Canada launches COVID-19 online benefit finder tool

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The Government of Canada has launched an online benefit finder tool to help Canadians find financial benefits they might be eligible for during the COVID-19 pandemic.




ONLINE BENEFIT FINDER TOOL TO HELP CANADIANS DURING PANDEMIC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of the tool during his daily briefings.

The tool is now live, and will help Canadians determine which financial benefits they can apply for.

Trudeau’s minister for Digital Government Joyce Murray said that the tool will give Canadians information about all the available benefits from the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

The online benefit finder tool can be found here: https://covid-benefits.alpha.canada.ca/en/start




ONLINE BENEFIT FINDER TOOL IS NOW LIVE

The tool starts out by asking you to answer basic questions with multiple choices.

  • which province or territory you live
  • the level of income you lost due to COVID-19
  • your situation (such as if you were employed, self employed, had to take unpaid leave to care for a family member, or if you were placed in mandatory quarantine, or if you were on parental leave before the pandemic, if you are a
    College or university student, or if you were receiving EI until December 29, 2019)
  • whether your mortgage or rent payments will be affected
  • if you receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).
  • if you have outstanding student loans
  • if you are a student planning to go to college or university in the fall
  • if you are receiving OAS (including the allowance or allowance for the survivor)

Once you’ve answered the questions, the online tool will indicate the financial aid you might be eligible for.

The tool emphasizes that the results do not guarantee your eligibility, but does give you a better idea of the help you might be able to apply for, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), deferment on outstanding student loans as well as extra payments through the CCB, additional provincial or territorial government assistance as well as GST credit payments.





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