Completed measures to respond to COVID-19

The Government of Canada has taken immediate action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Below are the completed measures that the Government of Canada put in place to respond to COVID-19.

Support for individuals

Individuals and families

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

An extra $300 per child was delivered through the CCB for 2019-20.

End date: May 20th, 2020

Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment

We provided a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low and modest-income families.

End date: April 9th, 2020

Post-secondary students and recent graduates

Supporting international students working in an essential service

We removed the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week. This applied to those working in an essential service, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

End date: August 31st, 2020


Providing a one-time tax-free payment for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement

We provided a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

End date: July 10th, 2020

Support for business

Taxes and tariffs

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments

We allowed businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing on their imports.

End date: June 30th, 2020

Financial support, loans and access to credit

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for early-stage businesses

We invested $250 million to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

End date: April 29th, 2020

Support for sectors

Agriculture and agri-food

Helping food producers access more PPE and adapt to health protocols

We launched a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment, adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19.

End date: July 31st, 2020

Helping redistribute existing and unsold inventories

We launched the Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories, which could include products such as potatoes and poultry, to local food organizations who are serving vulnerable Canadians.

End date: July 31st, 2020

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