Unifor has developed a number of documents and online tools to help address your needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to apply for income supports, how to return to work safely, dealing with associated stresses and mental health issues, staying safe in your own home, and more.
For information specifically on income supports during the pandemic, including Employment Insurance and special pandemic income programs, please see the Income Supports tab of this website.
As vaccines begin to roll out across the country, Unifor is also examining the legal and ethical issues surrounding the roll out – including your rights and making sure vaccines go first to those who need them most. Check out the Vaccines tab on this page for more information.
Be sure, as well, to check out the other tabs on this website for more information on resources for Locals, Health and Safety, Regional and sector-specific information.
As we address the on-the-ground needs or our members, Unifor is also campaigning to ensure governments and industry are doing their part to ensure a speedy and equitable recovery, including:
- Build Back Better
- Fair Pay for Health Care workers
- Fair Pay Forever for Retail workers
- Reopening Air Travel
- Hospitality and Gaming
- Fix Employment Insurance
- Race-based COVID data
- Letter to the Prime Minister – Don’t reward the use of scabs
Keep checking back regularly. The documents throughout this page are updated regularly as programs change and new ones are announced.
Education Department webinars
Sign up for Unifor’s Education Department webinar sessions here http://onlineeducation.unifor.org/
Special Recovery Benefits
The federal governmenthas set up several special programs
- Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support ($500 each week, for a period up to 26 weeks) to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. Click here for more information.
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support ($500 each week, for up to 2 weeks) to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they're sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Canada Recovery Benefit
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support ($1000 every 2 weeks, for up to 26 weeks – or 13 eligible periods) to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Click here for more information.
Public Health Canada is your most reliable source for medical information about COVID-19 prevention measures, symptoms, and preparedness plans. You will find a complete list of resources including updates on the government's responses on their website.