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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.

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Service Canada Update: Changes to Accessing Services Amid Covid-19

Service Canada recently announced critical changes for individuals accessing services. Service Canada offices are currently closed to the public and the government is encouraging people to apply online or by phone. Longer than normal wait times are to be expected. We understand that people may not have access to computers, Internet, or smart phones. This is a major barrier for the most vulnerable Canadians right now. Please visit here for more information on eligibility and applying for social assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Please note that the assistance was designed for individuals that were already in the workforce before the pandemic, and for households that have been affected by extended school closures, layoffs, and quarantines due to Covid-19. For individuals that were not in employment, education or training before the pandemic, and are in need of the financial assistance in Ontario, please visit the province’s Ontario Works website where additional discretionary benefits and smoother application processes have also been announced.

The LEHC will release a screen-by-screen slideshow of the current EI application process soon. Stay tuned and contact us if we can help.

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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.


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LEHC Needs Gently Used Casual and Professional Women’s Wear. Please Donate.

As we approach international women’s day on Sunday, March 8, 2020 it is important to reflect both on how far we’ve come with women’s rights and equality but also how far there is still left to go. Take interview and work clothing, for example. Every year, Moores generously donates many suits for men in need to access for interviews or networking efforts or even just to boost confidence. The LEHC has started to focus more on clothing for women in need and wants to build up its collection to support its women clients in the same way. Contact LEHC to donate or inform us if you know of any good sources! 519-439-0501 or info@lehc.ca. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate the strength and courage of women, not just on this day but every day.