Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada Child Benefit
 Extra $300 per child through Canada Child Benefit
 As part of scheduled May payment
 If you already receive CCB, you do not need to apply
Special Goods and Services tax credit payment
 Continue to receive GST April 3rd
 One time special payment early May through GST for low and modest-income families
 Average additional benefit close to $400 single and close to $600 couple
 If you already receive GST, you will get it automatically
Extra time to file income 2019 tax returns
 The new deadline is June 1, 2020
 Will continue to receive Trillium, GST and CCB benefits based on the previous filing
 Any amount owing will not have interest applied until the end of August 2020

For Those Facing Unemployment:

Apply for Employment Insurance
 If you have lost your job and qualify for Employment Insurance benefits,
submit your application today
 The waiting period will be waived

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
What is the CERB?

 $2,000 taxable ($200) a month for up to 4

 Available March 15 – October 3, 2020

 Application open April 6, 2020
 Benefits begin 10 days later

You must also have:
 Earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or past 12
 14 days in a row of no income in each four
week period

To qualify you must be: 
 Laid off
 Sick or quarantined
 Caring for your children while without pay
 Without work hours or on unpaid leave

How to apply:
 Online with CRA My Account or My Service
Canada Account or Toll-Free number
 Do not require the record of employment (ROE)
 Pending EI applications automatically move to


Seeking Volunteer Board Members

The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland is looking for a new volunteer board member. As a member of the board, you will help to govern The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland and its two sister agencies, The Help Centre and the Northumberland Community Legal Centre. Board members play a vital role in providing the community voice for these agencies and help to set the goals and priorities for client services and programs.

 The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland is dedicated to providing social-justice advocacy, education, and direct services that empower low-income residents, of Northumberland County to lead more self-determined and meaningful lives.

If you are interested in learning more about what we do or joining our board please visit our website at or contact


Government Benefits


Government benefits are part of Canada’s three-pillar retirement income system, and programs such as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) are key components in the retirement planning of many Canadians. You may be wondering: What are they? Who is eligible? How much will I get? How do I apply? The chart below summarizes the facts about these programs.

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