It is extremely important to all of us at OPTY that everyone stays safe, while trying to maintain balance in family, work, business and finances. We have compiled some resources that would hopefully be of assistance to you. A great big THANK YOU to all Albertans for locking arms and coming together. The sources of these resources come from many caring organizations and we are very grateful for the opportunity to share and being helpful.
Advice related to the efforts to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 is constantly evolving and we will try our best to keep this page updated, but please refer to official government websites and publications for all critical information.
Updated: April 02, 2020
If you are eligible for the CERB, you can expect $2,000 ($500 per week) for a 4-week period. It is a single payment for a 4-week period. If your situation continues, you can re-apply for a payment for multiple 4-week periods, to a maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods).
Note: These benefits are taxable and you will need to report any payments received on next year’s tax filing. An information slip will be made available for the 2020 tax year in My Account under Tax Information Slips (T4 and more).
Applications for the CERB will begin the week of Monday, April 6, 2020. There are two ways to apply:
Not sure what financial support you qualify for? Between EI and the new CERB, you shouldn’t have to worry!
Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. Learn More
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 the new toll-free phone number below. 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.
Canada Child Benefit