The Canadian Government Opens Applications for Rent Support

Many businesses in London are uncertain about what the future. No business should have to permanently close due to the unique challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. All community stakeholders must play a part if Ontario (and Canada) is going to keep its economic edge. If you are a local landlord or business, please consider applying for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance today. There is a process, and it will take upfront investment of time right now, but there is support. Contact your local Employment Ontario agency, or other community partners in the area, to learn more. We’re in this together. We’re here for you!

Source: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/

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The CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Application Available Now Through CRA (Canada Revenue Agency)

As of today, there is the option to apply online for the CERB through your CRA account. A blue dialogue box will open when you click apply to notify you of your designated application day. Please only apply on your corresponding day. If it is your day to apply, click to continue. If you have already submitted an EI request, regardless of whether or not it has been approved, you will notice that the next step informs the user that the application for the CERB has already been accepted. The government is doing its best to get these payments to people within 3-5 business days but there is not currently a service guarantee due to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic.

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Please note, the terms do include a section that outlines overpayment of CERB money. The government states that it is not responsible to ensure your eligibility and that if ineligible payments are made, it is the responsibility of the individual to find that out and repay the government any potential overpayments through the CERB. The federal government has hinted at additional financial supports for those individuals not eligible for EI or the CERB. More details to follow.

Most of the covid-19 government announcements thus far have not addressed help for those not in employment, education or training before the pandemic. There has been some money set aside for households with children, however. Please read more here, if this applies to you. Existing provincial funding is still available as usual through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with additional benefits specifically due to the covid-19 pandemic. Stay tuned with the LEHC, a trusted community resource, for the latest developments as they happen.

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The Positivity Wall

Here at the LEHC, like everywhere else, things are very different lately. This may be the first truly global pandemic in history and it seems to have caught humanity off guard. The news cycle is constant covid-19 pandemic articles and people may feel like they are running out of things to do. It is definitely important to stay up to date with the latest news about recommendations and laws from medical professionals and government, but it can also be nice to add other things in the mix every once in a while.

The LEHC has created the positivity wall. The LEHC team has set this up in what would normally be our busy resource centre to give space for positive thoughts and ideas in a very uncertain and scary time. We will share a video with some of those messages soon. Please, offer some of your own in the comments!

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Seeing the positive side of things, this has also been a good time to plan and make sure that the LEHC has an effective and helpful response regardless of circumstance. Stay connected.

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Latest Updates on Accessing Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Service Canada recently announced a new link that will offer more information about how and when Canadians can apply to access financial assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit here for the most up-to-date details an information about what the government is doing to support Canadians during this difficult time. Service Canada kindly requests that individuals submit an online “Request for Service” form to work through specific questions not outlined elsewhere. We remind you that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application system will be available in early April 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Please note, if you have already applied for Employment Insurance (EI), you do not need to apply for the CERB. CERB applications will be automatic for those not eligible for EI.

If you are a business in need of support, please visit here. Your company will need to access these supports through its financial institution.

Financial Supports During Covid-19 in Ontario

The Ontario government has announced $200 million in additional investment to support individuals, including Ontario’s most vulnerable people, businesses, not-for-profits, and charities in the province. There will be frequent updates as the government response unfolds and information about applications and access becomes available. You can read the London Free Press article here. Stay tuned for more.

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Please click here to learn more about the Covid-19 Emergency Assistance or to apply. Processing times will be affected.  You can also click here to learn more about Ontario’s response to Covid-19 in general

Please note, those already accessing social assistance are not eligible for Emergency Assistance but there are plans to make it easier to access discretionary benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic. Other measures are also being put into place to make approval processes easier for both recipients and caseworkers.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic response, please contact us and we will do what we can to guide, support, and direct you: info@lehc.ca | 519-439-0501

Ontario Government Releases an Update Regarding COVID-19 Response

Today, the provincial government released an update informing the public of its efforts to support Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. See here to learn more and stay tuned for further developments regarding financial assistance, job security, recommended precautions, and other updates. Contact the LEHC if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

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LEHC Updates: COVID-19

Effective March 18, 2020

Please note, the LEHC and the Advocacy Department will be switching to remote support until further notice. Engage online at www.lehc.ca or by calling 519-439-0501 or emailing info@lehc.ca or tbrooks@lehc.ca

 

Due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the LEHC will switch to remote support until further notice. The provincial and federal governments both released statements today, with a state of emergency being declared in Ontario until at least March 31, 2020. In the interest of public safety, we will be booking new appointments and supporting our clients by phone or email. We join our community partners in the effort to reduce and stop the spread of the virus, and we hope you will stay safe and healthy, taking all of the recommended precautions from medical professionals.