Employment Support for Individuals
- Improved access to employment insurance | Government of Canada
The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.
- Emergency Support Benefit | Government of Canada
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID’s impact, the Government is introducing an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment. Applications will be available in April through the CRA website.
- Emergency Care Benefit | Government of Canada
The Emergency Care Benefit provides up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This benefit is for qualified workers who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 or taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, as well as parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures. Applications will be available in April through the CRA website.
- 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.
Job opportunities are available for a variety of positions, including clerks, maintenance workers, supply technicians, and inventory and stocking attendants.
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: