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Ask your Member of Parliament when more information will be provided about the Emergency Care and Emergency Support Benefits unveiled on March 18, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 response package and when these Benefits will be available.

The Benefits announced include:

  • Employment Insurance (EI) Emergency Care Benefit (available to those who are sick and have to quarantine or self-isolate, and the amount distributed will be comparable to EI)
  • COVID-19 Emergency Support Benefit (available to those who have faced layoff, including those who are self-employed)
  • One-time boost to the Canada Child Benefit
  • One-time top-up payment to low-income individuals and families through the GST credit

While these are welcome announcements to ensure no Canadian has to worry about their financial stability and livelihood amid COVID-19, processing times for income support claims should be eliminated to give direct and immediate support to individuals as quickly as possible to ensure Canadians aren’t left in crisis.

Please copy and paste the message below into an e-mail and send it to your Member of Parliament (click here to find your MP).

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Dear MP [insert the name of your MP],

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, we need to ensure, as a country, we are taking care of each other in the face of lost work and illness. In the age of the gig economy, many Canadians are currently unable to access Employment Insurance and have been left hanging without the supports we need to get by during this public health pandemic.

While I thank the Government of Canada for unveiling Emergency Care and Emergency Support Benefits as part of its COVID-19 response package, I am anxiously awaiting further information such as when and how these Benefits will be made available. Additionally, I also ask for processing times for income support claims to be eliminated to give direct and immediate support to individuals as quickly as possible.

As my Member of Parliament, I am asking you to advocate for the federal government to implement these Benefits as soon as possible to ensure Canadians won’t be left in crisis.

Thank you.

[your name]

 

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