Ron McKinnon
Ron McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
COVID-19 Update | March 28, 2020
March 28, 2020

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Dear Neighbour, 

During these times, uncertain and challenging due to COVID-19, I want to take another opportunity to check in once more with our community. 

I hope you are all keeping safe, and taking necessary measures to implement all public health requirements- in particular, by respecting physical distancing, and avoiding getting together with friends and such, to protect yourself and others. 

Now is the time to be diligent in our practice of social distancing because together we can and will get through this. The better we do this, the sooner we'll be past it. 

My office staff and I have been working hard every day to advocate for you and respond to the concerns of our community. 

We are actively helping with many complex situations, such as constituents stranded abroad, as well as answering inquiries regarding the first phase of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and the words of encouragement we receive. We are receiving an extremely high volume of inquiries, but, rest assured, we are in the process of responding to all constituents. 

Today, I'd like to update you on our government's newest measures to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and its economic impacts.  

As of midnight Thursday night, all Canadians travellers arriving from abroad are subject to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days (excepting only essential service workers such as truckers and airline crews, where appropriate). 

Under the Quarantine Act, this will be enforceable through fines up to $750,000, and even possible jail time. Quarantined Canadians will be monitored to make sure that they are in fact honouring the quarantine. This is imperative to further decrease the spread of COVID-19 within Canada. 

The Prime Minister also announced the Emergency Response Plan which provides support to Canadians and businesses that need assistance as a result of COVID-19.  

In order to make the process easier to access and more efficient, we combined the two formerly-proposed benefits (Emergency Care, and Support Benefits) into one: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  

You will be able to apply for these benefits through an online portal, which is anticipated to be available by April 6.


Federal Support for Individuals  

Support for individuals and families: Increasing the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)


Special Goods and Services Tax Credit Payment


Extra time to file tax returns 


Mortgage Support 


Support for people facing unemployment 

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit 

We will provide a taxable $2000 a month, for up to 4 months to:  

Applicants will receive their Emergency Response payments about 10 days after applying 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal in early April 

Applicants can also apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number 

Please Note: This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit 


Apply for Employment Insurance 


Support for people who need it most

Indigenous Community Support Fund


Enhancing the Reaching Home initiative


Women's shelters and sexual assault centres 




Students and recent graduates 

Moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans


Support to Businesses

A Few Good Places to Start 

  1. Visit the Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade website for businesses for information about supporting your employees and your business. It will be constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolves 
  2. Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19 
  3. Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare your business in the days and weeks to come
  4. Contact your bank. Canada's banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair, and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions. 


Avoid Layoffs 

Expanding the Work-Sharing program


Providing small business with wage subsidies 


Deferring all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST)


The Canada Emergency Business Account 


Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program  

 Access to credit 

Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) 


Support for Farmers 


Supporting Financial Stability 


More time to pay income taxes


COVID-19 Financial Help for Canadians Abroad 

Introduced the Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad  

Canadians outside Canada who are impacted by COVID-19 can apply for an emergency repayable loan to facilitate their return to Canada and cover basic essential needs while they work towards their return 

If your are still abroad, please ensure you are registered with the Registry of Canadians Abroad and contact the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email [email protected] to receive emergency consular support 

Thank you for your understanding. During these challenging times, my priority and that of my staff remain to work hard to meet your needs and ensure your voice is heard. 

For more information follow me FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, or visit my website, where I will be providing up-to-date information as it becomes available. 

Yours sincerely, 


Ron McKinnon

Member of Parliament for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam   

Main office - Port Coquitlam
3278 Westwood Street Suite 101
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3C 3L8


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