The following scenarios were written by Indigenous Services Canada to help convey information about COVID-19 benefits available to individuals.
Learn about the benefits available in each scenario by clicking on the links below:
A family of 5 earning less than $58,000 in 2018
Paul and Katie are a young Inuit couple living in Iqaluit with their three young children.
Katie was laid off from her job as a cook due to COVID-19.
Later on, Paul was laid off by his employer in the construction industry.
A family of 3 with an income of $67,200 in 2018
Micheline and Laura are a First Nations couple living off-reserve in Quebec with their young child.
Micheline is a self-employed translator. She has noticed a decrease in client demand and has experienced some income loss as a result. Laura is a stay- at-home mom.
Micheline and Laura are recent homebuyers. They’re concerned with how they will manage their CMHC-insured mortgage and monthly bills.
They’re also worried about Laura’s elderly parents, who live alone on-reserve, and whose community has restricted entry and exit due to concerns over COVID-19.
Single parent, with an income of $30,000 in 2018
Violet works at a store on a reserve.
After the announcement that her 4-year-old son’s daycare was closed, Violet has had to take unpaid leave from her work to care for him. Violet is not EI-eligible.
A young grad student, with student debt
Michael, who is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), and a recent grad, currently works full-time as a plumber in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been paying off his student debt monthly and recently returned from a trip abroad.
Based on the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer, Michael was in isolation and unfortunately later tested positive for COVID-19.