Community Resources

Our resource guide is for people who are looking for information to help deal with COVID-19. Below, we’ve provided links to resources in Canada, Alberta and select cities. Please note that this guide will be updated on a regular basis.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

COVID-19 (printable resources, more health information)

World Health Organization

Small business resources, helping kids cope, mental health resources.

EI and Emergency Support

Here are some of the benefits you may be eligible for:

Employment Insurance:

  • The government is waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in imposed quarantine.
  • For additional information visit the EI website.

Emergency Care Benefit:

  • Intended for those who don’t qualify for EI, can’t go to work, and don’t have paid sick leave:
    • Provides up to $900 every two weeks for up to 15 weeks, to those affected by COVID-19.
  • Who can apply:
    • Workers – including self-employed – who are quarantined or sick within with COVID-19
    • Those staying home to take care of a family member with COVID-19 who doesn’t qualify
    • Parents staying home to care for children because of school closures

For additional information visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

The Emergency Support Benefit: Intended to be a long-term income support

GST Credit: A one-time special payment by early May close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples

Canada Child Benefit

  • An increase of $300 per child as part of the May payment.

Canada Student Loans

  • Placing a 6-month free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of paying these loans

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)

  • Reducing minimum withdrawals from RRIF by 25% for 2020.

General Resources/News

Hygiene

Food & Other Essential Services

  • Calgary CO-OP is providing FREE Care Packages for quarantined people. Find out more. Ends April 15th, 2020 (while supplies last)
  • Calgary’s Food Bank: The Hamper Request Line (403-253-2055). Emergency hamper distribution officially started on Thursday, March 19.
  • Here are a few other resources to find free food services.

Comments: Many grocery stores and pharmacies are now offering online shopping and delivery. Community Associations are also organizing free grocery and medication delivery. Call your local grocery store, pharmacy or community association to find out what’s available.

These organizations offer free delivery services:

Mental Health/Support

Edmonton

General Resources/News

City updates:

Food Services

Mental Health/Support


Red Deer

General Resources/News

Food 


Lethbridge

General Resources/News

Food


Fort McMurray

General Resources/News

Food

Mental Health/Support

For COVID-19 service updates including FAQs please visit sharpinsurance.ca/covid19