Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons. You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $595 a week. As of September 25, 2021, there are some temporary changes to the EI program to help you access EI benefits. These changes will be in effect for 1 year. Go to EI benefits to find the benefit type that applies to your situation.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The CRB provides eligible workers with $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by 50 percent due to COVID-19.
Canada-Recovery Care-giving Benefit (CRCB)
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19.
Ontario’s Job Protected Leave
The Employment Standards Act allows workers to take unpaid, job-protected infectious disease emergency leave if they are not performing the duties of their position because of specified reasons related to a designated infectious disease, such as COVID. Learn more about ‘Infectious Disease Emergency Leave by clicking the following link.
Low-income Individuals and Families (LIFT) Tax Credit
The Low-Income Tax Credit (known as Low-Income Individuals and Families (LIFT) Tax Credit) provides up to $850 each year in Ontario personal income tax relief to low-income workers, including those earning minimum wage. It is a non-refundable tax credit that you can use to reduce or eliminate your Ontario personal tax, excluding the Ontario Health Premium.