Ottawa, ON (March 18, 2020) – Today, the Government of Canada released Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, a series of measures designed to support workers and businesses through the escalating COVID-19 outbreak. While some details are still to come, today’s announcement includes commitments to provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, as well as $55 billion through tax deferrals intended to help stabilize the economy.

CPA is pleased to see that the federal government is implementing measures to provide direct support for workers which stand to provide some relief for our members who are directly experiencing the effects of COVID-19 through illness, social distancing, quarantine or caring for ill family members. The CPA will continue to engage the federal government to ensure our members are supported by these measures, and that any unique needs of the profession are considered as additional measures are developed.

While some of the details of these measure are still to come, we see the following measures as being of potential interest to members (from the Prime Minister’s news release):

  • Introduce an Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave. This measure could provide up to $10 billion to Canadians, and includes:
    • Workers, including the self-employed, who are sick, quarantined, or who have been directed to self-isolate but do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
    • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent or other dependents who are sick, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
    • EI-eligible and non EI-eligible working parents who must stay home without pay because of children who are sick or who need additional care because of school closures.
  • Introduce an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
  • Provide eligible small businesses a 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities.  This will help employers keep people on their payroll and help Canadians keep their jobs.

To access the available details on the full package of measures announced today in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, please go to:

The CPA will continue to update its members as information and details become available about access to these resources.

For inquiries:

Krissy Murphy
Chief Marketing and Membership Officer
(613) 697-8294

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