COVID-19 Special Leave Fund

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The COVID-19 Special Leave Fund is a temporary support for workers and self-employed people who are are unable to schedule a vaccination appointment outside of work hours, or unable to work due to illness or COVID-19 testing or self-isolation requirements, and who do not qualify for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit or have access to paid sick leave.  

What is being supported through this program?

This program will reimburse employers and/or a self-employed person without a paid sick leave program for sick time of an employee/person who missed less than 50% of scheduled time in a one-week period:

  • To attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment
  • Due to illness
  • Due to COVID-19 testing, and/or
  • Due to the need to self-isolate

Employer/self-employed people may apply to the program for a maximum of 3 days per week on up to 2 separate occasions to a maximum of 6 days for loss of wages that are less than 50% of scheduled time in a one-week period.

Eligibility dates are from March 1, 2021 and while the province remains under a Public Health Emergency.

Who is eligible for funding?  

An eligible employer:

  • Is a for-profit business or not-for-profit organization;
  • Has physical operations located on Prince Edward Island;
  • Is registered to do business in Prince Edward Island; 
  • Is in good standing with the Province’s Central Default Registry; and
  • Is paying PEI-based employees for scheduled time missed due to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment that could not be scheduled outside of work hours, illness or COVID-19 testing or self-isolation requirements, for which the employee does not qualify for sick paid leave under their employment agreement, or qualify for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, other provincial programs, or other income replacement or insurance program.

An eligible self-employed individual:

  • Is actively earning income from the business;
  • Has declared business income on their most recent tax return;
  • Has business income as their primary source of income;
  • Demonstrates direct personal financial losses due to illness or COVID-19 testing or self-isolation requirements; 
  • Is in good standing with the Province’s Central Default Registry; and
  • Is not be eligible for, or receiving other income support through Business Interruption Insurance, Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, other provincial programs, or any other income replacement or insurance programs.

Who is NOT eligible for funding?

  • Businesses and/or shareholders/partners listed on the Provincial Central Default Registry;
  • Self-employed individuals with commission-based earnings cannot claim for speculative losses;
  • Self-employed individuals not actively earning income from the business and/or businesses not operating; and
  • Employees/self-employed people who lost more than 50% of their scheduled time in a one-week period due to illness, COVID-19, and/or needing to self-isolate.

What Level of Assistance is available?

For employers:

  • Maximum of 3 days of wages per week, per employee;
  • Access up to 2 one-week periods per employee for a maximum of 6 days per employee; a period with only a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for an employee will not count toward the 2 one-week periods per employee; 
  • Calculated on eligible wages paid to a maximum reimbursement of $20/hour or $160/day. 
  • Mandatory Employer-Related Costs (MERC's) are eligible (EI, CPP, WCB, etc.); and
  • A calculated 5% Administration Fee.

For self-employed:  

  • Maximum of 3 days of lost earnings;
  • Can access a maximum of 2 one-week pay periods for a total maximum of 6 days;
  • Calculated $20/hour to a maximum daily reimbursement of $160/day.

What do I need to apply?

Employer:

  • Business banking information, including a copy of a VOID cheque; 
  • Completed and signed Employee Declaration Form for each employee being claimed; 
  • CRA Payroll Account Number; and
  • Submission of a completed online application.  The application must be completed in full (including the attachment of all stated documents).

Self-employed - Sole Proprietorship or Partnership:

  • Business banking information, including a copy of a VOID cheque; 
  • Most recent Statement of Business or Professional Activities (T2125) found in the personal tax return AND most recent HST form; and
  • A completed online application.  The application must be completed in full (including the attachment of required documents).  

Self-employed - Corporation:

  • Business banking information, including a copy of a VOID cheque; 
  • Most recent T4 (salary) or T5 (dividends) from the Corporation showing income from the business; 
  • If you did not receive a salary/wage/dividends, details will be required on how your personal income was affected; and
  • A completed online application.  The application must be completed in full (including the attachment of all required documents).  

How do I apply?

Online applications are recommended; however, a hard-copy application can be mailed or faxed;

Before beginning the application, the Employer must download and complete the Employee Declaration Form

Download Instructions:

  • Download and save the Employee Declaration Form template to your computer.
  • Open the form and print one copy for each employee being claimed. 
  • Complete the declaration, sign, and have the employee sign. 
  • Scan and save each Employee Declaration Form to your computer.  
  • Upload the declaration where specified in the online application form.    
NOTE:  The Employee Declaration Form is not the application.  An online application must be completed and the required supporting documents attached.
  • The online application must be completed in one sitting. Session can time out.  As such it is recommended to: 
  • Have all requested documents saved on your computer and named before starting the application. 
  • The application upload capacity is 8 GBs.  Cell phone images of requested documents (ex. T4 or Employee Declaration Form) NOT recommended unless resolution is set to small.  
  • Scanned or PDF documents are recommended for successful submission.

When is the deadline for applications? 

Applications will be accepted while the province remains under a Public Health Emergency and subject to budget availability.

What are the terms and conditions of the application?

View the full terms and conditions

Is there more help available?

If the COVID-19 Special Leave Fund does not fully meet your needs, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit from the Government of Canada provides financial relief to those missing 50% or more of their scheduled time due to illness or self-isolation. Find out more at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-sickness-benefit.html

The Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit provides income support for workers and self-employed people who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a family member who is ill or required to quarantine, or because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19.  Find out more at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-caregiving-benefit/crcb-who-apply.html 

Contact Information

Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street, PO Box 910
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7L9
Telephone: 902-368-6300
Facsimile: 902-368-6301
Toll-free: 1-800-563-3734
Covid-19 Business Concerns: 1-866-222-1751

BEFORE YOU APPLY:

  1. Employee/self-employed person must have lost LESS than 50% of their scheduled time in a ONE-WEEK period due to illness, COVID-19 testing or self-isolation requirements. 
  2. For Employer applications, the Employee Declaration Form must be complete and have BOTH the Employer and Employee signature.
  3. The use of cell phone images as uploads is not recommended unless the resolution is set to small.  The application capacity is 8 GBs and high-resolution photos will exceed the capacity.  
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