May 29, 2020
Posted in: COVID-19
May 28, 2020
Updates for the Week of May 25-29, 2020:
COVID-19 Information Online
Residents of Saskatchewan can go to the Saskatchewan government website for reliable information related to COVID-19 in our province.
The Province of Saskatchewan has announced a phased Re-Open Saskatchewan plan to slowly lift restrictions. For details, click here.
We encourage the entire GDI community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week. The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.
The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.
The benefit will be available to workers:
To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.
Employment Insurance (EI)
For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.
All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB
Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.
Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.
Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online.
Support for Students and Recent Graduates
The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.
Canada Pension Plan
If you have questions about the CPP, you can call 1-800-277-9914.
Old Age Security
If you have questions about OAS, you can call 1-800-277-9914.
Help applying for a benefit
If someone needs help applying for a benefit, they can complete a service request form at: https://sr-ds.powerappsportals.com/caseintakeen/. Someone from Service Canada will call them within two days.
If community members don’t have access to the internet or have trouble using it, they can call 1-877-631-2657 for immediate assistance. This is a special line for people who previously relied on in-person services.
Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.
Métis-specific emergency response
*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website
On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.
MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program
MN–S Childcare Support
MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program
For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.