Open letter


PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF PETER SCHIEFKE

With the recent end of the CERB program, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke is informing residents of new assistance programs released by the federal government.


Dear members of our community of Vaudreuil-Soulanges,

I hope you and your family are in good health. Earlier this week, we officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Quebec designated much of our community as red, the highest alert level. As a result, we will face more restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. I am aware that this situation may cause you anxiety or worry and that is why I wanted to take a moment to update you on the many Federal support programs that are in place for you and your family or your business, and to invite you to contact my office with any questions you may have.

We are currently in the process of transitioning from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to other economic measures that will address the needs of Canadians who are still financially impacted by this crisis.

New benefits

A few weeks ago, we announced temporary changes to the Employment Insurance program to make it more accessible and responsive to the situation many workers are currently facing. We have also proposed new benefits for those who are not eligible for Employment Insurance: the Canada Recovery Benefit tinyurl.com/y4sf4xot for self-employed workers or for people who are not eligible for Employment Insurance and still need income support, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit tinyurl.com/yy62otmk for workers who can't work because they are sick or who have to isolate themselves for reasons related to COVID-19 and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit tinyurl.com/y2hg62ef for eligible Canadians unable to work 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.

Business owners

If you are a business owner, or a Canadian employer who has experienced a decline in earnings due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to cover a portion of your employees' salaries, retroactive to March 15th. This subsidy will allow small business owners to rehire workers, prevent further job losses and facilitate the transition back to regular activities. The CEWS is currently set to expire on November 21st, 2020, but our government has committed through an announcement in the Throne Speech to put forward legislation that will extend the CEWS into the summer of 2021. You could also be eligible to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) that reduces rent by at least 75 % for April, May, June, July, August and September for small businesses most affected by COVID-19, or the the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) that provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

Other assistance programs may be available for you as well. As mentioned before, the situation is evolving every day, as are the solutions that come with it. If you want more information on our government's economic Response Plan for COVID-19, I invite you to visit www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-finances/plan-intervention-economique.html.

Don’t hesitate to contact the team

As was the case during the first wave, my team and I will continue to be there for you every step of the way. Whether you want to know more about what support programs are available or how they apply to your personal situation, we are here to answer your questions. My team is available for appointments virtually or by phone. To ensure we accommodate as many community members as possible, we are also available for appointments on weekends when necessary. Do not hesitate to contact my team and I if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach us by email at Peter.Schiefke@parl.gc.ca or by phone at 450-510-2305.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for our community of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and countless communities across Canada but by working together, continuing to follow guidelines, and staying vigilant, we will get through this.

Wishing you and yours continued good health, and safety.

Peter Schiefke

MP - Vaudreuil-Soulanges

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