You can now apply for Nova Scotia’s worker fund and business grant

Two $20-million funds established to help self-employed and laid-off workers in Nova Scotia who do not qualify for employment insurance are now available online.

Applications for the Worker Emergency Bridge Fund and Small Business Impact Grant aimed at helping those impacted by the ongoing coronavirus health crisis went online Friday at 8 a.m.

Through the Worker Emergency Bridge Fund, the province will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 to “bridge the gap between the layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response benefit.”

You’re able to apply if you earned between $5,000 and $34,000 a year in 2018 and were laid off or out of work on or after March 16, 2020, because of COVID-19.

The province says the funds can be combined with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the payment counts as taxable income.

Other eligibility requirements include that you:

  • are a Nova Scotia resident
  • are 18 or older
  • have applied (or plan to apply) for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

You do not qualify if you’re:

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  • receiving or are eligible for Employment Insurance benefits
  • receiving Income Assistance
  • receiving any income or benefit (like salary, sick leave, disability insurance or workers’ compensation) because you lost your income for reasons other than COVID-19
  • incarcerated in a federal or provincial institution

You can apply for the benefit here.

Last week, Premier Stephen McNeil said the Small Business Impact Grant will allow eligible “small businesses and social enterprises” to receive a grant of 15 per cent of their revenue from sales — either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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