Guides to COVID-19 Programs and Benefits
Date posted: April 6, 2020
Are you finding it difficult to keep track of all the benefits and adjustments to programs and services have been developed and are developing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians can help. This resource contains links to information on the ways governments and other agencies are responding to COVID-19. It includes information on employment, housing, businesses and consumers, debts, family law and more. Developed by the Clicklaw team at Courthouse Libraries BC, this list will be updated regularly.
People’s Law School has created Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered, a plain language resource covering much of the same information for BC.
Another very useful resource designed for all Canadians is a plain language guide to help people access government programs and benefits in the time of COVID-19. Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University, has created a Google document with straightforward instructions on how to apply for things like Employment Insurance, Caregiver Benefits, rent subsidies and others. She answers questions like: “I’m self-employed. What benefits can I get?” and “I am at home because my kids cannot go to school or daycare. I need money to make ends meet.” This readable guide will also be updated to reflect changes.
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