Applications opened today for new sick leave and caregiver benefits

Caregiver benefit helps parents with young children who've been forced out of school or daycare

Two new benefits became available Monday for Canadians forced to stay home from work due to COVID-19.

The federal government is now accepting applications for the sick leave benefit and the new caregiver benefit. You can apply through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The $500 a week caregiver benefit helps parents with young children who’ve been forced out of school or daycare due to COVID-19. The benefit is also available to those who can’t work because a family member is sick or has to quarantine.

The $500 a week caregiver benefit helps parents with young children who've been forced out of school or daycare due to COVID-19
The $500 a week caregiver benefit helps parents with young children who’ve been forced out of school or daycare due to COVID-19

The second benefit is a two-week paid sick leave worth up to $1,000 for workers who can’t work because they have contracted COVID-19 or have an underlying condition that is forcing them from working.

“It is vital that Canadians have access to income support that reflects the impacts the pandemic has on their employment,” National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said in a statement on Sunday.

Ottawa estimates some 700,000 Canadians will apply for the caregiver benefit, while 4.4 million are expected to apply for sick leave.