for basic living assistance (rent/ mortgage) and up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled. Learn more here.⁣

Facebook’s National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists is now accepting applications from artists who post 40 to 60 minute online performance between today and March 31, 2020.⁣

Format’s The Photographer Fund is helping self-employed photographers facing hardship.

 
 
 
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