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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Contact the LEHC Advocacy Department today if you have applied, or are in the process of applying or appealing, social benefits applications. Generously funded by United Way Elgin-Middlesex.
The Government of Ontario issued an emergency order due to the covid-19 pandemic on April 1, 2020. Please see here for all the details. You can also apply for work in the healthcare sector using the province’s new Workforce Matching Portal.
The Ontario government also released a new place to advertise and promote employment in Agri-business and Careers in Food. Please visit here to learn more. Though there continue to be many unprecedented challenges during the covid-19 pandemic, the proactive response, and number of currently available employment opportunities, is remarkable.
Much recognition and credit is due to government, community, organization, essential worker, and individual response to the covid-19 pandemic in Canada. A million thanks to you all for your hard work in doing everything possible to keep Canadians healthy and safe.
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.
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.