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Your employer cannot end your contract if you are sick with COVID-19. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new financial supports have been made available which you may be eligible for if you are laid off or if you become sick due to COVID-19. If you become ill after the initial quarantine period, you may be entitled to either paid or unpaid sick leave, depending on your employment contract and the relevant federal, provincial or territorial employment standards. Contact the employment standards office by telephone or visit their website to find out more.

Please note that although employers must pay you for the quarantine period, employers do not have to continue paying you if you get sick after this period. However, there are income supports available to you if you do get sick.

If you have lost your income because of COVID-19, you may be able to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB gives a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period ($500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.

You may be eligible for the CERB if you:

  • Reside in Canada (including temporary foreign workers)
  • Have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted your EI regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020
  • Had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of your application, and
  • Have not quit your job voluntarily

Note: You will not be eligible for the CERB for the initial quarantine period, so please do not apply for that period.

To apply for CERB, visit:

You may qualify for the Special Goods and Services Tax (GST) Credit payment. The amount you may receive will be calculated based on the information you provided in your 2018 income tax and benefit return. This is only applicable if you filed income taxes for 2018.