Last week, the federal government revealed some good news for Canada’s essential workers. In every single province and territory, some essential workers will be getting a raise. While there are still a number of details to be officially finalized, provincial governments are already making plans. If you’re eligible to claim the essential workers bonus, here’s exactly what you need to know.\nOn May 7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government had reached an agreement with all of Canada’s provinces and territories, which would allow some essential workers across the country to receive a wage top-up.\nSpeaking at the time, Trudeau explained that both federal and provincial governments had agreed that essential staff needed to be supported.\n"We're relying on these workers now more than ever and we will be there to support them," he said.\nOttawa will be putting $3 billion aside for this new initiative, which equals three-quarters of the total cash needed. The provinces and territories will cover the final $1 billion.\nWhile all of Canada’s regions agreed that essential workers deserved additional support, it will be up to individual provinces and territories to decide who exactly is considered to be an “essential worker.”\nFor example, Quebec has already confirmed that you must be at least 15 years old to apply for their bonus, and have to earn a gross salary of $550 or less per week.\nIn Ontario, those working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, and supportive housing will be eligible for a wage top up, but those working in grocery stores will not.\nAs each province begins to announce their own individual criteria, payment schemes, and regulations for their different wage bonuses, here's exactly what we know so far ...\nAlberta\nHappy #InternationalNursesDay and #NationalNursingWeek to all those on the front lines of care.To our registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses - we thank you for being an indispensable part of Alberta’s health system. pic.twitter.com/uf9Nu1HxES— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) May 12, 2020\nPremier Jason Kenney has revealed that the exact details of the wage boosts in Alberta are still being worked out.\nHowever, Kenney noted that the new funds were likely to be allocated “where it is most needed,” including in nursing homes, long-term care homes, and in seniors' residences.\nThe premier added that any workers that are difficult to recruit and retain, such as health care aides, will be top of the list for the new bonus.\nFor now, no additional information has been shared.\nBritish Columbia\nBy making it possible for people to pick up groceries and feed their families, everyone working in our grocery stores are helping keep our communities going during this challenging time.On behalf of all British Columbians, thank you. pic.twitter.com/WhjHggvIyC— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) May 12, 2020\nFor the time being, British Columbia has not officially announced any plans for the essential workers wage top up.\nHowever, in recent weeks, Premier John Hogan has shown his appreciation on social media for all kinds of essential workers, including health care staff and grocery store workers.\nNova Scotia\nIt will allow us to provide a cash bonus of up to $2,000 for those in the health-care sector supporting the #COVID19NS response on the front lines. The bonus is expected to benefit 43,000 health-care workers in the province. More info: https://t.co/gMmDmkMqmw pic.twitter.com/07HCqtAArB— Stephen McNeil (@StephenMcNeil) May 7, 2020\nIn Nova Scotia, the Essential Health Care Workers Program allows some workers to receive a bonus of up to $2,000 across four months, beginning March 13.\nAccording to the province, eligible employees will include those working at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, in long-term care, home care, emergency health services and some cleaning staff. Employees who volunteered to be redeployed will also be able to claim the cash.\nWorkers can apply for the benefit whether they’re full-time, part-time or casual.\nInformation about how exactly to claim the benefits is yet to be announced.\nOntario\nFull-time frontline staff could receive an additional $3560 over the next 16 weeks. These folks are working day and night to keep us and our loved ones safe. This is just one way we’re saying thank you and showing our appreciation for their dedication. pic.twitter.com/ZjsxAWcqcv— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 25, 2020\nIn Ontario, Doug Ford has already confirmed that province’s essential staff will be getting a $4 hourly pay rise, regardless of their current wage.\nAdditionally, anybody working over 100 hours per month will be eligible to receive a monthly payment of $250. In total, some employees could actually earn an up to $3,560.\nHowever, their criteria exclues many non-health care professionals. For now, the bonus will be given to people working in social services, some care settings, corrections institutions, youth justice facilities and some staff in hospitals.\nThose working in grocery stores or private essential businesses have not been included at this time.\nPrince Edward Island\nYesterday, we launched our plan for the first steps towards our 'new normal' - https://t.co/G5sqU3zFfTI am so proud and impressed with Islanders. We have come together during these unprecedented times but we need to stay optimistic and united as we move forward - #together pic.twitter.com/2ZdnBNVRqv— Dennis King (@dennyking) April 29, 2020\nLast week, the P.E.I. government confirmed that frontline workers in the province would receive a one-time payment of $1,000, providing they’ve earned less than $3,000 in a four-week period.\nInitially, the program was designed for health care workers making less than $2,500 a month, however only 350 Islanders ended up falling into this category.\nTherefore, P.E.I. re-categorized who was considered to be an "essential worker." Now, the criteria includes a huge range of job roles, all of which are listed here.\nInformation about how exactly to claim the cash will be announced this week. Approximately 17,000 locals are expected to be eligible for the bonus.\nQuebec\nOn sait que la bataille contre la COVID-19 est difficile pour beaucoup de monde du côté économique.On est là pour vous aider à passer au travers. Lâchez-pas.Voici les détails de notre annonce d’aujourd’hui pour les travailleurs essentiels 👇 pic.twitter.com/mXEBepw8LS— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 3, 2020\nIn Quebec, the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) will launch this month.\nThe initiative will provide the province’s essential workers with a salary bonus of up to $100 per week for up to 16 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.\nAccording to the government’s website, essential workers will include those working in priority health services and social services, public security services, government services, finance services and more. The full list can be found here.\nThose eligible will be able to apply for the bonus as early as next week.\nSaskatchewan\nYour ongoing dedication and effort has been essential as Saskatchewan pulls together. The application process for this supplement will be outlined in the coming days. #COVID19SK https://t.co/DzYatGf31d— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) April 30, 2020\nSince the federal government announced their increased funding for essential workers, Saskatchewan is yet to make an official announcement about their plans.\nHowever, prior to the federal update, the province had already been offering a temporary wage supplement for lower income essential workers.\nThe supplement offers $400 per month, for up to four months.\nWorkers earning less than $2,500 per month in senior-care facilities, childcare facilities, group homes and emergency shelters are all eligible for the funding, whether their role is full-time or part-time.\nNew Brunswick, Manitoba & Newfoundland and Labrador\nHappy to support the #heartsandsmiles campaign on International Nurses Day to support our nurses, and all frontline healthcare workers. They always have our back, now it’s our turn to have theirs.See how you can support our frontline warriors at https://t.co/lyq4Qg3zxY. pic.twitter.com/6nViIji0Mt— Premier of NL (@PremierofNL) May 12, 2020\nFor now, neither New Brunswick, Manitoba or Newfoundland and Labrador have released any official information about their plans for the essential workers wage top up.\nThe same applies for Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.\nThis article will be updated when further information is available.