Jeff Burch MPP, Niagara Centre

Government of Ontario

Individuals and Families



Ontario has placed a freeze on evictions due to COVID-19.


Ontario has eliminated mid-peak and on-peak electricity rates. All hydro-rates will be reflected as off-peak. 


Ontario will be providing free child care for health care and front line workers. You can see your eligibility here

All other child care centers have been ordered to close under the Provincial state of emergency. This covers all child care settings except unlicensed home daycare, which is limited to 5 children not related to the operator.



COVID-19 – Benefits and services

Support measures to help individuals and businesses directly affected by the COVID-19 disease.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) includes temporary benefits for workers, sickness, fishing and family-related benefits as well as how to apply online and submit a report.