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COVID-19 and measures taken by the Government of the Province of Quebec

The Government of the Province of Québec has taken a number of measures[1] to contain the spread of COVID-19. Of these measures, include:

  • the minimization of non-priority services and activities[2] by the adoption of the Order in Council 223-2020 declaring the suspension of all activity carried on in work environments providing non-priority services[3];

  • a program to offer financial assistance to meet the needs of workers who, because they are in isolation to counter the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, cannot earn all of their work income and are not eligible for another financial assistance program[4];


COVID-19


Minimization of non-priority services and activities[5]

As of March 25, 2020, at 00:01 and until April 13, 2020, the Government of the Province of Québec has ordered the minimization of all non-priority services and activities. That said, the Government of the Province of Quebec has stated that:

  • all businesses can engage in teleworking and e-commerce;

  • all businesses that produce inputs or raw materials necessary for priority services and activities must maintain their activities accordingly, bearing in mind the directives from public health authorities;

  • businesses that provide non-essential services, excluding stores, can maintain minimal operations to ensure the resumption of their activities, bearing in mind the directives issued by public health authorities.

If you think your business should be considered as essential, it is possible to ask the Government of the Province of Quebec to verify the designation as an essential business.


Workers who are entitled to emergency childcare services during the pandemic?

Temporary Aid for Workers Program[6] (“Program”)

For those that cannot earn all of their work income and are not eligible for another financial assistance program as a result of isolation measures (i.e., compensation from your employer or private insurance, other government programs, such as employment insurance), the Government of the Province of Quebec has offered financial assistance to meet the needs of those workers.

Strict eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this fourteen (14) day Temporary Program (implemented on March 16, 2020 and closing when the situation returns to normal), you (the worker) must satisfy the following strict requirements:

  • be a worker that resides in the Province of Québec; and

  • be in isolation for one of the following reasons:

(1) they have contracted the virus or present symptoms;

(2) they have been contact with an infected person; or

(3) they have returned from abroad.

In addition, workers who are in isolation or likely to be under the above criteria are eligible for this Program if:

  • you are not receiving compensation from your employer;

  • you do not have private insurance;

  • you are not covered by another government program, such as employment insurance

The order to self-isolate must have been given by the Government of Canada, the Government of the Province of Québec or another responsible authority.

Exclusions - Self-employed persons

Self-employed persons are not eligible for this program.

Payments

The lump-sum amount granted to an eligible worker is $1,146, or $573 per week for a period of 14 days of isolation.

Additional details for this program can be found at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/family-and-support-for-individuals/financial-assistance/temporary-aid-for-workers-program/questions-answers-temporary-aid-workers-program/.

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For any other information regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us

[1] https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/situation-coronavirus-in-quebec/ [2] https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/essential-services-commercial-activities-covid19/

[3] https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/cdn-contenu/adm/min/sante-services-sociaux/publications-adm/lois-reglements/Decret-223-2020-anglais.pdf?1585098577 [4] https://www.quebec.ca/en/family-and-support-for-individuals/financial-assistance/temporary-aid-for-workers-program/ [5] https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/essential-services-commercial-activities-covid19/ and https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-coronavirus-essential-services-list-ontario-quebec-explainer/ [6] https://www.quebec.ca/en/family-and-support-for-individuals/financial-assistance/temporary-aid-for-workers-program/

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