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Other Federal relief programs for individuals and families

Region: Ontario Answer # 7212

The are a number of financial relief programs and other resources available to Canadian individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19.

Here are some of the more common ones:

Increase in the Canada Child Benefit

The Federal Government paid an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This benefit was delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the Canada Child Benefit do not need to re-apply.

Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment

The Government paid a one-time special payment in early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low- and modest-income families. The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples. There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Extra time to file and pay income tax returns

For individuals (other than trusts), the 2019 return filing due date was deferred (postponed) until June 1, 2020.

Also, any new income tax balances due, or instalments, is deferred (postponed) until September 30, 2020, without having to pay interest or penalties. Learn more


New Indigenous Community Support Fund

The Federal Government is providing $380 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.

Support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres

The Federal Government provided up-to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities.

Support for seniors

The Federal Government is reducing the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020.

Support for students and recent graduates

A moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans:

All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.

More information on these and other supports available to individuals and families can be found from the Government of Canada Economic Response Plan website.

For up-to-date information on Coronavirus COVID-19, visit Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and our related links and resources.

Get help from a life insurance advisor

Understanding life insurance and what is best for you can be overwhelming. It is important to get professional advice for your unique situation, and it is more affordable than you think. Life insurance can protect your family, your home and your business.  For a free consultation and quote, contact an Empire Life Insurance advisor.

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