Canadians needing financial help as a result of COVID-19 can now use a new online tool made available by the Government of Canada.
The web-based tool, called Find financial help during COVID-19, on the federal government’s website, is there to help Canadians determine which government benefits programs is best for them.
“During this time of uncertainty, it is now more important than ever that our government be responsive to the needs of Canadians. Digital government's innovative tool, ‘Find financial help during COVID-19,’ ensures Canadians can get accurate and secure information about the range of federal programs they can access, to get the help they need as quickly and easily as possible,” Joyce Murray, minister of digital government, said.
The resource was developed by the Canadian Digital Service, together with partners at Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. It is part of a suite of online tools and resources the government has made available to help people navigate their finances through the crisis.
By answering a few questions, individuals will be presented with a personalized list of financial benefits that could be available to them, based on their specific circumstances.
The tools give people the information they need on federal, provincial and territorial benefits programs available to them, including CESB, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and the Canada Child Benefit top-up, as well as measures such as mortgage and student loan deferrals.