Covid-19 INFO

Government of Canada Covid-19 Information Website


Public Health Ontario Covid-19 Information Website


The unfortunate reality of today is a lot of people are losing shifts, being laid off, etc because of COVID-19. If you require financial assistance at this time, you can find information below on ways the Federal Government is trying to help you through these tough times.

Return or repay the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) : CLICK HERE




EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT: Have You Been Laid Off Or Your Hours Reduced? Click Here


EMERGENCY INSURANCE SICKNESS BENEFIT: No Paid Sick Leave, Are You Quarantined, Sick? Click Here


EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT: If You’re Unable To Claim E-I But Are Sick Or Quarantined and/or Are Taking Care Of Family Members: Click Here


NEED MORTGAGE HELP? Mortgage Support For Canadians, CLICK HERE


CHILD CARE BENEFITS: Increased Child Care Benefit Information, CLICK HERE


TAX DEADLINE: Filing Deadline For Individuals Pushed Back Until June 1st, CLICK HERE


Dedicated EI Phone Line: 1-833-381-2725


Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses - March 25, 2020



Hamilton Area Steelworkers Adjustment Committee

1031 Barton Street East

Hamilton, ON, L8L 3E3

905 548 9197

 March 30, 2020

 Dear Comrades, as we move forward during this troubling time involving the Covid-19 pandemic, we have temporarily closed the Adjustment Committees office. Below you will find information regarding income support for those in need of financial support and how to apply.

 Should anyone need assistance or have any questions please do not hesitate to call the above telephone number.

 In Solidarity, Jim

 For those applying for either EI Sickness Benefits or Regular EI Benefits they need to do the following;

 Apply as soon as possible after you stop working. If you wait more than 4 weeks after your last day of work to apply, you may lose benefits.

Make sure you have the following information to complete your application:

  • the names and addresses of your employers in the last 52 weeks
  • the dates you were employed with each employer and the reasons you're no longer employed with them
  • your detailed explanation of the facts if you quit or were dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks
  • your full mailing address and your home address, if they are different
  • your social insurance number (SIN)
  • your mother's maiden name
  • your banking information, including financial institution, branch (transit) number and your account number, to sign up for direct deposit

For EI Sickness Benefits You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $573 a week.

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.

If you are eligible, visit the EI sickness benefits page to apply.

Service Canada is ready to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine, with the following support actions:

  • The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim
  • Establishing a new dedicated toll-free phone number to support enquiries related to waiving the EI sickness benefits waiting period
  • People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate

People who cannot complete their claim for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine may apply later and have their EI claim backdated to cover the period

If you have already completed the application for EI sickness benefits whether you are sick or quarantined and would like to have the one-week waiting period waived, call

  • Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)

It is important to note that no other request will be actioned on this phone line. We will take action only for sick or quarantined clients affected by the COVID-19 for which the application for sickness benefits has been filed.

Regular EI Benefits For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As of January 1, 2020, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $54,200. This means that you can receive a maximum amount of $573 per week.

 You can receive EI from 14 weeks up to a maximum of 45 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate in your region at the time of filing your claim and the amount of insurable hours you have accumulated in the last 52 weeks or since your last claim, whichever is shorter.

 Please review the eligibility criteria before starting your application.

To find out if you are eligible to receive EI regular benefits, you must submit an application online. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application.

The website takes you step by step through the application process and provides detailed instructions on how to complete the form.

When you apply for Employment Insurance benefits, you will be asked for your email address. If Service Canada needs more information about your claim and cannot reach you by phone, a Service Canada agent will send you a toll-free number by email, asking you to call an agent.

If you started a new Employment Insurance (EI) claim within the last 52 weeks and there are still weeks payable on that claim, we will automatically reactivate (renew) your existing claim when you submit your application.

In some cases, it may be to your advantage to cancel or end your old claim and start a new claim, because this may increase the amount of your benefits or the length of your benefit period.

You must decide whether or not to cancel or renew a claim based on your own personal situation.

It is important to consider:

  • if your claim is reactivated and you work after the start of that claim, you may be able to establish a new claim when your existing claim runs out.
  • in order to establish a new claim you must have enough insurable hours and meet the qualifying conditions for a new claim.
  • if a new claim is established instead of reactivating your existing claim, the remaining weeks payable on the existing claim will be lost.
  • additionally, a one-week unpaid waiting period must be served on a new claim before you are entitled to receive payment.

Visit My Service Canada Account for more information about your previous claim. 

Ready to start?

 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Available in early April. Provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support including EI.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.


COVID-19: FAQs about WSIB claims

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Exposure Reporting: Coronavirus in the Workplace

Workplace Exposure to Coronavirus:

 If you believe that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus while performing your work duties, you should complete a WSIB Worker’s Exposure Incident Form (form 3958A).

 When to complete this form:

  • Intended for voluntary use when an unplanned workplace incident exposure has occurred or is believed to have occurred*.
  • No diagnosis nor symptoms are required to complete this form.
  • The purpose of this form is to obtain information about the exposure incident experienced by a worker should an illness or disease occur in the future.
  • Instructions on where to send this form are indicated on the form.

 Where to find this form:

 For assistance completing the Worker’s Exposure Incident Form please contact:

  • Your Union
  • The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL): 1-800-668-9138
  • The Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA): 1-800-435-8980

 *Some Examples of possible workplace exposure situations:

  • Custodial worker sanitizing healthcare equipment in clinic areas, waiting and patient rooms where confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being treated.
  • Grocery store worker stocking shelves or working at the customer check out in a store where it is later confirmed to have had an exposure of coronavirus (customer or co-worker).
  • Transit operators providing public transportation where social distancing is challenging, semi-confined space.

 What if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 as a result of workplace exposure to Coronavirus?

 When an injury or illness happens on the job, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides compensation such as wage-loss benefits, medical coverage and support to help people recover and get back to work.

 For more information on worker’s compensation for COVID-19 please see our fact sheet entitled “Workers’ Compensation & COVID-19: Know your Reporting Rights & Responsibilities”.