Canada Has A New Online Tool That Tells You All The COVID-19 Benefits You Could Get

You just have to answer a couple of questions.
Canada's COVID-19 Benefits Can Be Figured Out Through A New Personalized Online Tool
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If you've been wondering what help you can get from the federal government during the pandemic, this could help you out. Canada's COVID-19 benefits can be figured out through a new online tool. You'll be told which ones apply to your situation.

Justin Trudeau announced the new web page during his daily press conference on May 22.

"Over the past few months, we've set up a number of programs to help everyone from students to parents to seniors get through this crisis," he said.

That includes a number of benefits like the CERB , the CESB, the summer jobs program and the emergency loan program for Canadians who are abroad.

"If you need support but you're not quite sure where to start, we now have a new online tool to help you," Trudeau said.

You can access that help here .

"You'll find a list of a few simple questions and the tool will generate an array of programs for which you may be eligible," he said.

Doing this doesn't guarantee eligibility but can point you in the right direction.

When you start you have to select the province or territory you live in.

After that, there is a section about lost income because of COVID-19.

Then you have to talk about your situation which includes options if you're working from home or are a student.

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There are also questions about housing, childcare benefits, student loans, and post-secondary plans.

Based on your answers, the site will suggest help that applies to your situation.

If you're a university or college student who is planning to go back to school in the fall and have loans, you could use the CESB, take advantage of the pause in loan payments or get more financial aid for the 2020-21 school year.

However, you still have to check that you're actually eligible for any of the benefits that apply to you.

If your situation doesn't match any of the benefits that the federal government has rolled out, the tool suggests checking back in the future for new benefits.

You can also check with your provincial or territorial government as there might be additional support available.

There is also a tool to help find support for your business like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy or commercial rent assistance.

Lisa Belmonte
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Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Creator for Narcity Media focused on jobs and careers and is based in Ontario.