Update on COVID-19 support programs

Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Matthew Mackay

Applications are now open for Island businesses and employers to apply for a temporary wage top-up for essential workers and funding to purchase health and safety protective measures in their workplaces.

“I know that the last couple months have been incredibly challenging for both our essential workers and Island businesses. As we move ahead in this transitional phase, we will continue to support you so that we can renew Prince Edward Island, together.”

- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

The COVID-19 Support for Essential Workers – Earning $3,000/Month or Less is a temporary income support for essential workers employed during the PEI Public Health State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible employees earning $3,000 per month or less will receive a one-time payment of $1,000, administered through their employer. To apply, visit:

The COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund helps small businesses purchase and install protective measures, such as plexiglass dividers or handwashing stations to safeguard employees and customers. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 and the program will be retroactive to March 16th to support businesses that have already put measures in place to operate safely. To apply, visit:

For a list of all the COVID-19 funding programs, visit: 

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

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