What benefits are available to help me financially during COVID-19?Updated May 10

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian and Ontario governments offered programs to help people financially. Many benefits that were available early in the pandemic have now ended. For example, the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) are no longer available.

See the charts below for what benefits are available now.

Along with what's in the charts, you might also qualify for programs, including:

You can also use the Government of Canada’s Benefits Finder to find other benefits or programs you might be able to get.

The Canadian government currently offers the following help:

Benefit Description Notes
Canada child benefit (CCB) One-time extra payment of $300 for each child in 2020.

 

4 payments of up to $300 for each child under 6 years old in 2021.

You had to file your 2018 and 2019 tax returns to get these payments.

 

If you have not done this yet, you might still be able to get this money by filing your tax returns now.

GST/HST credit payment One-time payment in April 2020 of up to $443 for people who are single and $580 for couples without children.

 

There was also a one-time payment of up to $153 for each child under 19 years old. Special rules apply for single parents.

You had to file your tax return to get this payment.

 

If you have not done this yet, you might still be able to get this money by filing your tax return now.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) $500 a week for up to 44 weeks.

 

This is for eligible workers who miss at least 50% of their work week because they need to care of a child or family member.

Apply online.

 

The program ended May 7, 2022.

 

You can apply for back payments within 60 days of missing work. The last day you can apply is July 6, 2022.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) $500 a week for up to 6 weeks.

 

This is for eligible workers who miss at least 50% of their work week because they have COVID-19 or might have it.

Apply online.

 

The program ended on May 7, 2022.

 

You can apply for back payments within 60 days of missing work. The last day you can apply is July 6, 2022.

There is more information about these benefits on the Canadian government’s website.

If you have any questions, you can also call Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914.

The Ontario government currently offers the following help:

Benefit Description Start and end dates Notes
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) Monthly credit available for people with a low to lower their electricity bill. Ongoing Apply online.

 

The credit amount depends on how many people live in your home and your total household income.

Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) Up to $1,000 a year for money owed on electricity or gas bills if someone is behind on their bill.

 

In 2022, the maximum for electric heat is $1,200.

January 1 to December 31, 2022 For more information, contact your energy provider or the Ontario Energy Board.

 

You can get LEAP more than once in 2022.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) People returning to Ontario after being away for more than 7 months no longer have to wait 3 months to get their OHIP coverage back. Started March 19, 2020
Ontario Emergency Assistance Program Emergency income help for people not on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

 

Single people without children can get about $733 a month. Couples and people with children can get more.

New rules started March 23, 2020 Apply online. The amount you can get depends on your household size and income.
OW or ODSP

discretionary benefits

People who are on OW or ODSP might be able to get help with COVID-19 expenses, such as masks, cleaning products, or other items to keep them safe and healthy. Ongoing Contact your OW or ODSP worker or call your local office.

 

There's more information about these benefits on the Ontario government’s website.

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