The Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) kicks off this month. The initiative, first announced in April, will provide eligible Quebec essential workers a salary bonus. On May 11, Revenu Québec released a new timetable for applications.\nAccording to the new schedule, workers can apply beginning:\nMay 19 if they were born in January, February or March;\n\n\nMay 20 if they were born in April, May or June;\n\n\nMay 21 if they were born in July, August or September; and\n\n\nMay 22 if they were born in October, November or December.\n"This strategy is intended to avoid clogging up the website and customer service," Revenu Québec writes.\nThe agency is also extending customer service hours in this period.\nAfter May 22, "all citizens will be able to apply for the IPREW, regardless of their date of birth."\nSuccessful applicants could receive "$100 each week for up to 16 weeks of eligible work, retroactive to March 15, 2020."\nIn sum, these workers would receive up to $1,600.\nPayments will begin on May 27 and continue by direct deposit every two weeks thereafter.\nRevenu Québec clarifies that "to receive assistance under the IPREW, you need to be registered for My Account for individuals and direct deposit."\nOn sait que la bataille contre la COVID-19 est difficile pour beaucoup de monde du côté économique.On est là pour vous aider à passer au travers. Lâchez-pas.Voici les détails de notre annonce d’aujourd’hui pour les travailleurs essentiels 👇 pic.twitter.com/mXEBepw8LS— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 3, 2020\nTo be eligible, you must:\n"work part-time or full-time in one of the essential service sectors during the program period";\n\n\n"receive eligible work income of $550 or less per week";\n\n\n"earn at least $5,000 in eligible employment income for 2020 (not counting your spouse's income)";\n\n\n"have a total annual income of no more than $28,600 for 2020 (not counting assistance received under the IPREW and your spouse's income)";\n\n\nbe "at least 15 years old when you apply for assistance under the IPREW";\n\n\nhave been a "resident in Quebec on December 31, 2019;\n\n\n"and plan to reside in Quebec throughout 2020."\nMoreover, those workers whose pay increased to more than $550 after the minimum wage increase on May 1 would not be eligible to receive payments for work performed after that date.\nThe Government of Canada is working with the provinces and territories to give a much-needed wage boost to essential workers who are helping to keep our country moving. Get the details on today’s announcement: https://t.co/kqkNA2NUGk #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/SqzuSyza5W— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) May 7, 2020\nThe federal government has also announced an agreement with the provincial governments to give raises to low-income essential workers across the country.\nThough Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made clear that each province would determine its own eligibility requirements.\n"If you're risking your health to keep this country moving and you're making minimum wage, you deserve a raise," he said on May 7.\n"These Canadians are providing us with essential services, so we can continue to keep our families safe and healthy," the Prime Minister's Office wrote in a statement.\nCOMMUNIQUÉ 📣 Revenu Québec invite les travailleurs admissibles au Programme incitatif pour la rétention des #TravailleursEssentiels (#PIRTE) à effectuer leur demande selon un calendrier déterminé par leur mois de naissance. ➡️Les détails ici: https://t.co/zuOtKc5SIc#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Vu7Y6nEKKH— Revenu Québec (@RevenuQuebec) May 11, 2020\nMore details are forthcoming.\nStay tuned.