Employment Support for Individuals
- Employment Insurance (EI) program | Government of Canada
Temporary changes to EI were introduced to better support Canadians looking for work. If eligible, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.
- NEW | Canada Recovery Benefit | Government of Canada
A beneift of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and who still require income support. Application process to open October 12.
- NEW | Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit | Government of Canada
A benefit of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who cannot work because they are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
- NEW | Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit | Government of Canada
A benefit of $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible workers who cannot work because they must provide care to children or family members due to the closure of schools, day cares or care facilities.
- Mortgage Payment Deferral | CMHC
Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a morgage payment deferral of up to six months.
- B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers | Province of BC
This benefit provides a tax-free $1,000 payment to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak.
Looking for employment? Below are some local companies that are still hiring amidst the COVID-19 crisis. There is still a need for staff to support many essential businesses during this time, but remember to stay safe and follow the BC Centre of Disease Control's guidelines during your job search.
Grocery stores across the region are hiring for a variety of positions including clerks, cashiers, stockers, and warehouse workers. Top employers looking for new talent include Safeway, Loblaw, and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Grocery delivery companies like Instacart and meal prep companies like Goodfood are also looking to hire additional workers to meet growing demand.
Food Delivery Drivers
As more people are opting to dine in, demand for food delivery services are growing. This growth is driving an increase in need for food delivery drivers. Below are some of the region's top food delivery services, along with links to their driver applications.
With the increase of orders from grocery stores to e-commerce giants like Amazon, additional job opportunities are being created in distribution centres across the region.
COVID-19 has increased the need for health care assistants in long-term care and assisted living services. Normally, to become a health care assistant requires six to eight months of post-secondary education at your own expense before you can apply for a position.
Through the Health Career Access Program, the Province of BC will pay for your post-secondary education. New hires in the program start in a health care support worker position and receive paid training that leads to full qualification as a health care assistant.
Job opportunities are also available for a variety of positions, including clerks, maintenance workers, supply technicians, and inventory and stocking attendants across various health authorities.
Babylon Health, which brings health services to the home via remote consultations, is hiring for positions including analysts, workforce coordinators, nurse practitioners, physicans, and registered nurses.
BC Care Providers
The healthcare sector, including private care homes and senior residences, has urgent staffing needs for positions such as front desk, servers, kitchen staff, and housekeepers.
British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) is hiring local skilled tradespeople and apprentices to work on select public infrastructure projects in the province, including the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project and the Boradway Subway Project. BCIB offers pathways to help applicants develop the skills necessary to be employed in the skilled trades, as well as priority hiring and re-hiring for locals, women, Indigenous peoples, and other groups underrepresented in the skilled trades.
Tech companies that are undergoing significant hiring for positions from customer service to software engineering include: