If you have lost work or income because of COVID-19, the following resources can help.
Resources published by MaRS:
Government of Canada Website on Programs to Support Individuals: This is an overview of COVID-related programs created by the Government of Canada. It covers employment insurance (EI), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), extra time to pay taxes, an increased child benefit, and more.
Chart on Federal Benefits for Employees Impacted by COVID-19: Remote Law Canada put together this chart that summarizes eligibility for federal government programs, benefit amounts, application processes, and more. It helps you see at a glance which programs would be most relevant and helpful.
First 30 Inc.: First 30 offers displaced employees daily support during the first 30 days following their exit. They have a special free program during the COVID-19 outbreak.
MaRS Job Board: Join the Best in Tech: Find the best jobs with the most innovative companies in the MaRS community.
The HelpList: This job board was created specifically to help people who lost work as a result of COVID-19. It has regular new postings from fast-growing tech companies for a wide range of roles.
The following job boards cater to people seeking remote work:
Beacon: Stronger Minds: Canadian mental health startup Beacon created the free Stronger Minds tool specifically for the COVID-19 outbreak. Stronger Minds offers day-to-day guidance in the form of videos, quick reads and resilience-building activities.
CAMH: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: CAMH gives short, concise tips on managing worry in the middle of a pandemic. It provides links to additional resources for mental health support
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need to talk to someone, you can find a local crisis call centre through Crisis Services Canada. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can find support through your local support centre.