December 1, 2020
On November 23rd, the provincial government moved Toronto back into Grey, abruptly ending the 2020 racing season. We understand this has cause financial hardship for our members and their employees. In response, both the Federal and Provincial government continue to offer benefits, subsidies, and services to help ease the financial implications cause by this pandemic.
The following are links for benefits available to participants in the Ontario horseracing industry.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – BENEFITS AND SERVICES
Federal Government questionnaire to see which financial benefits you would be entitled to.
Website: https://covid-benefits.alpha.canada.ca/en/province or Call: 1-833-966-2099
Has changed to support more Canadians through the pandemic.
Income support if you are self-employed or are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
Income support if you must stop work to care for dependents due to closures, high risk and caregiver availability.
Up to two weeks of support if you are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19.
A wage subsidy for Canadian employers to re-hire workers previously laid off because of COVID-19.
Rent and mortgage support for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
All financial support and services for individuals, businesses, and industries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT – BENEFITS AND SERVICES
Learn what financial, mental health and other supports are available from the province during COVID.
Website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/taxes-and-benefits or
To find support in your area, call one of the provincial crisis lines or 1-877-330-3213
Contact Ontario 211 by phone at: 2-1-1
- Financial support
- Supports for children and youth
- Emergency shelters and other support services
- Extensions on validations and deadlines
- Mental health, wellness, and addictions support
- Support for seniors and people with disabilities (PWD)
***NEW*** GET SUPPORT FROM LEARNERS Learn about one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners