April 2020

YES Employment Services is now delivering Employment Ontario programs and services via telephone, text and e-mail. We can also meet with you “virtually”. We are dedicated to helping you take control of your employment future. There are a number of ways to get started.

Book an appointment with one of our Career Development Practitioners

Call us: 807-623-0768

Text us at 807-633-7990.

E-mail us:  resource@yesjobsnow.com

You may also have questions about programs not delivered by YES.  Here are some helpful links and contacts. This information is updated weekly to maintain current information.

For General Information

Dial: 2-1-1
Chat: https://211ontario.ca/chat/
Email: questions@211north.ca
Visit: https://211north.ca/

Every hour of every day, 211 North, along with its provincial partners, helps people navigate and connect to health, social, community and government services. #211Ontario

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, you should apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, whether or not are eligible for Employment Insurance. The Benefit is available for the period from March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020.

The CERB supports Canadians by providing financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.

It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.

After you apply, you should get your payment in 3 business days if you signed up for direct deposit. If you haven’t, you should get it in about 10 business days.

Apply here

If you applied for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Other EI Benefits

In addition, for other EI benefits, including maternity, parental, caregiving, fishing and worksharing, you should also continue to apply.

Benefits for Post-Secondary Students and New Grads

The Prime Minister has announced a response program for Post-Secondary students not able to earn income this summer because of Covid-19. Link to the announcement here.

Information for local Businesses

Complete the Thunder Bay District Covid-19 impact survey. This survey is conducted for the purpose of understanding and assessing the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in the Thunder Bay district, as well as the response by businesses to the virus. The survey is being delivered in partnership by Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, and Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission.

The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre has compiled a comprehensive list of assistance available to local businesses. Link to the list in their April Newsletter here.

Food Security

RFDA is instructing individuals to call 211 for food bank times and locations. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

Family Breakfast and Snack package locations will be available on the Roots to Harvest website.

The Dew Drop Inn is open 7 days a week and serves a nutritious mid-day meal between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. They provide a safe, welcoming environment where hungry men, women, and children can come to eat with no questions asked.
Visit the Dew Drop Inn’s Facebook page for information.

The Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club brown bag lunch program is available at Vale Community Centre. This program is funded by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and United Way of Thunder Bay Covid Community Response Fund. Come between 12 & 1:30 weekdays to pick up a healthy lunch.

Ontario Works or ODSP Support

Ontario Supports for Families

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home.

Parents refers to parents, guardians, and caregivers.

Counselling Services

Thunder Bay Counselling Centre continues to provide counselling services. Find out how to speak with a counsellor on their website.

Assistance with Access to Technology for Individuals

Assistance with Access to Technology for Business

View information about the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre’s BTIF program.

Rural and Northern Immigration Project in Thunder Bay

E-mail: immigration@thunderbay.ca

Tel: (807) 625-3960
Toll Free: 1-800-668-9360 (North America)
Fax: (807) 623

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