[Canada] COVID-19 Provincial Relief Measures

In response to COVID-19, some provincial governments have introduced measures to support essential workers during the pandemic. Learn more about BC Temporary Pandemic Pay and NL Essential Worker Support Program and if you have received funding, how to enter eligible employee payments in Wave. 

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BC Temporary Pandemic Pay

In response to COVID-19, the Temporary Pandemic Pay program was launched by the B.C. provincial government. It was introduced to recognize the efforts of frontline employees delivering health and social services to B.C.’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic.

To date, the B.C. government has provided $297 million in temporary pandemic pay to just over 200,000 eligible employees. Eligibility for employees who worked straight-time hours from March 15 to July 4, 2020 and the employer submission period for claims are now closed, however funding continues to be disbursed on a regular basis. 

The claim process

Submissions were accepted from September 14, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and processed upon receipt. All claims go through a three-step process before they are validated. After validation, all claims are sent to the Ministry of Finance for payment which takes 7 to 10 business days.

The Ministry expects to complete nearly all claims by the end of January 2021. At this time, the B.C. Ministry of Finance is unable to provide status updates or precise dates for individual claims as they continue to process remaining claims.

Employer responsibilities

Eligible provincially-funded employers and contracted service providers that submitted claims on behalf of employees and subcontractors will not receive a notification that the funds have been sent or deposited. Funding should arrive in the same way it is normally disbursed to your organization, so you're encouraged to check your account regularly.

Steps to take in Wave

If you have been approved for BC Temporary Pandemic Pay and are ready to disperse payment to eligible employees, add amounts in Wave Payroll to be issued on your pay period. Here's how:

  1. Under Payroll > Click Employees
  2. Select Employee 
  3. Click Benefits & Deductions
  4. Click Add to Pay
  5. Select Bonus (Discretionary)
  6. Click Save

Once saved, repeat steps above for all eligible employees receiving Temporary Pandemic Pay. Amounts will be added to your next regular payroll period in Wave. Go to Run Payroll in order to review and approve when ready. 


NL Essential Worker Support Program (EWSP)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Essential Worker Support Program (EWSP) provides a temporary wage top-up to essential workers employed during Alert Level 4 and 5 of the COVID-19 pandemic. The eligibility period for this program is from March 15, 2020 – July 4, 2020. Qualified essential workers are eligible for the EWSP benefit based on the total number of hours worked over the eligibility period, as outlined here

Updated Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

In order to provide financial support to even more essential workers employed during the pandemic, NL has reopened EWSP applications. The maximum gross monthly income has increased from $3,000 to $3,500.

The claim process

Step 1: Register as an Essential Worker Employer

Employers are required to set themselves up as a NL government vendor in order to receive payment and with the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS) in order to submit the EWSP application online. Complete your registration as an Essential Worker Employer on the Employer Registration page and refer here for additional guidance. 

Step 2: Submit an Application

Employers can complete and submit an Online Application in Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS). Click here to learn more.

Employers who previously applied under the original EWSP are not required to register or submit a new application. You will need to submit a new Declaration and Employee Template. Email documents to EssentialWorkers@gov.nl.ca and reference your LaMPSS organization ID, or your agreement number when sending your email.

Employer responsibilities

Check the progress of your application by logging into LaMPSS and view the agreement status.

Once your application approved, NL will issue you a payment for dispersement to employees through regular payroll processing. The necessary payroll deductions such as HAPSET, CPP, and EI are required. You are not required to remit Workplace NL deductions for the benefit. When you're ready to add employee top-up amounts to payroll, go to the next section for steps to take in Wave.

Steps to take in Wave

If you have been approved for EWSP and have received funding to disperse to eligible employees, you can add the amounts in Wave Payroll to be issued on a future pay period. Here's how:

  1. Under Payroll > Click Employees
  2. Select Employee 
  3. Click Benefits & Deductions
  4. Click Add to Pay
  5. Select Bonus (Discretionary)
  6. Click Save

Once saved, repeat steps above for all eligible employees receiving the EWSP benefit. Amounts will be added to your next regular payroll period in Wave. Go to Run Payroll in order to review and approve when ready. 


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