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Is there any financial assistance available if I am not eligible for regular employment insurance (“EI”)?

On March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB program provided workers who…

As an employer, is it possible to avoid laying off my employees due to the negative impacts on my business in relation to COVID-19?

On April 11, 2020, the federal government implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). The CEWS was designed to enable employers to keep their employees on payroll while contributing to…

Can an employee refuse to come into work over a fear of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19?

While there are circumstances where an employee could refuse work over a fear of contracting or being exposed to COVID-19, employees should be careful to avoid refusing to work unreasonably…

I am a temporary foreign worker who has been fired amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I received a new offer of employment from a Canadian employer. How can I change employers and begin working as soon as possible?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued a temporary public policy permitting temporary foreign workers to quickly change employers by creating exemptions…

How long is the COVID-19 period?

Since the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave regulation applies retroactively, the COVID-19 period is considered to be in effect from March 1, 2020, and will expire on January 2, 2021. If…

It has been 13 weeks since my temporary layoff and I have not been recalled. Has my employment been terminated?

In most cases, thirteen (13) weeks is the maximum allowable duration for a temporary layoff under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). Absent a recall, at the end of the thirteen…

Are temporary foreign workers required to self-isolate immediately upon landing in Canada, or are they permitted to travel to their final destination in Canada before self-isolating?

Upon arrival in Canada, all travelers, including temporary foreign workers, will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If they are deemed to not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise…

Can my employer provide me with a supplement to my Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. The Government of Canada is allowing employers to register Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (“SUB”) plans with Service Canada that would allow them to top-up EI benefits for laid-off employees during…

Do I qualify for CERB if I have two jobs?

To be eligible to apply for CERB, individuals must demonstrate that they have stopped working for a reason related to COVID-19. Reasons can specifically include the following: An individual lost…