The provincial and federal governments are partnering to implement the Canada – New Brunswick Housing Benefit. The program will support approximately 6,600 New Brunswick households over the next seven years.
This portable benefit aims to help low-income working parents and their children access adequate and affordable rental accommodations that meet their needs.
It will consist of a short-term benefit available for up to three years, averaging between $300 to $475 per month depending on household income, composition and location. It will help low-income families with children directly with costs associated with shelter and, indirectly, with costs of food, clothing, child care and transportation.
The application process will be open to eligible low-income families in the coming months.
The provincial government announced several investments to support workforce training in various regions.
The investments include $2.2 million for the Center-du-Québec and Mauricie regions, $1.3 million for the Outaouais region, $464,855 for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, $200,000 for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, $114,000 for the Côte-Nord region, and $100,00 for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
The training is linked to fields where employment prospects are good, such as information, construction and health.
The provincial government is investing $600,000 in a skills training project in the Waterloo region to prepare 30 women and individuals from underrepresented groups for careers in the trucking industry.
The fourteen-week training focuses on improving the participants’ soft and technical skills.
Participants will obtain their AZ drivers license, which is required to become a commercial truck driver in Ontario, as well as a certificate of completion that demonstrates to employers one has met training requirements.
Childcare services and supports will also be provided for eligible program participants.
The first cohort will begin training on May 3, 2021.
The provincial government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection, and redesign workstations to better protect workers.
Under the new Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program, farms and agri-food businesses that hire three or more employees will be eligible for funding.
Detailed program information and application forms will be available when the intake opens on April 22, 2021 and cover costs retroactive to March 13, 2021.
Applications will be accepted while funding is available or until November 30, 2021.
The provincial government extended the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy by three months until June 30, 2021.
The program operates as a temporary training subsidy to provide businesses with financial support to train employees as they adjust to the impacts of the pandemic and safely align business activities with the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
Eligible private-sector employers are reimbursed 100 percent of employee training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000.
The provincial government will contribute up to $1.84 million in 2021-22 to continue supporting the Discounted Bus Pass program, which allows Saskatchewan residents who receive income assistance to buy bus passes at a more affordable price.
Through the program, the cost of a monthly bus pass is reduced by $25. Some cities also offer further discounts to those with low incomes.
The provincial government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders.
The new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant will provide affected businesses with up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance and utilities, or the purchase of perishable goods.
The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since February 1, 2021.
Students attending post-secondary institutions have access to emergency assistance funding to help them cope with financial pressures caused by COVID-19 thanks to a one-time investment of $3.5 million in financial aid.
The non-repayable emergency assistance can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are returning to campuses for 2021-22.
Students may apply to access these funds by contacting their school’s financial aid office or Indigenous student service centre.
Employers and employees throughout B.C. who work in the tourism, hospitality, and community social services sectors now have access to vital mental health resources with the creation of a digital resource hub.
The hub offers a range of tools to help address common workplace concerns, such as bullying, harassment, COVID-19 exposure, coping with stress, and more.