The Government of Canada has launched a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19“, on canada.ca/coronavirusbenefits, to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs.
“Find financial help during COVID-19” was developed by the Canadian Digital Service, together with partners at Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, and is part of a suite of online tools and resources the government has made available to help Canadians navigate this crisis with confidence.
By answering a few simple questions, individuals will be presented with a personalized list of financial benefits that could be available to them, based on their specific circumstances.
The tool provides individuals with information on federal, provincial and territorial benefits programs available to them, including the just-launched Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and the Canada Child Benefit top-up, as well as measures such as mortgage and student loan deferrals. It will be updated as needed as the government continues to support Canadians during this challenging time.
Guided by a set of digital principles, this tool was designed for, and with, Canadians to ensure they can get the accurate and timely information they need, now.
- This web-based tool was built in line with the Government of Canada Digital Standards, as an open-source tool, designed with the people who need it most.
- The tool will continuously be updated as new government benefits programs are announced.
- The source code for this and other open-source digital tools can be found on Open Call, the Government of Canada’s curated catalogue of free, open-source tools available to help teams from all levels of government serve their communities during COVID-19.
- “Notify” notification and information-sharing system
- Information on COVID-19
- Canadian Digital Service