Financial Assistance Resources

Service Canada COVID-19 Assistance Line

1-833-381-2725

General support for individuals

Agriculture Job Connector

Matching workers with employers to fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.

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CMHC: INSURED MORTGAGE PROTECTION PROGRAM

$50 Billion for mortgage payments, deferrals, and payment arrangements

MORTGAGE DEFERRAL

Up to 6 months of deferral on mortgage payments, skip a payment, automobile loans, and credit cards
Who can apply: Case by case basis. Speak with your bank for more information

Oilfields Food Bank

Who is eligible: Local residents of Black Diamond, Turner Valley and surrounding area. Contact Oilfields Food Bank for other criteria.
How to receive assistance: Call 403-612-1291 on Mondays between 9-6 pm or Tuesdays between 9-2 pm to make your hamper request, intake will be done over the phone.

Support for people facing unemployment or unable to work

New Recovery Benefits

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who are not employed or self-employed due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.

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Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

$2,000/month 
Who can apply: 
  • 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.

Even though the CERB has ended, the CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications until December 2, 2020.

Periods 5 to 7: You can apply through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.

Periods 1 to 4: You can apply by speaking to one of our agents at 1-800-232-1966. Please note that you may be required to provide additional documentation to the CRA prior to your application being approved.

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CREATING A NEW FUTURE: THE JOB LOSS WORKBOOK

Alberta Community and Social Services has put together this workbook offers a whole range of practical information, exercises and options to ease the transition from being employed to being unemployed, to moving on and creating a new future.

BUDGETING BASICS

This workbook, put together by Money Mentors, offers suggestions on how to budget and cut your expenses, boost your income and access useful information, services, and programs.

WORK SEARCH BASICS

Alberta Community and Social Services published this guide to finding work is for new or inexperienced job seekers. Start by identifying your skills, accomplishments, needs and wants, and decide which jobs are a good fit for you. Get tips on how to network effectively, conduct an information interview and be successful in a job interview. Learn how to create an outstanding cover letter and which resume type works best for you