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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Provincial and Federal Income Support Programs

These programs can provide resources to people with COVID-19, as well those affected by the pandemic such as people who are unable to work or taking care of someone with the virus.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Up to $500/week for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the work week because they contracted COVID-19 or need to self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.

Apply online

Canada Recovery Benefit

For workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Apply online

Other federal supports for individuals and families can be found here, and include:

  • Employment Insurance (EI) program
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) – For workers:
    • unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
    • because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.

Provincial Emergency Assistance

People can qualify for this assistance if they live in Ontario, are affected by COVID-19, and need help with food and housing costs. The amount depends on each specific situation. For example, they may get:

  • approximately $733 for a month for a single person and need help paying for food and shelter/rent
  • more if they have children
  • up to 48 days of support depending on your specific situation

Apply online or calling the local Ontario Works office.

If you are a newcomer to Canada you can call Quinte Immigration Services and connect with one of their settlement workers. They can work with you to review what benefits you are eligible to receive from the government. They may also be able to connect you to other immigration related resources. You can reach them at 613-968-7723.

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.