Contact LEHC Advocacy Services if…

Have you been denied social benefits? Are you in the process of applying, or needing to apply for social benefits? The LEHC Advocacy Department can help! We’re here to support you. Reach out today to learn more. The LEHC Advocacy Department is generously funded by United Way Elgin-Middlesex.

Contact the LEHC Advocacy Department if you are applying for appealing social assistance applications. 519-914-1737 or info@lehc.ca

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Are You a Healthcare Worker in Ontario? Learn More about Employment Opportunities in these Essential (and Other) Roles.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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