The application portal to new federal government benefits during COVID-19 is open as of Monday, April 6, 2020.
Below are useful links about the various federal government supports.
Please stay healthy and safe.
More information and new USW Guides during COVID-19 are being added to our website daily.
Please visit the USW COVID-19 information online regularly at usw.ca/covid19
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – It’s easy to get confused by daily announcements and changes to government support programs during this pandemic. A new USW guide outlines the details as clearly as possible, including who is eligible, what each program covers and how to apply.
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – Laid off? In quarantine? Unable to work because kids are out of school? Check out the guide for your province or territory on the government support programs you may be eligible to apply for.
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – During COVID-19, workers need to know how the right to refuse unsafe work applies in their situation. This guide provides a summary of the current legal situation with respect to Health and Safety laws governing workers’ rights to refuse unsafe work across District 3 (Western Canada).
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – For those currently on maternity or parental leave or planning to start leave soon, see how the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) applies to your situation.
STATEMENT, 1 April 2020 – For April 4, Equal Pay Day, the USW calls on governments of all levels to put in place programs that give all workers economic security and close the gender pay gap. In Canada, women workers still take home, on average, 30% less each year than what men earn.
NEWS RELEASE, 1 April 2020 – The USW is warning the federal government that its new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) can be misused and abused if it is not carefully designed to prioritize workers’ incomes rather than profits for businesses.
NEWS RELEASE, 31 March 2020 – Provincial and municipal governments must ensure rest stops and other businesses allow washroom access to truckers, couriers and other commercial drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
USW NEWS, 3 April 2020 – The newsletter for District 6 is now available online. We’ve added good information on how to stay safe during COVID-19, as well as great reading on all that’s been happening with Steelworkers around Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
CCPA BEHIND THE NUMBERS, 2 April 2020 – Women are at the forefront of the crisis in their work as primary caregivers and care workers. Not only are women more likely to contract the virus given their roles as caregivers within families and as front-line health-care workers, they also have the least say in the policy response.
USW CAMPAIGNS – If you haven’t already, please take a moment to send our USW letter to politicians asking federal, provincial and territorial governments to take the necessary measures to support workers in this difficult time.
We have a section of our website for COVID-19 updates: www.usw.ca/covid19
The situation is changing rapidly. As a result, we will be sending out COVID-19 updates like this one on a weekly basis. In between, check out our website and tune into our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please stay healthy and safe, wash your hands and take social distancing seriously.
USW National Director