Income supports and COVID-19

While the need to stay home and isolate remains critical for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, this can also cause feelings of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. There are supports in place to help offset the physical, mental, financial burden that may be a reality to some. There are federal and provincial supports in place to assist anyone with COVID-19, including those who are unable to work or taking care of someone with the virus.

Government of Canada COVID-19 benefits and services

Government of Ontario COVID-19 support for people

Local income supports and benefits

Government of Canada COVID-19 benefits and services

The Government of Canada is offering different benefits and income supports (Government of Canada) to help Canadians facing hardship during the pandemic. Individuals who are not a citizen or a permanent resident in Canada can still receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (Government of Canada) if they meet the eligibility requirements (including residing in Canada and having a valid Social Insurance Number).

You will find below a list of available benefits and income supports:

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

Employment Insurance

Government of Ontario COVID-19 support for people

The Government of Ontario passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Government of Ontario) and it provides a job-protected leave to employee in isolation or quarantine due to the pandemic or for individuals who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

The Government of Ontario is providing information about financial, mental health and other supports (Government of Ontario) available to individuals during the pandemic.

You will find below a list of the available financial support:

Emergency assistance

Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Coverage for care

To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Together, these measures will ensure that no one will be discouraged from seeking screening or treatment for COVID-19 for financial reasons. Visit Ontario’s website for more information.

Local income supports and benefits

Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

Financial assistance—Ontario Works

Local supports with basic needs


The Good Food Box

This item was last modified on November 18, 2020