Income Support Programs - Summary

On December 30, 2021 government announced the following

  • Reinstating the $500 Emergency Payment for Impacted Workers. This program will be retroactive to December 17th and will provide those who have seen a 25% or greater reduction in their income a one-time payment of $500. Applications for this program will open later today. This program provides immediate relief for those impacted while they await other benefits.  
  • Islanders who are not able to go to work for less than 50% of their scheduled shifts because they are sick, self-isolating, or awaiting test results will be eligible to be paid through their employer through the COVID-19 Special Leave Fund. This fund is active now and can be accessed immediately by working with their employer.
  • Islanders who are not able to go to work for more than 50% of their scheduled shifts are eligible for federal programs such as:
  • For individuals who do not qualify for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit because they do not fit the criteria - for example, those who are self-employed - the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture will be launching the Emergency Income Relief Program for the Self-Employed which will provide $300 per week for those impacted by a reduction in income.  
  • For anyone who qualifies for any of the programs listed above, it’s important to note that they can still qualify for the one-time payment of $500 through the Emergency Payment for Impacted Workers to provide immediate support.  
  • For those who are self-isolating, or staying home because they have symptoms, who need assistance with food or other essentials, the Department of Social Development and Housing has established a partnership with 2-1-1 to provide support for these individuals while they are isolating. Anyone who needs assistance for essentials such as groceries, dropping off of supplies, home heating assistance or anything at all can call 2-1-1 and they will be connected with appropriate officials to provide these supports.  
  • In addition, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and the Department of Social Development and Housing have worked collaboratively to provide children across the province with a modified school food lunch program next week while children are at home. Registrations will open today and there will be two deliveries made to participants’ homes next week - each delivery will provide three meals for those registered. Registration is now open online.   
Published date: 
December 30, 2021
Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

General Inquiries

Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
3rd Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-5540
Fax: 902-894-0342

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