The CRSB provides support to people who are employed and self-employed who are unable to work at least 50% of their scheduled work week because they've become sick with COVID-19 or have to isolate.
If you have an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk of getting COVID-19, you may also apply for this benefit, which is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
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To apply, you must be at least 15 years old, be a resident of Canada, have a SIN number and not be collecting Employment Insurance or any other benefits related to COVID-19, as well as meet other eligibility criteria.
If you meet the criteria, you can get $500 per week ($450 after taxes withheld), up to a maximum of six weeks. But after every one-week period, you need to reapply. You can apply for up to six weeks until May 7, 2022.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians, "with the Omicron variant spreading rapidly and new restrictions coming into effect in several places across the country, the new year isn't starting the way any of us wanted - but I want you to know that we’ll continue to make sure you have the support you need."
The borders may still be open, but both Canada and the United States are advising against travelling to the opposite country right now unless it's essential.
On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S.' national public health agency, website, Americans are being told not to travel to Canada right now because of the "very high level of COVID-19" in the country.
If one must travel to Canada, the CDC reminds them to ensure they are fully vaccinated and warns that due to "the current situation in Canada, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants."
Canada is basically saying the same thing about travelling to the U.S. — or anywhere else in the world — right now.
On December 15, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the Canadian government was immediately advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential international travel outside of Canada.
"If you do not have to travel internationally, please do not," Duclos said.
A call to avoid international travel currently appears on the federal government website, citing "the risk of the Omicron variant that causes COVID-19."
However, this advisory only acts as a guide and individuals are still permitted to travel abroad at their own risk. The Government of Canada states that "The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad."
Now, a Quebec moving company is jokingly offering to help. In an ad mocking the stranded influencers, Déménagement Le Clan Panneton says its expertise makes it capable of making the 5,823-kilometre trek from Mexico to Quebec. (It's a 61-hour drive according to Google Maps.)
TVA reports that the ad even appeared in the Journal de Montréal.
"We move your furniture to Mexico!" the ad reads. The extraordinary undertaking, the company says, is part of its new "Ostrogoth sans-dessein" special, referring, of course, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's tirade against the wayward group of Quebecers.
Customers who take advantage of the deal could even win a free selfie stick, the ad promises. Iconcludes with an apology in Spanish to Mexicans on behalf of Quebec "for sending you these rude gringos."
The fine print warns that Le Clan Panneton won't move furniture in exchange for exposure on influencers' social media pages.
At least one other company is capitalizing on the frenzy of ridicule for the Sunwing partiers. Local burger chain La Belle et La Boeuf advertised a joke "influencer burger," a monstrosity with ingredients such as "gros piment" and "gros jambon" — both of which can mean something akin to "big idiot."
In addition to becoming the butt of jokes, the partiers are now subject to a federal investigation that could land them thousands of dollars in fines if they're found to have committed an offence.
Barred from boarding two airlines, subject to an investigation by the Canadian government and now on the receiving end of ridicule by the prime minister of Canada — the group of Quebec influencers reportedly shown on video partying maskless on a private Sunwing flight to Cancun might not be having the relaxing week they thought would.
Justin Trudeau weighed in on the incident in a press conference on Wednesday. He said it was "unacceptable that people are putting at risk, not just other passengers, not just airline workers, but their fellow citizens."
The prime minister said he was particularly disheartened by the fact that the group of partiers, who the Journal de Montréal identified as local influencers and reality stars, engaged in this behaviour while the majority of Canadians are following health rules and reducing contacts.
Canada continues to advise residents to avoid non-essential travel.
Influenceurs partis \u00e0 Canc\u00fan en faisant la f\u00eate dans l\u2019avion : \u00ab Une gang de sans-dessein \u00bb, dit le premier ministre Justin Trudeau.pic.twitter.com/eRU7VWKq2B
— Radio-Canada Info (@Radio-Canada Info)
"When a gang de sans-desseins decides to leave like Ostrogoths on vacation, it's extremely frustrating," a visibly annoyed Trudeau said.
"Sans-desseins" can politely be translated as "purposeless or clueless people."
Sunwing has cancelled the group's return flight to Canada. Air Transat said Wednesday that it would also deny boarding to the group, whose members had apparently been trying to book tickets back.
Transports Canada is in the process of investigating the incident.
In a joint statement Tuesday, transportation Minister Omar Alghabra, health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and public safety Minister Marco Mendicino said they were taking the incident, and alleged COVID-19 rule violations in particular, "very seriously."
They warned that members of the group could be in for thousands in fines if they're found guilty of an offence.