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Here you'll find some external COVID-19 resources.  

Legislation on COVID-19 disability payments

On July 27, Bill C-20 received Royal Assent. This legislation will provide a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable payment of up to $600 to support Canadians with disabilities to assist with expenses incurred during the pandemic.

To be eligible for the funding, you must be a recipient of one of the following programs or benefits:

  • Are holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate
  • Currently receive Canada Pension Plan disability benefits or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits; or
  • Are in receipt of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada

If you are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) but have not applied, you have 60 days to apply for the Disability Tax Credit and receive the one-time payment of $600.

Are you eligible for the disability tax credit? Find out here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/disability-tax-credit/you-eligible-disability-tax-credit-3.html

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working and are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19. The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit is paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000, which is equivalent to $500 per week. The maximum benefit is 16 weeks.

The benefit is available from March 15 2020 to October 3, 2020. You can apply until December 2, 2020.

To learn more, visit canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

For post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.

This new grant would provide income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19. 

To learn more, visit canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

Canada Student Service Grant

While the COVID-19 pandemic will limit employment opportunities for students, it presents an opportunity for students and youth to mobilize and take part in national service activities that can provide valuable labour market and skills development experiences, while giving back to their local communities.

To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students' significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student's post-secondary education costs in the fall.

To learn more, visit canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

Stay informed about CELA services during the COVID-19 outbreak. You'll find the latest information online at celalibrary.ca/covid-19.

Public Health Agency of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Provincial COVID-19 Resources 

Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada

Learn more about how VLRC is continuing to provide services from the comfort of your own home: visionlossrehab.ca/en