Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program

The Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program is a temporary program to provide financial support to employers to assist their employed workers who have been impacted by reduced hours at work as a result of COVID-19. 

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Eligible employers include:

  • Registered private sector businesses or non-profit organizations in Prince Edward Island where employed workers have experienced a reduction of at least 8 hours per week during the two week period March 16-29, 2020.

Note: Workers laid off during this period are not eligible for support under this program.

How does the Program Work? 

Once you submit your completed application package, you will receive an email confirmation with your online reference number.

A program officer will contact you to review and discuss your application.

Employers who meet the program criteria are eligible to receive the following:

  • A maximum of $250 per week for each employed worker that experienced a reduction of at least 8 hours per week during the two week period March 16-29, 2020 (An example, an employed worker that typically works 40 hours/week was reduced to a minimum 32 hours/week).

Note: Employers are encouraged to complete one application for the two week period. Employers will receive a 50% advance upon approval of application and the final reimbursement will be provided upon receipt of payroll verification.  Employers will be required to complete a payment claim form prior to final reimbursement. 

How do I Apply?

Employers must complete the application on behalf of the employees. 

Documents uploaded in the online form must not have special characters ($, %, _) in the file name. Submissions with special characters in the file name will not be submitted. 

To assess your application you must: 

  • Complete the Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program online application form
  • Upload  Payee Registration Form . This form must be uploaded during the application process. Do not email the Payee Registration Form to Payment Processing.  Maximum file size is 400KB per file.
  • Banking Information - Void Cheque OR Correspondence from Financial Institution for Direct Deposit.  Maximum file size is 400KB per file.

You will also need the following information in order to complete the online application form:

  • Legal Business Name
  • Provincial Corporate Registry Number or Business Number/HST Number
  • Workers Compensation Firm Number
  • Date Business Established
  • Legal Signing Officers

When is the deadline for Applications?

Online applications can be submitted until April 15, 2020

For more information regarding this program, please contact SkillsPEI at 902-368-6290 or 902-438-4151.

Maximum file size is 400KB per file. The label on the upload field will incorrectly indicate that the size limit is larger. The system will accept a larger file; however, when you try to submit the webform this message will display: This service is temporarily unavailable. If you get this message, you will need to reduce the file size and re-upload the file. We are working to increase the file limit.
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General Inquiries

Atlantic Technology Centre
176 Great George Street, Ste. 212
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4K9

Toll Free Phone: 1-877-491-4766
Phone: 902-368-6290
Fax: 902-368-6340