1. For Self-employed workers
Temporary Aid for Workers Program (PATT – COVID 19)
If you are a self-employed worker who is in quarantine because you travelled, you could benefit from the assistance of the Government of Quebec through the Canadian Red Cross.
Please check the eligibility criteria, and then fill out the Canadian Red Cross form to register for the program. We invite you to follow up with the Red Cross at 1 800 863-6582 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week).
Note that you cannot benefit from this assistance if you receive or intend to apply for Employment Insurance – offered by the Federal Government – or any other program.
Employment Insurance for workers, including freelancers (to come)
As of Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Legault government has stated that “employment insurance checks will be given to those who have lost their jobs, including the self-employed, who usually do not have the right to employment insurance, will be entitled to an amount. Mr Trudeau told me that the checks will be ready on April 6. And we are looking into what we can do for people who will need cash before April 6.”. (source)
Canadian Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months to workers who are losing their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CERB will help Canadians who have lost their jobs or who are still employed but no longer in income, who become ill, who are quarantined or who care for someone with COVID-19, as well as parents who have to stop working to care for sick children or who have to stay at home due to school and daycare closings. The CERB would apply to employees as well as contract workers and the self-employed. Registration is done through the CRA website and will be available on April 6. The first checks are expected to fall on April 16. (source).
Other resources for the self-employed and artists in Canada
- Canada Council for the Arts COVID-19 update
- The Canadian Freelance Union
- CMG Freelance
- S'ATTAQ — Labour union for freelancers
- IATSE Canadian locals
- Canadian Actors Equity Association
- Writers Guild of Canada
- Associated Designers of Canada
- Canadian Federation of Musicians
- Playwrights Guild of Canada
- Writers Union of Canada
- Soutien à/de la communauté culturelle québécoise - COVID-19
- Travailleurs autonomes - pub/photo/ illustration / design