We know that most Canadians are doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following Government recommendations. However, it may be difficult to stay occupied at home for such long periods of time. We have gathered a list of useful resources and tips that will help to keep you occupied at home.
Keep in mind that there may be changes to these programs, so it is best to check relevant government websites for the most current information regularly.
CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)
If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, you can apply to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for temporary income support. Learn more here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR YOUR FAMILY
The province of Ontario is offering financial support to families. Families will be eligible for a one-time payment of $200 per child up to age 12. They are also offering $250 per child with special needs up to the age of 21. Keep in mind that you will need to apply separately for each child. Learn more about this program here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families
CHANGES TO TAX FILING DEADLINES
The CRA has indicated that interest and penalties will not be charged if all deferred payments are met by September 1st, 2020. Interest and penalties will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. For the 2019 tax year, the filing date is extended to June 1st, 2020, for individuals. More information can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-filing-payment-dates.html
CONSIDER TRYING A FREE SERVICE OR TRIAL
During this time, some companies are offering no-charge trials, or offering some of their paid services for free. Some of these trials do require your credit card information, so be mindful before you sign-up for any service. Read all terms & conditions before signing up for any free or paid services.
Online Streaming Websites
- Crave (30 Day Trial)
- AppleTV (7 Day Trial)
- Hulu – (30 Day Trial)
- Netflix (30 Day Trial)
- Amazon Prime Video (30 Day Trial)
- Disney+ (7 Day Trial)
Additional Free Services
- Grow With Google (Free Online Courses For All)
- Audible (Free For Kids & Teens)
- Coursera (Free For University & College Students)
- Skillshare (Free For Students)
- Duolingo (Free Language Learning)
- Archive.org (Free For Everyone)
Everyone at Dentistry by Dr. Sferlazza wishes all the best to our patients and their families during this time. We cannot wait to see you all again!