Hazardous weather: Important notices on flooding and wildfires
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The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadians affected by flooding and wildfires across the country.
Apply for Employment Insurance
If you’re unable to work due to flooding or wildfires, apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits as soon as possible, even if your employer hasn’t yet issued you a record of employment.
To process your application, we need your mailing and residential addresses.
- Provide a mailing address where you can receive mail (you can update this address later, if required). For example, the address of a:
- family member
- temporary shelter
- Provide your usual residential address, even if you’re temporarily living somewhere else
Submit your EI reports
To receive EI benefits, you must complete and file reports online or by phone every 2 weeks.
If you receive money from an insurance company because of flooding or wildfires, or relief funds from the government, the Red Cross or another charitable organization, don’t declare these amounts on your EI reports. Emergency relief funds aren’t considered income for the purposes of EI. Declare all other amounts received.
Get your payments on time
To receive your payments without any postal delays, sign up for direct deposit.
If you need more help
Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security
The delivery of physical pension cheques by mail may be impacted by flooding or wildfires in areas across Canada.
To ensure timely delivery of benefits, those who have not signed up yet are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. Those affected by hazardous weather can change their address to ensure they receive their cheques.
To sign up or to make a change, Canadians can send an eServiceCanada request. A representative will contact them by telephone within 2 business days. They can also call 1-800-277-9914.
Those who still receive paper cheques are encouraged to visit Canada Post for updates and alternate delivery arrangements or pick-up locations.
For more information, please contact us.
Student loan and apprentice loan borrowers
Are you affected by a natural disaster and need help making your loan payments? You can fast track your application for the Repayment Assistance Plan.
If a client requires further support and assistance to access service, help is available through an eServiceCanada request. This is available online and on mobile phones.
Clients can also call the Service Canada Outreach Support Centre to receive assistance from a Service Canada representative.
Service Canada Outreach Support Centre
Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick: 1-877-464-2657
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon: 1-877-631-2657
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