Get Your Benefits
Financial Relief Navigator for COVID-19

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Prosper Canada developed the Financial Relief Navigator, an online tool that helps vulnerable Canadians access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. While some other tools focus on only emergency benefits, the FRN acts as a one-stop portal where Canadians can access relief measures from all of these entities.

Financial Relief Navigator Home page Some unique features include:
  • Simple, intuitive navigation with plain language descriptions of benefits and financial relief measures.
  • Information on the impact of COVID-19 benefits on existing benefits that people may already be receiving (e.g. Social Assistance.
  • Information on relief measures in place for major banks, credit unions, utilities and telephone/internet providers.
Are you a working age adult who has been impacted by COVID-19? Dr. Jennifer Robson of Carleton University has compiled information on Google Drive to assist you if you have questions such as the following:
  • Who can I call for information or to ask a question about financial support from government right now?
  • I need to take sick leave because I’m ill or self-isolating or have to quarantine.
  • I can’t work because I'm caring for someone who is sick.
  • I've been laid off.
  • I am at home because my kids cannot go to school or daycare. I need money to make ends meet.
  • My employer can't pay me but I haven't been laid off.
  • I’m not sure that my employer is following the rules.
  • I’m self-employed. What benefits can I get?
  • I'm a college or university student and I was counting on my summer job to pay tuition in the fall. What do I do?
  • I’m having trouble keeping up with my rent. Is there help for me?
COVID-19 GOVERNMENT UPDATES ON BENEFITS
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 Get Your Benefits! is a plain language booklet listing many federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs individuals and families living in Manitoba may be eligible for. It is available in two languages:

To order paper copies free of charge:
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, paper copies of the Get Your Benefits booklet are currently not available. A pdf version of the 28-page booklet is available for download.
Many Manitoba resources are included in the Get Your Benefits booklet, but we also recognize the importance of keeping the guide brief and easy to use. Rural communities – who are most knowledgeable about the resources in their area – are very welcome to adapt the booklet to meet the needs of their communities. To facilitate this process, please contact our office to obtain a copy of the original Word file.

General resources for everyone

   

Resources for health providers

 

You might think that because you receive social assistance or are a low-income earner there is no need to file your income tax return. But if you don’t file a return, you might be missing out on additional income. You may be eligible for some of the tax credits and benefits listed in the Get Your Benefits booklet.

 

Poverty is a significant risk factor for poor health and must be addressed like other major health risks. With better income, children are more likely to complete their education; less likely to experience difficulties finding and keeping jobs; and less likely to suffer adult illness and early death.

Provincial government departments and health and social service organizations may order as many paper copies as needed from Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living.


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A coalition of healthcare providers, researchers, community agencies and non-profit organizations based in Manitoba who aim to treat poverty to improve the health and well-being of Manitoba families.

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