COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The new COVID-19 Income Support Program provides a one-time, taxable payment of $750. To qualify, Islanders must:
    • be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of Prince Edward Island as of December 31, 2019;
    • have earned a minimum of $5,000 gross earnings in the last 12 months;
    • lost their primary source of income because of COVID-19 and have no other income; and
    • have applied for federal benefits (e.g. Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit).
  • For more information, see the Government of Prince Edward Island’s news release of April 1, 2020.[491]

Moratorium on evictions

  • The Government of Prince Edward Island announced on April 2, 2020, that eviction orders will not be enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For more information, see the Government of Prince Edward Island’s news release of April 2, 2020.[492]

Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit

  • The Government of Prince Edward Island announced a $1,000,000 Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit to assist Island households that are currently renting and have seen an unexpected loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • For more information, see the Government of Prince Edward Island’s news release of March 30, 2020, or call 1-877-368-5770.[493]

Employee Gift Card Program

  • The Employee Gift Card Program is a temporary program aimed at providing a $100 Sobeys gift value to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with COVID-19. The employer is responsible to complete the application form and distribute the gift card letters to affected employees. To be eligible, the employer must:
    • have issued lay-off notice(s) to 1 or more employee(s) as a result of COVID-19, between March 13 and March 31, 2020; and
    • have affected employees with a salary of $25/hour or less.
  • For more information and to apply to the program, see the Government of Prince Edward Island’s “Employee Gift Card Program” website. [494]

Educational and financial supports for Islanders

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