Coaching Resources – March 23, 2020
We acknowledge in these uncertain times, that many of our Skate Ontario coaches have been significantly impacted by arena & Skate Canada shutdowns related to COVID-19. With many of our coaches operating as self-employed individuals, we recognize this loss of income is significant. On March 18, 2020, the Federal government announced a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. We want to highlight several parts of this Plan, in case these may offer our valued Skate Ontario coaches some financial support during these uncertain times:
Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents
Introducing the Emergency Care Benefit providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:
- Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for 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, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
- Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.
Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:
- by accessing it on their CRA MyAccount secure portal ;
- by accessing it from their secure My Service Canada Account; or
- by calling a toll free number equipped with an automated application process.
Longer-Term Income Support for Workers
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID’s impact, the Government is:
- Introducing an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5.0 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
This Plan requires Royal Assent and the government has communicated it will be available in early April.
Income Support for Individuals Who Need It Most
For over 12 million low- and modest-income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit (GSTC). This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.
This Plan requires Royal Assent and the government has communicated it will be available in early May.
For more information about Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses, please click here.
For important changes and information affecting tax-filing and payment deadlines with Canada Revenue Agency, please click here.